South Jersey Baseball:
Sunday, August 15, 2004
By Chuck Betson
The Atlantic City Surf used a eight run fifth inning to take the second game of their doubleheader 9-2 against the Bridgeport Bluefish Sunday night at Sandcastle Stadium. The Bluefish won the first game 5-3 thanks to a two-run homerun by Hector Kuilan and a three-run blast from Willis Otanez.
Bluefish starter Brad Cornett earned the win in game one after pitching five and two-thirds allowing two runs, none earned, on five hits. Reliever Eddy Ramos earned his sixth save despite giving up a run in the ninth. Surf starter Mark Brownson gave up two runs in five innings of work and allowed two hits. Reliever Damon Ponce Deleon suffered his fourth loss after allowing three runs on three hits in two innings. First baseman Jose Velazquez had two hits and shortstop Raul Marval drove in two runs.
In the second game, Surf starter Andy Zwirchitz was the beneficiary of the fifth inning offensive explosion. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits he struck out three and walked three to pick up his seventh win. Third baseman Dario Delgado connected for his 19th homerun, a solo shot, and also had a run scoring single. Designated hitter Ben Candelaria also had two hits and drove in two runs. Raul Marval drove in two runs.
Bridgeport received only four and a third innings from starter Stevenson Agosto. He surrendered five runs on four hits while walking four. Willis Otanez drove in the only two runs Bridgeport would score with a two-run homerun in the first inning.
Following the doubleheader, Jean Siderio from Williamstown, NJ took home a ring valued at $1700 courtesy of Thomas Jewelers Diamond Dig. The Surf will have Monday off but return to action at Sandcastle Stadium as they will take on the Pennsylvania Road Warriors in a three game set beginning at 6:35pm. Kyle Goldwater will take the hill for the Surf. The team is a perfect 13-0 when Goldwater starts.