NEWARK – The Newark Bears swept the Long Island Ducks in a pair of games on Wednesday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The Bears defeated the Ducks 6-2 in game one and took game two by a score of 4-3.
After the teams traded scoreless frames in the first two innings, the Ducks cracked the scoreboard in the third inning against Bears’ starter Paul Fagan. With a pair of runners on and two outs, Adam Pavkovich ripped a two-run single into the right field corner to make it 2-0 Long Island.
The Bears came right back in the home third as Nook Logan and Kennard Jones plated runs on back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game at 2. With Jones aboard, Daryle Ward collected his 19th and 20th RBI of the season on his sixth homer of 2010 and the Bears took the lead 4-2.
Newark added two insurance runs in the fifth to make it 6-2. Fagan (2-0) went the distance and earned the win, firing seven innings, allowing just two earned runs on nine hits, with a walk and six strikeouts. Sidney Ponson (0-1) was dealt the loss, allowing six runs in his five innings of work.
In game two, the Bears again played catch-up as they trailed 3-0. Newark pulled within a run in the home fourth on a J.R. House RBI double and a John-Ford Griffin sacrifice fly. After the Bears tied the game in the fifth, Griffin shattered the tie with a deep solo shot to left in the sixth inning to seal the win.
Bubba O’Donnell (1-0) took the win with two strikeouts over two scoreless innings and Joe Valentine suffered the loss. Michael Nix picked up the save working a scoreless seventh, with a pair of strikeouts.
The Bears will complete the series with Long Island Thursday night. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m., with the gates of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opening at 5:35 p.m.
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