South Jersey Baseball:
Monday, June 7, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf made it six wins in a row Monday night as they defeated the Long Island Ducks at The Sandcastle, 5-4. The Surf are now 18-12 after beating Ducks’ starter Bill Pulsipher.
Pulsipher was the Atlantic League leader in wins and ERA entering the game. However, after center fielder Kimera Bartee led off the game with his sixth homerun of the season, the Surf scored the next three runs. In the bottom of the first, Surf second baseman Demetrius Heath stole his league leading sixteenth base after the first of two hits on the night. He ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Atlantic City first baseman Ryan Minor also had two hits on the night, including a two-run double in the bottom of the third.
The Ducks tied the score at three with a two-run homer by first baseman Doug Jennings in the top of the fifth. Jennings was three for three and reached base twice on free passes. The Surf answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Minor scored the first run of the inning on center fielder Gary Johnson’s second hit of the night, and an error on Pulsipher allowed what proved to be the winning run to score.
Pulsipher pitched a complete game, going eight innings, allowing eleven hits and five runs, four earned. He struck out four and walked one. Surf starter Alberto Castillo pitched five and two-thirds. He gave up three runs on five hits, walked five, and struck out five. The bullpen picked up the win for the second night in a row. Reliever Rodney Dickinson picked up the win for his one inning of work in which he allowed one run. Reliever Conor Brooks picked up his third save after coming in during the ninth with no outs and the tying run on base.
The Surf go for their second straight sweep and a perfect six game homestand tomorrow against the Ducks. Game time is scheduled for 11:05 AM because of School Special Day at The Sandcastle. The Surf will send Ray Davis to the mound against Ducks’ starter Emmanuel Ulloa.
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