Bears Sink Bridgeport: Griffin Plates Three in Series-Opener

John-Ford Griffin

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Newark Bears defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 6-5 on Tuesday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The Bears clawed the scoreboard in the opening frame with walks by Kennard Jones and J.R. House and a Daryle Ward single to load the bases against Kyle Jackson.  John-Ford Griffin singled through the right side and it was 1-0 Bears.  Jones scored his second run of the game as he tripled and crossed home on a wild pitch to start the third. After a Fernando Seguignol one-out single, J.R. House doubled with Seguignol breaking on the hit-and-run to make it 3-0.


Luis Rodriguez ripped a RBI triple to put the Bluefish on the scoreboard in the home third, but a Griffin RBI fielder’s choice in the fifth preserved the two-run advantage.  Bridgeport put together a three-run fifth on back-to-back errors and a sacrifice fly and it was all square at 4.

Fernando Cortez walked to start the seventh and came across two batters later on a Nook Logan RBI double just inside the third base bag to put the Bears up a run.  Griffin, who finished the night 2-for-5, picked up his third RBI with a single in the eighth and Newark took a 6-4 lead.

The Bears bullpen held the Bluefish bats relatively in check over the next three innings.  Greg Reinhard, Michael Nix and Armando Benitez combined to strike out eight of the last eleven batters and gave up just a Steve Moss solo home run.  Fagan (3-0) secured the win, firing six innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits, with five walks, and two strikeouts.  Jackson (2-1) took the loss, surrendering five runs on eight hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.  Benitez picked up his second save striking out the side in the ninth.

Today’s game in Bridgeport has been rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 29, with each game slated for seven innings. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., with game two beginning approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Newark’s six-game road trip rolls on with the final game against Bridgeport on Thursday.  Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.  Soutpaw Matt Smith takes the hill for Newark against Bridgeport’s Marc Kaiser.

The Bears return to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Tuesday, May 18 to take on the Bridgeport Bluefish.  The teams will a doubleheader, with two, seven-inning games.  Game time is set for 11:05 a.m., with the gates of Riverfront Stadium opening at 10:05 a.m.

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