Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Eigsti's 3 RBI & Solid Bullpen Lift Sharks Over Pats

Mike McGuire looked like he was in trouble.

After walking Somerset's lead off man Johnny Tucker and giving up a Texas Leaguer to second baseman Freddie Bynum, a Freddy Sandoval RBI single made it 1-0 Pats in the top of the first.

But after picking off Sandoval, McGuire retired the next two batters to end the inning and minimize the damage. He settled in, retiring the next six batters he faced, and only really got in trouble in the 4th, when Jesse Hoorelbeke crushed a 2 run homer to left, making it 3-0 Pats.

The 'Sharks countered in the bottom of the 4th when Jake Eigsti drove in newly acquired third baseman Marquez Smith with a one out grounder to third.

Camden tied the game in the 6th when Eigsti doubled down the left field line to score Lloyd Turner and Brian Burgamy. Somerset manager Sparky Lyle came out to argue the ball was foul, but after the umpires converged (and talk for a LONG time, meaning: nobody really had a good view of the play) the call stood, and it was 3-3 'Sharks after 6.

Somerset took the lead again in the top of the 7th on a sac fly to left from Sandoval. But the 'Sharks again rallied after the stretch when Smith's 2 out, 2 RBI single scored Chris Walker and Colin Roberson.

The bullpen combo of Zach Hammes, Jason Bergmann, and John Lujan combined to blank the Pats the rest of the game, allowing no run and no hits through 2 2/3 innings. Hammes gets the win, and Lujan struck out two in the 9th to earn his fourth save of the season.

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