The Somerset Patriots put twelve batters to plate in the sixth to plate eight runs and beat the Camden Riversharks, 8-0, Tuesday night at Campbell’s Field. It is the first time the Sharks have been shutout this season.
Keith Weiser (0-2) came out strong for the Riversharks (10-14), but things unraveled after three straight singles in the sixth chased him from the ball game. Jeff Farnsworth and Mariano Gomez were tagged for a combined six runs before finally getting through the treacherous inning. The Riversharks had allowed 36 runs in the previous twenty three games, their highest of any inning.
Paul Phillips (4-0) was outstanding for the Patriots (13-11) to pick up his fourth win in four outings. He went seven innings, scattering just three hits while whiffing seven. The only real threat against him came in the second, when the Sharks put runners at the corners with one down. Phillips was able to strike out Colin Roberson and get Chris Walker to fly out to deep right-center to get out of the jam.
The bright spot for Camden came from Ricky Brooks, who just signed on with the team over the weekend. He made his home debut and did not disappoint, facing the minimum through two innings of work while striking out a pair.
Mikey Mehlick continued that trend with a perfect ninth to end the game on ten straight batters retired by Riversharks pitching, but it was too little too late.