South Jersey Baseball:
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf (3-2) defeated the Road Warriors Wednesday night 5-4 at The Sandcastle. The Surf broke the 1-1 tie with a four run bottom of the eighth. However, the Warriors would not go quietly. Pennsylvania scored three in the top of the ninth and had the go ahead runner on first before Warrior centerfielder Gamalier Santana popped out to short to end the game.
Surf second baseman Raul Marval tied the score at one in the bottom of the sixth with his first home run of the season. Ryan Minor continued his productive hitting going two for four with an RBI and a run scored. Melvin Rosario knocked in two runs with his double in the four run eighth. Warriors’ third baseman Brady Williams hit a two-run homerun off of Surf reliever Conor Brooks in the top of the ninth to make it a 5-3 contest.
Before all of the offense in the final innings, Pennsylvania’s Garrett Lee and Atlantic City’s Jeff Farnsworth squared off in a pitchers duel. Lee went five innings, giving up only one run on seven hits and striking out three. Farnsworth lasted eight innings giving up only one run, it was unearned, while striking out four and only allowing four hits. During one stretch between the third and the eighth inning, Farnsworth retired fifteen straight Road Warriors. Surf reliever Greg McCarthy came on to record the last out of the ninth and picked up his first save.
The teams meet tomorrow for the final game of the three game series. Game time is scheduled for 11:05 AM for School Special Day at The Sandcastle.
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