From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS: Outlast Kansas City Pitching for Tenth Inning Win in Series Finale. Next Stop on the American Association Tour; the Grand Prairie Air Dogs.
Bears Drop Opening Game to Kansas City T-Bones
Wednesday Final: 10 innings
Kansas City 1
The Brick City Grizzlies salvaged the final game of a three game series in Kansas City with an extra inning effort in Wednesday's matinee game against the T-Bones.
Kansas City's Josh Rainwater pitched nine superb full innings. He allowed eight hits, and one earned run. He walked none and struck out eight. Newark scored first in the opening inning. Alex Bardeguez led off the game with a triple and scored the Bears first run when Juan Martinez bounced into a 4-3 put-out. Rainwater then kept the Bears quiet over his next eight innings of work. The T-Bones got Rainwater off the losing side of the ledger when they scored in the sixth inning to tie the game at one each.
Mike Ness made the start for Newark, and pitched six full innings. Ness was on the winning side of this game until he surrendered a lead-off home run to Trevor Coleman in the sixth. Mike Ness walked two and struck out five before giving way to Matt Lyons and the bullpen.
Both starters wound up pitching no-decisions.
Matt Lyons and Anthony Pluta turned in two innings of scoreless relief. While Jorge Vasquez kept the T-Bones off the board in the ninth. Then into the tenth inning they went.
Kansas City turned the ball over to the bullpen, calling upon Jacob Wiley. An E-6 allowed Billy Alvino to reach safely. Three batters later, Juan Martinez drove him in with a go-ahead single. In the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Vasquez retired the T-Bones in order, striking out the last two batters swinging to earn the win.
Kansas City 8
In the middle game of the series against Kansas City, the T-Bones' Shaun Garceau held Newark scoreless over six innings, while allowing three scattered hits. The bullpen covered the rest and allowed the Bears their only run in the ninth inning.
Offensively, the T-Bones tenderized Newark's pitching with eleven hits, and eight runs. In his fifth start, the Bears' Pedro Rivera pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs en route to suffering his third loss of the season. Most of Kansas City's damage however, came against reliever Luis Garcia. In only one inning pitched, he allowed five earned runs on three hits and two walks.
The Bears will continue their American Association tour against the 2011 American Association defending champions; the Grand Prairie Air Dogs; starting with a double-header on Thursday.