By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Camden, NJ – The Atlantic League Baseball were delayed to start. Then, both teams knew they had to play small ball in order to get the lead as the clock ticked away. Both teams knew that more rain was expected and could shorten the game.
Yet, the Camden Riversharks defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish, 6-4, last night at Campbell’s Field. The Bluefish leads the season series at 5-3.
The Riversharks had Thursday night’s game rained out against the Somerset Patriots. They didn’t want it to happen again for two days in a row.
“We didn’t want to be rained out again,” said Young. “It is unheard of for a baseball team to be rained out for two days in a row, so we were going to play this game.”
Ryan Quigley (2-3) picked up the win after coming in from the bullpen for the Riversharks. Pat Aherne received the loss and dropped to 0-1 on the season. Adrian Martin picked up his 10th save for the Riversharks.
Riversharks starter Jake Hale did not count in the decision.
“We’re in the process of extending his innings,” said Billy Rice of starter Jake Hale. “He gave us a good effort, before handing it over to the bullpen. You, like I do, know how important it is to save your bullpen with the amount of games we’ve played in a short time.”
D’Angelo Jimenez scored on a wild pitch in the 8th inning to make it 6-4.
While the game was tied for several minutes, as the game went from the top of the bottom of the 7th, the Riversharks took the lead for good. Delwyn Young scored on a Billy Rice’s game-winning single.
“I’ve been struggling, as of late, with runners in scoring position,” said Rice. And I came up there [to the plate], they had just brought in a new guy [Winston Abreu, former Major League pitcher], and it was throwing harder than the starter. I got a fast ball in the middle of the plate and I got a quality swing, which drove home Delwyn.”
In the next two innings, the Bluefish would tie the game at 4-4. Alexis Gomez hit a solo home run in the sixth, before James Simmons and Yusuf Carter scored in the top of the 7th.
The following inning, the Riversharks took the lead, as it was 4-1 after the bottom of the fifth inning. Delwyn Young hit a 2-run home run, and two batters later, Billy Rice hit a solo home run.
“Obviously, that home run gave us the lead, and it gave us a good spark in the dugout,” said Rice. “I had a 0-2 count, and was just looking for a good pitch to hit. I was fortunate to have it go over the fence after making contact for a home run.”
The Riversharks would tie the game up with just one pitch. Chris Walker, as he was leading off the bottom of the 4th inning, hit a home run off of Aherne, who also serves as the Bluefish’s pitching coach.
“Getting early runs, as of late, has allowed us to get in the grove of things,” said Young. “The more we score, the better it is.”
The Bluefish were able to score in the first, as it all started with a hit by pitch to Daniel Mayora. Austin Krum would then single, and Mayora would advance to third base.
Prentice Redman would ground into a fielder’s choice. And Mayora would score on Redman’s hit.