NEWARK – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Newark Bears 8-3 on Thursday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The Bears took the three game series two games to one for their second series win of the season.
The Ducks grabbed an early lead, plating three runs on three hits in the first inning. The lead pushed to four in the third inning on a Matt Esquival RBI single and it was 4-0 Long Island.
Newark broke up the shutout bid by Ducks’ starter Randy Leek in the home third. Daryle Ward picked his 22nd RBI of the season as he brought home Fernando Cortez with a single through the right side to make it 4-1.
Long Island added a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh off the Bears’ bullpen and took an 8-1 advantage. John-Ford Griffin collected his second dinger in as many days with a two-run shot deep to right in the home ninth.
Leek (2-1) got the win, firing eight innings, allowing six hits, one earned run, with three strikeouts and walk. Smith (2-1) took his first loss, allowing six runs, four earned, with five strikeouts and four walks in five and two-third innings tossed.
The Bears welcome the York Revolution to Newark and begin a four-game series on Friday 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 1,500 fans will receive 2010 Magnet Schedules, presented by YP.com.
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