ATLANTIC LEAGUE ~ AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
Gary SouthShore RailCats
U.S. STEEL YARD
RailCats Lead Series 1-0
I - GS 7; NWK 4
II - Friday Night
NEWARK BEARS: Go West Young Cub!
The Bears made their first migration into American Association territory, where they were met rather unkindly by a Gary SouthShore RailCats' line-up that knocked Newark's starting pitcher out of the box after just one inning, and chipped away at Brick City's bullpen the rest of the game.
Bear's starter Pedro Rivera's last act in Thursday's opening game came when he took a come-backer off the bat of Mike Coles, starting a 1-4-3 play to end the bottom of the RailCats' home half of the first inning. Rivera did not return to the mound for the second.
Making his first appearance for Newark, first out of the Bears' pen was Rob Swift. In two innings of work, three walks and three hits resulted in two earned runs. He struck out two. Brian Parker was next out of the pen, and pitched well over two innings. But his line was marred by errors which led to an unearned run in the fourth inning. The second Bears' error of the fourth inning, was Parker's own.
Matt Lyons took his turn against Gary SouthShore in the sixth inning. The RailCats worked him for a walk, a stolen base, a single, and a double for two more runs. Exit Matt Lyons; hello Anthony Pluta for the eighth and ninth innings. The RailCats drew four walks against Pluta, along with two hits. Before they were through, two more runs had come across the plate for what was ultimately a 7-4 Railcat victory. Newark's Rob Swift was tagged with the loss.
Newark actually scored first in this game. Juan Martinez scored on a wild pitch by Gary's starter, Derek Drage. Juan Martinez scored a second time in the fifth inning upon hitting his third home run of the season. In the seventh inning, once again it was Juan Martinez generating Newark's only offense of the evening. A two RBI double upped his game RBI total to three. Juan finished the game hitting 4 for 5, with 2 runs scored. After Martinez, all Newark could manage were four scattered singles against four RailCat pitchers.
The home team managed eight hits against Bears' pitching. The RailCats' Mike Coles and Mike Rohde combined on six of them. Together they hit safely in six out of ten at-bats, and combined to drive in four runs.
Game Two from U.S. Steel Yard is Friday night. And that's alright by me.
Let's Go Bears! And belated hello to Gary SouthShore!