South Jersey Baseball:
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf used a solo home run by Gary Johnson in the bottom of the eighth to break a 5-5 tie and lift the team to a 7-5 win over the Newark Bears at Sandcastle Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Surf jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings but the Bears clawed their way back into the game with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to tie the game.
Johnson had two hits, score twice, and drove in two runs. Outfielder Wil Quintana also went deep for the Surf, one of his two hits, and Jason Law scored once, collected two hits and drove in a run. Surf starter Kyle Goldwater went seven innings allowing five runs on eight hits but picked up no decision. The Surf have won all nine games that Goldwater has started. Reliever Rodney Dickinson was awarded the win for his scoreless eighth and Conor Brooks earned his thirteenth save.
Bears designated hitter Danny Clyburn and second baseman Jose Olmeda each went deep in the fourth. Clyburn finished the day going two-for-four and driving in three. Bears starter Greg Bauer went six innings, allowing five runs on six hits while walking five. Reliever Steve Crampton was handed the loss after allowing Johnson’s home run and another run in the eighth.
The Long Island Ducks travel to the Sandcastle to take on the Surf on Thursday beginning at 6:35. The Surf will send Archie Corbin to the mound against the Ducks.
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