Note to self: Bridgeport in April is a miserable place to watch a baseball game.
Thursday night, the Camden Riversharks began the 2012 season by blowing a four run lead and eventually losing 9-7 to the Bridgeport Bluefish. Starter Mike McGuire surrendered five runs on seven hits in just over 5 innings of work, but the line of the night came from his relief, Mike Mehlich. Lasting 1/3 of an inning, Mehlich gave up 6 runs on 4 hits, walking FOUR BATTERS before being yanked for Zach Hammes.
ABL MVP and all around big deal Brian Burgamy went 3 for 4, and Jake "Von" Eigsti went 2 for 4 with a double, 3 RBI and a run scored. That covers just about all the good news from game one of this series.
It rained off and on for the entire game, making for a miserable night in the stands. Luckily, there were virtually no Bluefish fans to be found. Paid attendance was somewhere around 700, in a stadium that seats over 5,000. It would've been funny if it wasn't so sad. Yeah, I get it, a weekday night, with miserable weather, but this is your HOME OPENER we're talking about, 'Fish.
Game 2, on Friday, wasn't hampered by rain. But it was bloody FREEZING in Bridgeport tonight.
Starter Sean Jarrett went 5 strong innings, and the offense blew up. Felix Pie hit a 2 run dinger in the 5th to put Camden up 4-0, and Drew Macias hit a bases clearing triple in the 7th to make it 7-0 Sharks. Shea Harris plated another run in the 8th with an RBI double.
Macias wasn't done. In the 9th he launched his first homer of the season over the centerfield wall to make the score 9-0. The bullpen combined for four shutout innings and the Sharks have their first win of 2012.