South Jersey Baseball:
Sunday, June 6, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to knock off the Long Island Ducks, 2-1 at The Sandcastle on Sunday afternoon. The Surf continued their hot play in front of 2,132 fans, winning their fifth game in a row. Long Island has now dropped four straight. The win puts the Surf in first place.
Surf designated hitter Dario Delgado came through with the game winning hit, driving in shortstop Orlando Miller from second with a single to center.
The Ducks’ starter Matt Beech had a perfect game with two outs in the fifth. However, with one swing of the bat, Surf third baseman Raul Marval erased the perfect game, shutout, and the Ducks’ 1-0 lead. The homerun was his third of the season. Beech left the game after eight innings, allowing only that one run, gave up only two hits, walked one, and struck out nine.
Surf starter Kyle Goldwater was up to Beech’s challenge. He pitched six innings, allowing only one run. Ducks’ second baseman Andrew Salvo scored on a single by shortstop Mike Caruso. Goldwater gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out two. The Surf bullpen shutdown the Ducks over the last three innings. Reliever Mark Brownson pitched two and two-thirds of scoreless baseball and reliever Greg McCarthy came on to record the last out in the ninth to pick up the win.
The Surf look to make it six in a row tomorrow night at The Sandcastle beginning at 6:35 PM. The Surf will send left hander Alberto Castillo against the Ducks’ Bill Pulsipher. Pulsipher leads the league in wins and ERA.
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