Bears Split Doubleheader With Ducks
NEWARK, NJ - With an offensive explosion, the Newark Bears salvaged a doubleheader against the Long Island Ducks by winning the second game 12-4 at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Bears lost the first game 5-3.
With the Ducks leading 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Newark's Val Majewski launched a two-run home run to tie the game. The homer was his team-leading seventh of the season.
History repeated itself in the third inning, when Keith Reed deposited a two-run homer over the wall in left field. It was his fourth of the season and gave the Bears a 4-2 lead. The Bears scored two more runs on a 2-RBI single by Scott Knazek to make the score 6-2 at the end of the third.
Ducks first baseman PJ Rose hit a two-run homer of his own in the top of the fifth to make the score 6-4.
The Bears put the nightcap away scoring six runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run homer from Gerard Haran, his third of the season, and a two-RBI single by Cory Aldridge, to make the score 12-4.
In his season debut, Bears starter Carlos Mirabal (1-0) earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing four runs on four hits. Ducks starter Steve Kent (3-3) absorbed the loss, giving up six runs on five hits during two and one-third inning of work.
In game one, the Bears entered the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead, but Bears pitchers Jose Garcia and JJ Trujillo allowed seven consecutive base runners which gave the Ducks a 4-3 lead. The Ducks added another run to their lead in the top of the seventh when Kevin Haverbusch hit a solo home run to make the score 5-3.
Trujillo (1-3) suffered the loss, facing three batters in the sixth and giving up the go-ahead run on three hits. Randy Leek (4-2) picked up the win, pitching five and one-third innings and allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits. Todd Williams tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn his fifth save of the season.
Majewski went 4-6 on the day with a walk, a home run, and three singles. He also drove in five runs on the day.
The Bears next head to Southern Maryland for a three-game series against the Blue Crabs. Pat Stanley (6-0) will start tomorrow's game for the Bears.
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