The Newark Nine Gain A Four Game Split In Their First Ever Series Against The Trois-Riviere Aigles.
Late this morning through early afternoon, the Newark Bears completed their first ever series against the CanAm expansion Trois-Rivieres Aigles. Their initial series scheduled in May was wiped out due to inclement weather.
On Monday, Jim Schult started the first ever contest between these teams, and was also making his first start for the Bears since coming over from Rockland. He pitched five innings, allowed two earned runs on five hits, walked two and struck out five before departing the game with the score tied at two. Ryan Carr entered the game in the sixth, but two Newark errors opened the door for five unearned runs, as Carr invariably suffered the loss. At the plate, Bridger Hunt and Carlos Guzman combined on 4 for 8, with an RBI each.
Tuesday in game two, the Bears exploded for sixteen runs to knot the series at a game apiece. DAngelo Jimenez was big man on campus with a 3 for 5 game, a grand slam, and five total RBI. Jamar Walton was also 3 for 5, with a home run and four RBI. Kyle Lafrenz was additionally 3 for 4, with Newark's third home run of the game. And Bridger Hunt was 4 for 5 at the plate, with a pair of runs batted in. Leondy Perez made the start for Newark, and pitched seven innings for his second win of the season. Following a similar scenario as game one, Leondy was charged with four unearned runs. Otherwise, he allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out eight batters. His ERA is now 4.77 after three appearances.
The Aigles white washed the Bears in game three Wednesday by a 5-0 score. Bryan Banes suffered his second loss of the season. In six innings, he allowed three earned runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out six before being relieved. The Bears only mustered five hits all game.
With a 9-1 win today, the Bears gained a 2-2 split of their four game series. Brian Parker took the mound and earned his first victory of the season. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowed just one earned run on four hits, walked two batters and struck out four. Carlos Guzman and Jamar Walton led the offensive charge with three RBI each. First baseman Ernie Banks Jr. returned to the line-up and added a pair or runs batted in.
Coach Garry Templeton's Bears are still representing themselves with a 7-9 record. They trail the first place Rockland Boulders by five games. Bridger Hunt is leading the CanAm League with a .492 batting average. Carlos Guzman ranks fifth with a .359 average. On the mound, Brian Banes is fifth in league ERA with a 3.38 mark.
The Bears and Rockland Boulders will rejoin their rivalry with a three game weekend series at the Broad Street Den commencing Friday evening. The Boulders' Chris Edmondson ranks second in the league with six home runs, while leading the circuit with twenty-three runs batted in. On the hill, starters Bobby Blevins and Nick Serino are tied for the league lead in wins with three, while Pat Moran leads the circuit in strikeouts with twenty-one. Rockland leads the CanAm League with a 13-5 record. The defending champions, Quebec Capitales are just a game back in second place.