From the desk of: GROWLINGS FROM BROOKLYN
NEWAR BEARS: Split Four Game Series With Worcester.
See Game One and Game Two; HERE
GAME THREE FINAL: Worcester 4; Newark 2.
After a rain delay and getting shut-out for eight innings, the Bears finally mustered some offense against Worcester in the ninth inning. But they fell half-way short of a comeback last night losing 4-2 in game three of the four game series against the Tornadoes. The loss dipped the Bears percentage points behind Brockton for second place overall in the League.
Newark starter; Jesse Estrada; took another tough loss. He falls to 1-3 on the season as he lasted 4.2 innings and gave up three of Worcester's runs. TJ Hose and Kyle Morrison pitched 4.2 innings in relief and allowed one more run to the Tornadoes.
TJ Hose actually had himself a rather stellar appearance. He pitched 2.2 innings; gave up no hits and struck out five.
Tim Raines Jr. has seen his batting average rise from .348 to .371 recently. He went 2 for 3 in this game with a run scored. Danny Santiesteban carried a big stick with a 3 for 4 night and 2 RBI.
GAME FOUR; SERIES FINAL: Newark 8; Worcester 7.
The Bears grabbed the last game of this four game series to earn a split with the Worcester Tornadoes.
Each team took turns pelting each other with four runs in the first inning. Worcester picked up three more runs in the second inning to make it a 7-4 game. The Bears clawed their way back with a run in the third and fourth innings. Then in the fifth, they scored two more to take an 8-7 lead.
That's when Coach Tim Raines Sr.'s bullpen, the backbone of this team, stepped up yet again in support of the starting pitching; which frankly, wasn't very good on either team's part late this afternoon.
Newark's starter; Casey Gaynor; picked up his first win, in his first start, in his first game of 2011 in spite of giving up 8 hits and 7 runs (all earned) over his 5 innings pitched.
In relief, the bullpen shined again while protecting the Bears' lead. Matt Fitton was first. He pitched two innings; allowed one walk; a hit; and struck out one. Chris Rollins and his season 0.84 ERA were called upon to pitch the eighth inning. He struck out two batters for his part with no hits or walks allowed. Mikey Mehlich was then summoned to close out the game for Newark. After plunking the lead-off batter, Mikey retired the next three in order to earn his 5th Save of the season. His ERA is a microscopic 0.75 now.
Brandon Watson, now batting .336 this season, had an outstanding day at the plate batting lead-off, -going 5 for 5 with 2 runs scored.
Daryle Ward; 2 for 3; with two RBI, climbed to a .378 batting average.
Todd Gossage hit a solo home run in the third inning. Burt Reynolds homered in the fifth inning.
Billy Alvino; Daryle Ward; and Burt Reynolds all had 2 RBI each.
SEASON RECORD/ OVERALL LEAGUE STANDINGS:
Entering Thursday's Games:
1st - 20-6 - Quebec Capitales
2nd - 15-10 - Brockton Rox
3rd - 16-11 - NEWARK BEARS
4th - 16-11 - New Jersey Jackals
After Thursday Finals:
1st - 21-6 - Quebec Capitales
2nd - 17-11- NEWARK BEARS - 4.5 games back
3rd - 17-11 - New Jersey Jackals
4th - 15-11 - Brockton Rox - After two and one half hour rain delay, Rox lose 1st game of DH. 2nd game to start by 11pm Thursday. League Rules prohibit an inning starting past midnight. Brockton and the Rockland Boulders will have roughly one hour to play game two.
***Game Two; Brockton/Rockland - Cancelled curfew.
Quebec; Newark; and New jersey all won tonight. And you can see, a little pack has formed for second place overall. Brockton and Newark have been battling for position all season. Now New Jersey; winners of their last four in a row; have joined the party after getting off to a slow start this season.
NEWS: In the Rockland Boulder's home park, Brockton Rox manager; Bill Buckner; and a few Brockton players got into a heated exchange with the game's umpiring crew as they were all leaving the field after the game. The incident occurred in full view of a number of remaining fans on Rockland's park concourse (designed to be fan/player interactive). Cooler heads prevailed and the night ended without further incident, although the League announced they will look into the matter.