South Jersey Baseball:
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
By Don Delaney
The Camden Riversharks used solo home runs from Brad Strauss and Stoney Briggs to beat the Long Island Ducks, 4-1, in the middle game of a three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Campbell’s Field.
The two runs that Riversharks scored would be more than enough for Camden starter Lincoln Mikkelsen, who is now tied for second in the Atlantic League with 11 victories. The Riversharks starter lasted eight innings as he allowed just one run, five hits and struck out four.
Strauss put the Riversharks on the board first in the bottom of the third inning as he lifted Julian Herredia fastball over the wall in right field for his fifth home run of the year. Three innings later, Briggs gave the Riversharks the insurance they would need as he belted his 11th homer of the year to straight-away centerfield.
The Ducks would finally get to Mikkelsen in the seventh inning as catcher Luis Rodriguez singled home Jason Johnson, who doubled to open the frame. The Riversharks would put the game away in the bottom of the eighth inning as they scored a pair of runs with two outs.
Joe Strong pitched the ninth inning for his 13th save of the year.
Herredia was the tough-luck loser for the Ducks as he fell to 0-2 on the year despite allowing just two runs and four hits in 6.1 innings of work.
The Camden Riversharks and Long Island Ducks will meet for the final time during the 2004 regular season on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at Campbell’s Field. Jaime Steward will throw the first pitch for the Riversharks at 6:35 p.m.