South Jersey Baseball:
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf defeated the Nashua Pride in the rain at Sandcastle Stadium on Tuesday night, 8-7. The Surf held off multiple comeback attempts by the Pride. They finally took the lead in the bottom of the seventh for good as the rain started falling when Surf catcher Melvin Rosario singled in Chad Alexander for the game winning run.
Rosario led the Surf with three hits while Ryan Minor, Ozzie Timmons, and Raul Marval each had two hits apiece. Marval also had two RBI. Surf starter Kyle Goldwater received no decision, allowing five runs, three earned in six inning. He walked and struck out two and surrendered seven hits. Reliever Ponce Deleon recorded his third win, pitching two innings and allowing two runs. Conor Brooks picked up his fifth save working a scoreless ninth.
The Pride were led by designated hitter Mike Lopez-Cao’s three hits and two RBI. Lopez-Cao combined with Pat Howell for two solo homers in the seventh that tied the game at seven. Starter Juan A. Pena only lasted three innings allowing three runs, one earned. Reliever Bubba Hardwick suffered the loss, giving up Rosario’s RBI single. He gave up three runs in his three innings, one earned.
The Surf and Pride face each other again tomorrow night at 6:35 pm at the Sandcastle. The Surf will send Alberto Castillo to the hill against Nate Teut.
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