NEWARK BEARS - Offense Falls Flat Wasting Stellar Effort By Starting Pitcher Bryan Banes.
The Bears did well in coming back over the weekend to win the final two games against the Rockland Boulders, and gain a split of their season opening four game series. Newark took their 2-2 record to the Great White North this evening, to challenge the four time defending CanAm champs, Quebec Capitales. Bryan Banes took the hill for the Bears, opposed by Quebec's Dustin Crenshaw.
The two hurlers engaged in an old fashioned pitching duel, white-washing each other's line-up through the first five innings. Banes retired the first six batters he faced, and nine of his first ten. Quebec finally broke the scoreless stalemate with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Center fielder Sebastien Boucher drew a walk off Banes, then came around to score on DH Rene Leveret's double. And that's the way the game ended folks, in a 1-0 final.
The Bears out-hit the Capitales seven to three, yet came up short. Bryan Banes pitched very well over eight full innings. He allowed the one run on three hits, walked two and struck out four in what amounted to a complete game - a hard luck loss in his first start of the season. He walks away from tonight's game with a nifty 1.12 ERA and a 0.630 WHiP.
For the Capitales, three pitchers combined to secure Quebec's shutout. Dustin Crenshaw pitched seven full innings, allowing no runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out three before departing on the winning side. In relief, Casey Harman pitched the eighth, while Chris Cox pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Only Bears' center fielder Brandon Newton and right fielder Carlos Guzman failed to hit safely. Otherwise, seven Newark batters each had one hit apiece. Third baseman DAngelo Jimenez' double was the Bears only extra base hit.
The now 2-3 Newark Bears have two more games in Quebec before moving on to face the expansion Trois-Rivieres Aigles.