Bears Blast York
Newark, N.J. - Brian Barton finished 2-for-3 with a triple, a homer and collected four RBI as Newark blasted a 13-hit attack in 10-6 victory over the York Revolution Friday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
After the Revolution took a 1-0 lead off starter Mike Loree, the Bears broke open the game in the bottom of the second inning, collecting seven straight hits en route to a six run frame. Carl Everett led off a single to left off Jeremy Lewis, who made his York debut, followed by a single from Sandy Madera. Barton stepped to the plate and laced a line drive down the right field line for a two-run triple. Isaiah Kaaihue drove home Barton with an RBI single and after James Cooper reached on an infield single, Randy Gress delivered an RBI single to pushing the advantage to three runs. Tim Raines, Jr. collected the Bears' seventh straight hit and Kennard Jones drove in the fifth run with a sacrifice fly. The sixth run of the rally scored on an error and it was 6-1 Newark.
The Bears continued the assault in the third inning, scoring three more times. Two of the runs came via Barton's two-run homer, a line drive that cleared the wall in left field, for his 13th homer of the season and 10th as a Bear. Raines, Jr. drove in the third run of the rally with a RBI single.
York closed the gap with four runs in the top of the seventh inning, two coming on homer by former Bear Jose Herrera, who had three RBI in the game. The Bears added an insurance run in the seventh inning on a Cooper RBI single to extend the lead back to four runs, 10-6. Barton, Cooper, Kaaihue, Everett, and Raines, Jr. each recorded two hits on the night.
Loree (5-9) was the beneficiary of the early offensive attack. The Gillette, N.J. native went six and two-third innings, scattering nine hits, allowing five runs, with seven strikeouts and just one walk. It was the seventh time he collected 7 Ks and third time in 2010 he recorded the lucky number in consecutive starts. Will Cunnane, Greg Reinhard and Armando Benitez finished up for the Bears to secure the win. Lewis (0-1) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned on 11 hits, with a strikeout over three innings.
Newark and York continue the weekend series on Saturday night. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m., with the gates of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opening at 6:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will take home Newark Bears pennants, presented by NJIT. Tickets for the game and all upcoming Bears games are available at the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium box office, by calling (973) 848-1000 ext. 212, or by logging onto www.newarkbears.com, and clicking on the tickets icon on the top of the page.
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