NEWARK BEARS: Brick City Takes Opening Day With a Resounding 9-2 Victory Over Worcester Tornadoes.
JOSE CANSECO GOES 0 for 2; TWO STRIKE OUTS; AND DRAWS TWO WALKS IN RETURN TO PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL.
It's hard to tell if Thursday night was a glimpse into things to come in Newark's 15th season, but on this night, you gotta like what you saw.
Mike Ness had the privilege of making Newark's Opening Day start. He pitched six very solid innings, allowing but one earned run off four hits. He walked two and struck out six in earning his first win. Kyle Morrison pitched the seventh and eighth innings, allowing a run on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. Anthony Pluta finished up for Newark, surrendering just a walk.
Not even #33 - Jose Canseco - making a return to professional baseball as DH with Worcester at the age of forty-eight, could help muster much against Bears' pitching.
For Worcester, the Bears jumped on starter Zach Zuercher early and often. Newark knocked him out of the box after just four innings and six earned runs on eight hits.
Eight of nine Bears in Thursday's line-up hit safely. Lead-off hitter and center fielder, Quentin Davis, was two for four with two triples, and two runs scored. Number nine hitter, the left fielder, Bryce Lane, was three for four, hit a two run home run in the fourth, and finished with four RBI and three runs scored.
The Bears and Tornadoes will continue with Game Two of this four game series Friday evening.