Friday, May 25, 2012

Justin Cassel Deserves A Round Of Applause

For the second time in four days the Somerset Patriots blank the Camden Riversharks, 4-0, Friday night at TD Bank Ballpark. The Riversharks had not been shutout in 2012 before this series.

Jonny Tucker scored his first of two runs in the first inning on a Jeff Nettles RBI groundout to give the Patriots (14-13) the early lead.

Kevin Reese (1-1) settled down and put up zeros until the fifth, when Tucker delivered a two-RBI double to provide some insurance. He would come around to score later in the inning when Riversharks (12-15) first baseman Brian Burgamy made an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt.

Justin Cassel (1-3) didn’t need the insurance. He went seven scoreless innings for Somerset, scattering four hits while striking out a season-high nine Riversharks.

Marquez Smith, who continues to impress since joining Camden earlier in the week, reached base in all four trips to the plate. He had two of the Riversharks six hits on the night and Cassel’s only two walks.

The Camden bullpen continued to impress, with Blake King throwing two innings without allowing a run, but the Patriot bullpen countered with two scoreless innings of their own to secure the win and draw the series even at two games apiece.

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