From the desk of: THE BROAD STREET NINE
NEWARK BEARS - Not In This Den! Templeton's Club Sweeps The Formerly First Place Rockland Boulders.
After pitching a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Newark starter Leondy Perez, reliever Ryan Carr returned to the hill for the eighth, still trying to hold down a 5-2 Bears lead against Rockland. Instead, he encountered immediate trouble. Carr surrendered a lead-off single, a pair of walks, and unleashed a series of wild pitches to plate a run. That caused manager Garry Templeton to bring in senior Bear Kyle Morrison.
In six previous appearances this season, Kyle hadn't allowed a run in nine innings pitched, while striking out sixteen batters along the way. On Sunday, if he didn't enjoy he best day of the season, it certainly was the most imperative for Newark. Morrison walked the first batter he faced to load the bases with Boulders, then composed himself, and struck out the side, essentially saving a 5-3 victory. However, Jorge Vasquez recieved official credit for the save with his scoreless work in the ninth. I guess that relegates Kyle Morrision to game hero then.
The victory improved the Bears record to 10-9, as they completed their first ever sweep of the first place Rockland Boulders. The win also extends Newarks current win streak to four, and puts them 3.5 games back of first place.
Center fielder Steve Malcom drove in his first run, in just his second game as a member of the Bears. He was 4 for 7 at the plate in the series. Bridger Hunt also drove in one run. First baseman Ernie Banks Jr. led the way, going 2 for 4, with two runs batted in. Starter Leondy Perez pitched six innings, allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. He walked two batters and struck out seven, in earning his third win in four appearances.
After a well deserved day off tomorrow, the Bears will roam into their neighbor's back yard on Tuesday and take on the New Jersey Jackals.