NEWARK BEARS: Win Their First Ever Game In CanAm League and Avoid Sweep by Rockland.
Rockland Boulders 4
NEWARK BEARS 16
After dropping the first two games of the season, the Newark Bears roared back at their competition Saturday night. They finally won their first game of the season and also avoided a sweep at the hands of the Rockland Boulders. Rockland only rolled out three pitchers against Newark and the Bears clawed them all.
Newark pounded out 18 hits and plated 16 runs tonight in a romp over the Boulders at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Tim Raines Jr. had a break-out game as well with his first three hits of the season. In going 3 for 5 tonight, he drove in 6 RBI. Todd Gossage also chipped in with 3 more RBI. The two combined for 9 RBI and 4 runs scored.
Other notable swings - Lead-off batter Brandon Watson set the table with a 4 for 6 day; an RBI and 2 runs scored. Catcher Billy Alvino went 3 for 3; two runs scored and an RBI. And first baseman Brian Nichols went 3 for 5 batting clean-up today with two runs scored.
Ryan Lobban was the starting pitcher for Newark tonight, hurling five innings and is credited with the win. He gave up four hits and surrendered three runs all coming in the fifth, while walking two and striking out two. By then the Bears were leading 9-3 and the bullpen took care of the rest.
TJ Hose relieved Lobban with two innings pitched. He gave up two hits, allowed a run and struck out two. Andrew Pluta pitched the final two innings to seal the deal for Newark. He allowed only one hit and struck out two, including the last batter of the game in a non-save situation.
The Newark Bears face their officially declared rival; the New Jersey Jackals for the first time since being newly minted foes. The first game of a home-and-home series is in Newark Sunday with a start time of 1:05pm. Both teams head to the home of the Jackals for the second game on Monday.