South Jersey Baseball:
Tuesday, June 8, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf continued their hot play at home as they defeated the Long Island Ducks, 6-5, at The Sandcastle on Tuesday afternoon. The Surf won their ninth straight home game and seventh straight overall in front of 3,324 fans, mostly school kids on School Special Day.
A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth by Surf catcher Melvin Rosario scored center fielder Gary Johnson and gave the Surf their third walk-off win in their last four games. Left fielder Ozzie Timmons hit a two-run homerun, his sixth of the season, to tie the game at five in the bottom of the eighth.
Ducks’ designated hitter Pat Lennon provided most of the offense for the Ducks. He doubled and scored a run in the Ducks two run first, hit a two run double in the third, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth. Left fielder Wendell McGee had the other two RBI for the Ducks, as he drove in Lennon and first baseman Doug Jennings in his only at bat of the game.
Surf starter Ray Davis pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of them earned. He struck out seven while walking two and allowing four hits. The bullpen picked up their sixth straight win as Rodney Dickinson recorded his second win in as many nights. Ducks’ reliever Jim Stoops picked up the loss after giving up two runs in his one and two-thirds innings of work. Ducks’ starter Emmanuel Ulloa pitched the first seven innings. He gave up three runs, four hits, and two walks while striking out seven.
The Surf travel to Bridgeport as they go for their eighth straight win tomorrow. It is the beginning of a nine game road trip, their longest of the season. The Surf will throw Marty Barnett against the Bluefish’s Kevin Henthorne.
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