Monday, June 11, 2012

'Sharks Lose Ugly, 9-1.

The Camden Riversharks bats were silenced in a 9-1 loss to the Bridgeport Bluefish Monday night in the first of a three-game series at Harbor Yard. The only run the Sharks scored was unearned.

Raymar Diaz (1-5) went seven innings, allowing the unearned run on six hits while striking out five. The loan Riversharks (21-23) run came in the third when singles from Scott Knazek and Lloyd Turner put runners at the corners with two down. Marquez Smith reached on an error by Luis Lopez to allow Knazek to score the first run of the game.

The Bluefish (20-24) responded in the bottom of the frame. Elliott Ayala and James Simmons hit back-to-back singles to kick off the inning. Both runners were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Pedro Lopez and were driven in on a two-run single from Kennard Jones to give the ‘Fish a 2-1 lead.

Things got messier for ‘Sharks starter Kevin Reese (1-2) in the fourth. With runners at the corners and two down, Pedro Lopez singled home Louis Lopez. He and James Simmons both scored when the next batter, Kennard Jones, tripled and Eddie Rogers followed up with a two-run home run to complete the five run inning. Reese went four innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits while striking out four.

Kennard Jones drove in his fifth run of the game in the sixth, plating James Simmons, who scored three runs in the contest, off Riversharks reliever Jeff Farnsworth. A sacrifice fly from Brock Peterson scored the second run in the inning.

Mariano Gomez pitched a scoreless inning out of the pen for the Sharks. He has allowed one earned run in his last six appearances (6.2 innings). Lloyd Turner’s 1-for-3 day extended his hitting streak to ten games and Brian Burgamy extended his streak to ten straight games reaching base. Meanwhile, Marquez Smith failed to get a hit for just the fourth time in his twenty games played this season; he was riding a five-game hit streak.

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