From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS: New Jersey Jackals' Push For First Place Coming at Bears' Expense.
When it rains, it pours. The Bears dropped their second straight to the Jackals, and have now lost ten of their last twelve games, as well as their last five in a row.
Jorge Vasquez pitched a dandy ninth inning for the Bears. But the same can't be said for the five Newark pitchers which preceded him in Tuesday's Game Two versus the New Jersey Jackals. Because by that time, New Jersey was leading 16-4, and fresh off scoring seven runs in the eighth inning.
Starting pitcher, Pedro Rivera, by far suffered his worst outing of the season. He only lasted 2.2 innings, walking one, surrendering seven hits, and allowing six runs; five coming in the third. In the eighth inning, Anthony Pluta got roughed up pretty badly as well. He failed to record an out, and allowed six runs on just one hit, and four walks. An E-4 by Juan Martinez opened the door for four unearned runs to score.
Daryle Ward, Eric McGee, Bryce Lane, and Juan Martinez each drove in a run for Newark.
In the second inning, New Jersey's 3B-Nick Giarraputo, was hit by a pitch and left the game. At the moment, he is the CanAm League's offensive Triple Crown Leader. He leads the circuit in batting average with a .406 mark. He is number one in home runs with eleven. And tops the circuit in RBI with thirty-three.
New Jersey's starting pitcher, Steve Fox, leads in two of three pitching categories. He leads the CanAm League in wins with five, and in ERA with a 1.91 mark. He was recently named CanAm Pitcher of the Week.
Wednesday is matinee day. The Bears and Jackals will go at it again in Game Three, then conclude this four game series Thursday.
The Jackals gained a game on Quebec, who lost to the Worcester Tornadoes Tuesday. New Jersey now sits just a half game out of first place. After tonight's loss, Newark owns last place to themselves, with Worcester only one game better.
INF-Courtney Billingslea was released.