NEWARK- Richie Robnett hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning, leading the Camden Riversharks to a 5-4 win over the Newark Bears in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in a game that featured a nearly two-hour rain delay.
Robnett took the first pitch he saw from Bears starter and loser Mike Loree (2-5) and deposited it over the right field wall for a three-run homer, his fourth homer of the season. Robnett’s homer came after Garrett Guzman and Chris Malec reached on singles. The Bears tied the game in the home third with three runs off Camden starter and winning pitcher Steve Hammond (3-4) on an RBI grounder by Gabe Suarez and a two-run triple by Kennard Jones.
The Riversharks broke the tie with an unearned run off Loree when Malec’s sacrifice fly scored Cesar Suarez, who had singled. The Riversharks pushed the lead to 5-3 with another run off Loree in the sixth on an RBI fielder’s choice by Cesar Suarez. With the rain coming down in the home seventh, the Bears managed to get one run. Nook Logan reached on an infield single and moved around to third on an error. Logan scored on a sacrifice fly by Jones, who had three RBI for the day. The game was stopped after the home seventh with the rain steadily coming down, with the delay totaling one hour and 57 minutes.
Hammond pitched six innings and allowed just two earned runs on three hits, striking out seven and walking five, two of which were intentional. Eddy Camacho took the mound after the rain delay and pitched two scoreless innings to earn his second save. After play resumed, neither team reached base in the final two innings as the teams retired all 12 batters.
Loree, the Gillette, N.J. native, deserved a better fate. He scattered eight hits, allowing four earned runs, walking two and striking out a season-high seven batters.
The Bears continue their home stand and welcome the Lancaster Barnstormers in for four games beginning on Monday. Game time is set for 11:05 a.m., with the gates of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opening at 10:05 a.m.
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