Saturday, July 21, 2012

Splendor in the Grass

By: Jake Levy

Alvin Colina had his seventeen game on-base streak snapped with an 0-for-4 game Friday night. He made up for that in a huge way on Saturday.

Colina had his first three-hit game of the season, including a two-run double in the sixth that proved to be the winning hit for the Riversharks, who score four runs in the inning to secure a 5-2 win over the York Revolution Saturday night at Campbell’s Field.
Camden (39-38) drew first blood in the second when Pedro Feliz scored on a double play ball off the bat of Jake Eigsti.

Meanwhile, Kevin Reese picked up a win in his second consecutive start with a brilliant outing. Reese (3-3) went seven plus innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out two.

The lone run came in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Danny Gonzalez, scoring Chris Nowak and tying the game at one.

York (39-40) starter Omar Javier was pulled after five innings, hoping the bullpen could continue what he started.
Camden had other ideas.

Brian Burgamy started off the inning with a deep fly ball that was caught at the wall in left. The next four Sharks all reached base. Pedro Feliz singled and Raul Padron walked for Colina, wholaunched the two-run double to the wall in left-center. Eigsti followed with an RBI double of his own before Steve Doetsch struck out. Lloyd Turner, who had one hit in his last 25 at bats, hit the third Sharks double in the inning and capped off the four-spot.

Burgamy went 0-for-4, snapping a six-game hitting streak, in four at bats that included two line drive outs, the shot to the wall and a strikeout where the pitch before was hit homerun distance but just foul past the left field pole.

Reese came out for the seventh inning, looking to shut down the Revs after the big inning. He allowed a leadoff double to Jeff Fiorentino and walked Nowak without recording an out, forcing the Sharks to go to the ‘pen. Leo Rosales was asked to get Camden out of the jam, and that’s just what he did. He forced James Shanks into a double play and struck out Saloman Manriquez to end the inning.

The Revs did add a run in the eighth, with all the damage coming with two outs. Scott Grimes worked a walk and was followed by Ramon Castro, who hit a gapper to left-center. Chris Walker went to cut the ball off and, in a scene right out of “Space Jam” the ball circled around Walker to the wall as if Bugs Bunny were underground with a magnet, scoring Grimes.

Zach Hammes was called on in the ninth, trying to erase the memory of Friday’s bases loaded double he allowed to Andres Perez that proved to be the winning hit in the ninth. He loaded the bases with two down again Saturday, but this time got Brandon Haveman to ground out and end the game, picking up his second save of the season.

The Sharks look to take the series in the rubber match Sunday. They send Bryan Corey (6-6) to the mound against the Revs’ Chris Waters (2-2)

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