From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS: Mother Nature Halts a Heck of a Game.
Heading into the ninth inning of a 1-1 tie game, Mother Nature interceded to delay the outcome of this contest. And it's a shame. Because this game deserved a winner Tuesday night.
Mike Ness of the Bears, and Kevin Cooper of the Tornadoes, engaged in a classic pitcher's duel over the first eight innings of the game.
Mike Ness surrendered three hits, and allowed but one run. He walked one batter and struck out seven. Worcester's Kevin Cooper, similarly allowed three hits, and surrendered one Newark run. He walked two and struck out nine Bears. In the top of the ninth, Cooper was relieved by Michael Bourdon. He managed two outs before the umpires ordered players off the field due to rain.
The game was ultimately suspended.
Shortstop Alex Bardeguez drove in the lone Newark run. Tornadoes' second baseman Brandon Pickney drove in Worester's one run.
Jose Canseco of the Tornadoes was held hitless on four at-bats. Left fielder Brendon Kelliher had two hits in three times up. Billy Alvino had one hit and scored Newark's run. Quentin Davis, Bardeguez, and Burt Reynolds, also hit safely for the Bears.
They will resume Game One of this four game series Wednesday.
The St. Paul Saints defeated the Quebec Capitales 8-2 Tuesday evening, which means the Bears still maintain a half game lead over Quebec, for the early circuit lead. The Bears and St. Paul Saints will meet for the first time ever, next weekend, at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
The Bears and Tornadoes concluded Tuesday's game early on Wednesday. In the bottom of the ninth, Worcester catcher Chris Torres hit the game-winning home run in the home ninth inning, to give the Tornadoes a 2-1 win.