By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Camden — The Camden Riversharks team has several players that have Major League Baseball experience. Yet, it was a former Single-A player that came up with the biggest hit.
Jeffrey Vincent, an outfielder, who is former Boston Red Sox draft pick in 2006, is playing his first year in Camden. Vincent would hit his first career Riversharks home run in the 6th inning.
His 2-run home run and two additional runs would guide the Riversharks to a 5-1 win yesterday afternoon over the York Revolution at Campbell’s Field.
“It felt good,” said Vincent. “I was seeing the ball well at the plate. I haven’t been playing so well, but I’ve gotten in the game in recent days. I wasn’t using my top hand, but I made an adjustment before that at-bat.”
Vincent, who played at the Single-A level with the Lowell Spinners in 2006, was struggling coming into the game. He was hitting 1-for-9 in the series coming into Thursday. He went 1-for-4 in the game.
“I think it has to do a lot with confidence,” said Vincent. “I wasn’t feeling comfortable at bat in the past few days.”
With the win, Camden improved to 13-12. York dropped to 6-18 on the season. Both teams won 2 games each in the 4-game series.
York won games on Monday and Wednesday, while Camden won games on Tuesday and yesterday. Both teams will begin a 3-game series on Tuesday, May 26th, in York, PA.
“When you go into each series, your goal is to win the series,” said Riversharks pitcher Tom Davey. “And it’s always good to get an early lead in any game. We have Southern Maryland coming in over the weekend, so it was good to get a win going into that series.”
Davey, who came into the game with a 2-0 record and a 1.00 ERA, had another solid performance. Davey allowed just 1 earned run over 7 innings. He only allowed 3 hits, while he struck out 8 batters and walked 1 batter.
“Basically, the past few weeks, I’ve been pitching well,” said Davey. “This is my third win on the season.”
Davey has been working well with Frederick Torres. Torres has caught in 14 games so far this season.
“He’s pretty much caught me every game that I pitched this year,” said Davey. “I don’t know if he’s my personal catcher, but that’s the way the cards have been fallen. You have to go with what’s working and hopefully it could keep going. I’m happy with what he’s done so far and we communicate well together.”
After Vincent’s two run home run in the 6th, the Riversharks added two more runs in the 7th inning. Wayne Lydon scored to make it 4-1 after a throwing error by Revolution third basemen Jeff Eure.
Shortly thereafter, Christopher Walker scored after a Vito Chiaravolloti hit to make it 5-1.
“Basically, I gave up the lead right away,” said Davey. “That was tough, but we were able to battle back. We were able to get two additional runs in the 7th after Vincent’s home run in the 6th. That was good.”
In the top of the 4th inning, the Revolution scored their only run in the game. Matt Esquivel’s sacrifice fly allowed Ryan Goleski to score. Esquivel’s RBI made the score 1-1.
“The lead off hitter got on,” said Davey. “And I kind of tweaked my hamstring a little bit pitching to him. I was having a problem, because I couldn’t get extended. I was cutting some of my pitches off. That lead to runners in scoring position and I wasn’t able to recover. But at the end of the inning, I had a chance to recover and I did not allow another run in the game.”
The Riversharks would open up the scoring in the third inning. Junior Spivey’s sacrifice fly allowed Torres to score. Spivey’s RBI made the score 1-0.
“It’s not about beating York per say,” said Davey. “They were the team that we were playing (yesterday). I want to pitch the best that I can to help my team win every time I go out there. And that’s exactly what I did.”
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