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July 22-The Riversharks dropped both games of a doubleheader to the070408_1502_PublicSafet1 Bridgeport Bluefish on Wednesday evening, falling 7-2 and 6-4. 

Bridgeport took the first game thanks to a complete (7-inning) game from Esteban Yan, who struggled a bit with control, but gave up just two runs in seven strong. The win improved his record to 8-3 on the year. Josh Newman (1-3) threw four innings in his second start of the season for the 'sharks, and was saddled with the loss.

Collecting RBI in the first game for Camden were Vito Chiaravalloti, who drove home Brett Bonvechio in the second inning, and Bryant Nelson, who blasted a solo home run to right centerfield in the third. 

Game #2 was a see-saw battle, that started with Bridgeport taking an early 1-0 lead with a single run off of Camden starter Kevin Mannix in the first. The 'sharks jumped in front with two in the third, as Jon Knott and Brett Bonvechio recorded RBI, scoring Brian Burgamy and Knott. 

The Bluefish scored three combined runs in the third and fourth innings, the last coming off of Brandon Sing's fifteenth home run of the year, putting them in front 4-2.
Camden clawed back with single runs in the fifth and sixth. Newcomer David Housel drove in Bonvechio with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Bryant Nelson doubled home Lydon in the sixth. Nelson's RBI tied the game at four, with just one and a half scheduled innings to play. 

But in the bottom of the sixth, with Mannix yielding to lefty Tim Bittner, things went wrong for the 'sharks. Bittner walked three Bluefish to load the bases, before exiting with two outs in the inning. Julio Guerrero replaced him, and promptly allowed a 2-run single from Wilson Batista, which proved to be the key hit in the ballgame. Bridgeport took their 6-4 lead into the seventh and final inning, and Patrick Ryan shut the door for his second save of the year (both of which have come against Camden). 

Bittner (1-1) took the loss for the 'sharks, while reliever Jonathan Plefka (2-1) earned the win for Bridgeport. 

The two losses drop Camden's record to 4-9 in the second half, while the Bluefish are now 6-7. The two teams will match up once more tomorrow morning, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:35 AM. Ryan DiPietro (1-3, 6.00) goes for the 'sharks, against Kyle Jackson (6-7, 4.66) of Bridgeport. You can tune in to every pitch by clicking on to