From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS: Back Home After a Rough Road Trip, New Jersey Visited The Den and Made Matters Worse.
The Midwest seemed like no place for Bears. In their first foray into American Association territory, all the Brick City Nine could muster were two victories in ten tries. They lost two of three games from the Gary SouthShore RailCats to begin the trip. In Kansas City against the T-Bones, the Bears avoided a sweep by winning game three of that series. And in the last stop of their westward swing, they played a double-header against the Grand Prairie Air Dogs, and a third game last Friday evening, and lost them all. The road trip was most definitely a setback, and drops the Bears' season record to 10-19, and a fourth place standing.
After a two day break, the Bears were back in the comfort of The Den Monday evening, where they opened up a three game series against their second place rivals, and Garden State neighbor, the New Jersey Jackals. But the game didn't go as Newark might have hoped.
The Jackals struck for six runs, five earned, in the second inning off Newark's starter, Caleb Cuevas. But outside of that second inning, Caleb pitched well. Aside of four hits in the second, he allowed but two over the rest of his 7.1 inning start. He walked two and struck out eight.
The Bears however could do little against Jackals' pitching. New Jersey starter Steve Fox, pitched six strong innings; allowing three hits and no runs. He walked one and struck out seven. Daryl Ward drove in the Bears' lone run off the Jackals' bullpen with an RBI single in the eighth.
The Jackals improved to 19-11 for the season, and remain one game behind the first place Quebec Capitales. Newark however, dropped to 10-20 on the year; 8.5 games behind the Jackals. They are now in last place, with the Worcester Tornadoes ahead of them by one-half game.
Thirty percent of the Bears season is now complete.