From the desk of: GROWLINGS FROM BROOKLYN
NEWARK BEARS: Rubber Game Versus Worcester Tornadoes.
The Worcester Tornadoes blew back in the face of the Bears Tuesday night with a 2-0 white-washing of Newark. Four Tornado pitchers combined on a five hit shut-out.
Tornadoes' winning pitcher; Kevin Cooper; pitched five innings of four hit ball. He walked three Bears and struck out two before giving way to the bullpen.
In four innings the bullpen allowed only one hit; walked one and struck out three. Those three strikeouts came in the eighth inning when Albert Ayala struck out the side. Rick Asadoorian pitched the ninth against Newark and picked up his third save of the season.
Bears' starting pitcher; Victor Gonzalez picked up the loss. In the third inning, Worcester touched him for three singles as he also uncorked a wild pitch that led to the Tornadoes' first run of the game. He left the game after the sixth on the losing side of a 1-0 game. Gonzalez struggled with control as he walked six batters and allowed five hits.
TJ Hose allowed Worcesters' only other run in relief of Victor Gonzalez in the seventh.
Only Newark's Paddy Matera was able size up Worcester's pitching in game two of the three game series. Paddy was 2 for 3. The meat of the batting order; Tim Raines Jr.; Daryle Ward; Danny Santiesteban; and Billy Alvino were a combined 1 for 12 against the Tornadoes.
The rubber game of this series is tonight. They'll have an off day tomorrow before starting a series against Brockton back home in Newark.