Friday, July 20, 2012
Revs Three Run Ninth Seals 'Sharks Fate
By: Jake Levy
The 12th Rivershark home run in seven games wasn’t enough on Friday. The Sharks battled back in the late innings but a three-spot in the top of the ninth launched the York Revolution over the Camden Riversharks, 6-3, in the first home game of the second half at Campbell’s Field.
Mike McGuire walked nine-hole hitter Danny Gonzalez to lead off the top of the third, leading to the Revolution (3-5, 39-39) getting on the board first when Scott Grimes doubled into the left field corner to score Gonzalez.
The Riversharks (4-3, 38-38) responded in the home half. After Corey Thurmon retired the first two batters of the inning, Eduardo Perez pounded a double. Brian Burgamy followed up with a one-hopper over the left field wall to plate Perez.
The Revs scored two more in the sixth with Andres Perez and Jeff Fiorentino each scoring.
Corey Thurman was settled in, but the Riversharks scrapped their way back. They did it with small ball in the seventh. Steve Doetsch reached on an infield single with one out. He stole second, his eighth steal of the season, to get into scoring position for Chris Walker, who bounced one back through the middle to plate Doetsch. Perez followed with a single of his own into left but Brandon Haveman came up firing and cut down Walker at the plate as he tried to score from second.
Thomas (5-2) retired the next three batters and got the win when York took the lead in the ninth. A leadoff single by Liu Rodriguez was followed up by two straight highlight-reel-worthy ground outs. Pedro Feliz made a glove-side dive into the hole to rob Danny Gonzalez before Jake EIgsti made a backhand play on a ball in the same hole and went to third to cut down Rodriguez.
Zach Hammes walked the next two batters to load the bases despite having each of them in two-strike counts.
With the bases loaded, Hammes (1-2) got Andres Perez into another two-strike count. Perez battled with Hammes, fouling off tough pitches and taking borderline balls to get the count back full. With the runners going, Perez lunged at an outside pitch and served it into right-center, just passed the outstretched glove of a diving Steve Doetsch to clear the bases and put the Revs up 6-3.
Ricardo Gomez walked Jake Eigsti to lead off the ninth but retired the next three batters in order to pick up his fourth save of the season and give the Revs game one. Camden looks to rebound on Saturday. It will be Kevin Reese (2-3) throwing for Camden against York’s Omar Javier (1-6).