NEWARK BEARS: Brick City Wraps Up Opening Day Weekend With Three Wins over Worcester Tornadoes.
BEARS WIN OPENING DAY SERIES 3-1
I - NWK 9; WOR 2
II - NWK 6; WOR 4
III - WOR 7; NWK 2
IV - NWK 9; WOR 6
Saturday, the Worcester Tornadoes earned their first victory of the season with a 7-2 victory over the Newark Bears. After Newark took the first two games of this four game Opening Day series, the Tornadoes jumped on Newark's starter, Sean Campbell early in Game Three. The Tornadoes whipped up four runs in the top of the second inning. Worcester scored a fifth run against Campbell in the fifth inning. Kyle Morrison allowed two more scattered runs during his three inning relief stint giving the Tornadoes their seven runs.
All the Bears could muster against Tornadoes' starter, Dan Sausville and Worcester's bullpen, came in the third inning. Bryce Lane singled home Burt Reynolds, and Dan Coury later singled home Bryce Lane for Newark's only two runs of the game. The Bears did however pepper Dan Sausville for twelve hits before he was relieved after six innings pitched. But over the next three innings, Worcester's bullpen allowed but one hit the rest of the way.
As you can guess, the Bears left fourteen runners on base. But aside from two doubles by Burt Reynolds and Dan Coury, all the Bears managed were singles. Burt Reynolds had a big day, going 3 for 5 in the game. Daryle Ward was 2 for 3 and drew two walks.
After going hitless in his first two games, Jose Canseco was 1 for 5 at the plate for Worcester.
In Sunday afternoon's final game of the series, the Bears jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Quentin Davis scored on a passed ball in the first. In the second, Courtney Billingslea hit a solo home run, and Norberto Susini scored on a fielder's choice.
After Worcester scored one run in the third, they exploded for five runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Bears' starter Alex Smith was doing fine through four innings. He allowed one earned run, on four hits, and a walk. Then Matt Fitton took over the pitching duties. An error, a walk, and a single loaded the bases with one out, and the inning went south from there. A couple of more hits and yet another error lead to Worcester's five run inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Bears got one back when Alex Bardeguez doubled home Juan Martinez. Matt Fitton stayed in the game and pitched another two scoreless innings. Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Bears broke out for five runs of their own against Tornadoes' starter, Kevin Cooper, who was aiming for a seven inning starting effort, and against reliever Mike Mullen.
Quentin Davis started the scoring with an RBI single. Off a Burt Reynolds single, Quentin Davis and Bryce Lane both scored unearned runs. Daryle Ward scored when Norberto Susini was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The following batter, Billy Alvino, was also hit by a pitch, which forced home Burt Reynolds from third.
Anthony Pluta pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Jorge Vasquez tossed a scoreless ninth to preserve Newarks' third victory in four tries. Matt Fitton was credited with the win.
For Worcester, Jose Canseco was 2 for 5 at the plate, with an RBI, and a run scored.