From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS: CanAm League's Top Team Sweeps the Brick City Nine in Forgettable First Trip to Canada.
Last week's CanAm LHP of the Week; Alex Smith of the Bears; couldn't corral the Capitales earlier this afternoon in Quebec. As a result, Newark lost to the Capitales completing a three game sweep on their Northern road.
Hoping to go into Canada and close the gap between them and the CanAm League's top club, the Bears wound up losing three more games in the standings and today remain tied for third place with the Pittsfield Colonials. Both teams have identical 16-14 records; 7.5 games out of first. New Jersey is solidly in second place.
Poor defense in the first inning dropped the Bears and Alex Smith into an early hole. Two unearned runs were part of a 3-0 start for Quebec. On the other side, one of Quebec's many quality starters; Matthew Rusch; took his turn on the mound and started out well before Newark caught up to him also. And after six innings, both teams were tied at five apiece.
With the game turned over to the bullpens, Newark's T.J. Hose was charged with pitching the eighth inning. Two singles and a double later, the Bears were trailing by a run again.
T.J. Stanton pitched the ninth inning for Quebec and retired the Bears in order to gain the Save. Dexter Bobo pitched the eighth inning for the Capitales and was the game's winning pitcher.
Daryle Ward ~ 1 for 4; Home Run; 2 RBI.
Danny Santiesteban ~ 2 for 4; Home Run; 2 RBI.
The Bears get a day off Monday to travel back home to The Den where they'll host the Pittsfield Colonials for a four game series starting Tuesday.
Independent League NEWS:
ATLANTIC LEAGUE ~ During the bottom of the fourth inning in a game between the Lancaster Barnstormers and the Somerset Patriots, Lancaster manager; Butch Hobson; argued over a play at first base with the first base umpire .
A heated Butch Hobson then gestured as if to throw the Umpire out of the game. Well, that bought Hobson an ejection. Coach Hobson then repeated the gesture throwing the Umpire out of the game again. He then removed the first base bag out of the ground and took it with him to the dugout, where he retrieved a Sharpie; signed the bag; and gave it to a young fan in the first row. The home crowd went wild as the game continued without a first base bag.