From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS: Bears Shut-Out Brockton To Close July Above The .500 Mark.
Second Half - The first place team; Brockton Rox; came into Newark Friday night and had their way with the Bears, defeating them in the first two games of a three game series by a combined score of
24-9. Today, in the last game of July, the Bears salvaged game three of the series by shutting-out the Rox 5-0 and by doing so, kept themselves above the .500 mark (31-30) and two games out of first place in the second half race.
Newarks' number one starter, Alex Smith, played stopper in shutting down Brockton over his six innings pitched. He allowed the Rox only three hits, but walked three while only striking out one. He improved his record to 7-2 on the season which is only two wins behind the CanAm League leader. His now 2.93 ERA is the League's sixth best. Three Bear relievers chipped in with an inning apiece to complete the shutout.
The Pittsfield Colonials will be visiting The Den for a three game series to begin the August schedule. The regular season ends Labor Day Weekend. The Quebec Capitales have already clinched a spot in the 2011 playoffs. Thirty-three games remain in the Newark Bears' season.