NEWARK – Jake Dittler scattered seven hits over eight innings and 2009 Atlantic League MVP Ray Navarette continued his fine hitting after his return to the lineup with two hits, including a homer, and two RBI, leading the Long Island Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the Newark Bears at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The win enabled the Ducks to take the rubber game of the three-game series with the Bears. The Ducks broke a scoreless tie with a single run in the third inning. John Rodriguez, who had two hits, singled with one out and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch from Paul Fagan.
Long Island then pushed the lead to 2-0 on a solo homer from Navarette, who returned to action this weekend after missing the early part of the season with a foot injury. It was Navarette’s second homer of the series in Newark. The Ducks scored twice in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from Navarette and a run-scoring fielder’s choice from Johnny Fernandez.
The Bears finally reached Jake Dittler in the home eighth inning, when the Atlantic League’s leading hitter, Kennard Jones, laced his league-leading 12th double of the season and came home on a single by Fernando Seguinol. Daryle Ward was the lone Bear hitter with more than one hit. Ward had two singles in vain.
Dittler (2-1) had his best outing of the season keeping the Bears off balance with an assortment of off-speed pitches. He struck out only two and he walked two, but he was helped by two big double plays. Kane Davis came in to record his fifth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning, striking out one. Fagan (3-2) pitched well for Newark, allowing just two earned runs over seven innings, striking out a season-high seven batters, but he dropped his second straight start.
The Bears travel to Lancaster for a three-game series with the Barnstormers beginning Tuesday. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald calling the play-by-play.
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