Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Newark Bears ~ Line-Up Suffers Major League Blow

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.


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