Sunday, June 10, 2012

Spencer Steedley Might Be The Second Coming Of Cy Young, 'Sharks Outlast 'Crabs 6-5

The Camden Riversharks hit three home runs to bite the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, 6-5, Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set at Regency Furniture Stadium. 

The Blue Crabs (22-21) got on the board first thanks to a solo home run from Jeremy Owens in the second inning. They added another in the third after David Espinosa walked, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Chris Caves. He then scored on a groundout from Casey Benjamin. Owens scored again in the fifth on a single from Espinosa to make it 3-0. 

The Riversharks (21-22) got one back in the sixth on the power of a Marquez Smith solo home run. That was the only run Crabs starter Nick Green allowed. He was pulled after the sixth, allowing the one run on four hits in his six innings. 

He gave way to Jared Locke (1-1) and the Riversharks took advantage. The first two men of the inning were set down before Jake Eigsti drew a walk. Caves made up for his throwing error with a two-run homer to tie the game and Chris Walker made it back-to-back jacks to give Camden the lead. They continued to pile on as Paddy Matera walked and scored on a Smith double and Brian Burgamy chased home Smith with a single to make it a five-run seventh inning and give the Riversharks a 6-3 lead. 

Spencer Steedley (2-0) pitched a perfect sixth inning before the Riversharks explosion to earn the win. Steedley has appeared in two games since joining the Sharks earlier this week. He has retired all six men he's faced and the Sharks have exploded for 12 runs in the two combined innings following his effort for come-from-behind victories. 

Southern Maryland made it interesting in the ninth, scoring two runs and for the second straight game pinch hitting Chin-Lung Hu with two outs in the ninth and the tying run in scoring position. John Lujan was able to strike him out this time though to preserve the win and gain sole possession of the league-lead in saves, becoming the first to double digits with his tenth. 

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