NEWARK – The Newark Bears earned a doubleheader and series split as they took the series finale 3-2 over the Bridgeport Bluefish on Thursday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The Bears fell 15-6 in the game one of the doubleheader earlier in the day.
Mike Loree was in total command in the nightcap, retiring 12 straight batters during one stretch. Each of the Bears’ three runs came with two outs. They took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, when Fernando Seguignol singled, went to second on an error and scored on an RBI single by Fernando Cortez.
The Bears pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third, when James Cooper walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Kennard Jones. In the fourth, Cortez singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a single by Tom Pennino.
The Bluefish scored twice in the sixth inning on a double by Adam Greenberg and a single by Brandon Chaves, but the Bears got out of trouble when Michael Nix got Steve Moss to ground into a double play. Armando Benitez shut the door with his scoreless seventh.
Michael Nix pitched the sixth inning, allowing a run, and Benitez struck out two in a hitless seventh for his fourth save of the season.
Loree (1-3) allowed just one run and two hits, with a walk and two strikeouts over five innings to earn the win. Riley Shuckerow (1-3) took the loss, working just three and two-third innings, allowing three runs, two earned on four, with a walk and two strikeouts.
In the opener, former Newark Bear outfielder Charlton Jimerson had four hits, including two homers, and drove in seven runs, keying an 18-hit attack. Jimerson had a two-run double in the first, a two-run homer in the third and a three-run blast in the fourth, all off Bears starter Willie Banks, the Jersey City native.
Steve Moss had three hits, including a three-run homer, and four RBI for Bridgeport and scored four runs. Tim Johnson had three hits and scored twice. Cooper had three hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBI in vain for Newark. It was Cooper’s first homer on the season.
Kevin Mannix (3-1) earned the win, tossing five innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Banks (0-2) suffered the loss with nine runs, seven earned, scatteriing nine hits with two strikeouts.
The Bears begin a three-game series with the Long Island Ducks 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.
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