South Jersey Baseball:
Thursday, July 22, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf hit back-to-back-to-back home runs to beat the Long Island Ducks 4-3 on Thursday night at Sandcastle Stadium. The win was the fourth straight one run victory for the Surf over the Ducks at the Sandcastle.
With the Surf trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Surf third baseman Raul Marval, left fielder Ozzie Timmons, and designated hitter Dario Delgado hit consecutive solo shots. Timmons’ homer gave him the league lead with seventeen. All three of the home run hitters had two hits, with Delgado picking up the other RBI earlier in the night. Surf starter Archie Corbin earned the win for his five innings of work. Corbin allowed two runs, one earned while fanning twelve Duck batters. Conor Brooks came on in the ninth to pick up his fourteenth save. Brooks’ save was not without suspense, as he gave up three hits but was able to induce the game ending ground ball to first with two men on to preserve the Surf win.
The Ducks’ Karim Bartee led off the game with a home run to put the Ducks on the board. Bartee was the only Duck player to gather more than one hit while Wendell Magee had the other Duck RBI. Duck starter Jason Navarro picked up the loss in his first start for the Ducks since 2003. He went five innings, gave up four runs, three earned on seven hits.
The teams meet again tomorrow night at the Sandcastle beginning at 6:35pm. Fireworks will follow the game courtesy of New Jersey American Water. The Surf will also have a Habitat for Humanity house giving presentation before the game. The Ducks will send eight game winner Lance Davis against the Surf’s Anthony Chavez.
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