From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS: Daryle Ward's Contract Sold To Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Bears' line-up suffered a major hit yesterday. The contract of first-baseman Daryle Ward was sold to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prior to the transaction, the Bears slugger appeared in 53 games. In 218 at-bats, he had 68 hits for a .312 batting average. He had 40 runs scored; 16 doubles; 12 home runs and 51 RBI for Newark this season.
This leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the Bears' line-up, who are trying to improve upon their .500 record and qualify for the playoffs with a month left in the regular season. That task seems a little more daunting now. The team's strength was it's ability to outscore teams; as their starting pitching has been the weakest part of their overall game.
Last night, the Bears started a three game series against the Pittsfield Colonials and lost 9-2 in front of the home crowd. Tonight, Chris Vasami pitches for the Bears as they try and even the series and avoid dropping below the .500 level.