Jim Rosa @jrosa519
After a period of showers the Red Bank Marlins and the Toms River Tigers played a much anticipated Game at Count Basie Park. After both teams combined to win the league over the span of the last three years; it was once again time for them to square off.
This game resulted in an offensive serge for the marlins as they have been Red hot during the stretch of their last three games. In their last three games respectively, they have combined for thirty-three runs in total. As the bats started to heat up it was quite the impressive performance to put up ten runs again a solid tiger’s team in route to a 10-4 under the lights.
The marlins offense got started in the third inning as they were finally able to crack through against Tigers starter Rocco Gonnella. Left Fielder Greg Geran singled sharply to right field. This brought up the center fielder Andrew Lamura, although grounding to third base he was subsequently able to get on Via a throwing error from Kyle Perry. This is the last time the tigers would see a scoreless game.
Early in the count Rutgers recruit Carmen Scalfani, was able to drive a pitch over the left field fence with Geran and Lamura on base. This would give Scalfani three runs batted in on the evening along with a single in the first inning and a walk in the fourth.
The offense would not stop there as nine men came to the plate in the inning. Third baseman Kevin Mager would ultimately add to his teams on base percentage as he was able to reach base after being drilled by a pitch.
Along with the homerun a good amount of small ball was also evident in this game as first baseman Matt Oliveto was able to move Mager over resulting in a one to three putout. They would both come in to score as well. These runs coming in on two big extra base hits by Matt Cecere and JC Menna.
This would make the score 5-0 in favor of the Red Bank marlins as nine men came to the plate in third inning. They would take on an additional five more runs with two coming in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Giving them double digits in the run column.
One of the biggest plays occurred in the sixth inning of the ball game as Oliveto was credited with an inside the park home run. What appeared to be a sharply hit single to center took a sharp hop and rolled all the way back to the wall. Oliveto was able to use his speed and score as the throw home was not able to arrive in time.
The marlins would give up four runs to the tigers, getting out of tough situations in multiple innings. Starting Pitcher Jed Rehfuss was able to pitch his way into the fifth. He would give up 2 runs on seven hits with four walks. His bullpen would give up two more runs in the inning with Trevor Mastria closing out the game for the marlins.
Defense was also a big theme to this game. Carmen Sclafani was able to snag a liner that was headed into center field in the fourth inning with a few men on. He did everything he could to make sure the marlins would come up with the victory Tuesday evening. Also a double play which consisted of Outfielder Greg Geran and Shortstop Dan Berg picking off Justin Gordon after wondering too far off the base path.
The top of the order was especially efficient for both teams as the tigers capitalized on hits from Doya, Gordon, and Dehart. They were responsible for adding on two more runs for tigers giving them four in total. However, it was the marlins offense that was able to capitalized throughout the evening as the final score stood at 10-4 in favor of the Marlins.
With the win the Marlins improved to 4-3 on the summer season. As for the tigers they dropped to 4-4 on the year. The marlins will play again this Sunday at brick as they move towards the end of their schedule.