From the desk of: THE BRICK CITY NINE
NEWARK BEARS - Hear The Urban Grizzly Roar!
The urban grizzlies are alive and well. Newark swept a double-header Saturday at the Den from the first place Rockland Boulders, and are now winners of three in a row. Saturday's victories also got the Bears to the .500 mark as well, with a 9-9 record. They leapfrogged the New Jersey Jackals (9-12) into third place, and presently trail the Boulders (13-8) by a mere three games.
Jim Schult and Jorge Vasquez out-pitched Bobby Blevins and the Boulders in Game One to gain a 5-3 victory. Ryan Fennell took the mound in Game Two, and pitched 4.1 innings (seven inning for double headers) for the win. He allowed four runs on eight hits, but only two earned. He walked one and struck out six to gain his first victory of the season. Bridger Hunt and Jamar Walton drove in all six runs for the Bears with three RBI apiece. Rockland scored one time in the top of the seventh, reliever but Jorge Vasquez was able to close of the Boulders to preserve a 6-5 final, and gain his third save of the season.
The end of a career appears at hand. On June 7th, the Newark Bears released thirty-five year old D'Angelo Jimenez. After fourteen games and fifty-seven trips to the plate, Jimenez was batting .281 while sporting a quality .349 OBP. He hit six doubles, one home run and had ten runs batted in.
D'Angelo was an eight year major league veteran, playing for seven different clubs, while his last at bat at the big league level came during the 2007 season. Last year, Jimenez split playing time between Newark, the independent American Association, and played in Mexico as part of a long seventeen year minor league career.