South Jersey Baseball:
Saturday, May 29, 2004
By Chuck Betson
Rickey Henderson, the all-time major league leader in walks, runs and stolen bases, showed the Surf what he has been doing to the baseball world for over 20 years. Henderson reached base 4 times, scored 3 runs, drove in two and stole two bases. He singlehandedly scored the insurance run in the 6th inning that ended up being the difference as the Bears beat the Surf 8-7 in Newark.
The Bears took a 7-2 lead into the sixth inning. A Newark error opened the door to a 4-run inning, capped by a Dario Delgado homerun to straight-away centerfield. The homer put Delgado into first place in the Atlantic League with 7 on the season. With the score 7-6, Henderson led off the sixth inning with a walk. Worried about the stolen base, the Surf tried to keep Rickey close, but a pickoff throw was wild and Henderson took 2nd base. Rickey then stole third, and the throw from Surf catcher Melvin Rosario sailed into left field. Henderson trotted home with the 8th Bear run. The Surf got one back in the 7th but could never tie the game.
Surf shortstop Orlando Miller was 2-for-4 with 2 rbi. Ozzie Timmons reached 3 times and scored 2 runs. The Surf are 9-9 after the loss and have 2 more games in Newark before finishing the road trip with 3 games in Somerset. Saturday''s first pitch is 6:05 pm and the game can be heard on 1490 AM, "The Game". The next Surf home game is Thursday, June 3rd at 6:35 against the Newark Bears.
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