NEWARK – Reggie Taylor had two hits, including a two-run homer, but delivered the key hit with an RBI single in the 10th inning, leading the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Newark Bears Tuesday afternoon at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
The Barnstomers trailed 3-0, going into the seventh inning, but tied the game in the ninth and won in the first extra frame. Bears reliever Mike Loree (2-6), who was the started Sunday’s game against Camden, gave up a double to Joe Gaetti and the RBI single by Taylor, who had a two-run homer in the seventh inning as well.
Reliever Tim Hamulack (2-3), the fourth Lancaster pitcher, retired all six batters he faced to earn the win. Lancaster retired the last 15 Bear batters in the win.
The Barnstomers tied the game at 3-3 by scoring a run with two outs in the top of the ninth off Armando Benitez, surrendering only his second earned run of the season. Benitez walked two batters in the ninth, but got the second out of the inning, before Aaron Herr delivered the RBI single that tied the game.
Kearny native Matt Smith had a solid start for the Bears, surrendering just four hits and two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, his best outing since earning a win May 19. Smith walked six and struck out four, with the only runs coming on a two-run homer in the seventh by Taylor.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on consecutive doubles from Daryle Ward, who had two hits, and Rodriguez, who was signed earlier in the day. The Bears pushed the lead to 2-0 in the home fifth, when James Cooper singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Ward.
Newark increased the lead to 3-0 in the sixth, when John-Ford Griffin walked, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on an RBI single by former American League All-Star Carl Everett, his first RBI of the season. Jose Sanchez went the first six innings for Lancaster. Sanchez allowed all three runs on five hits, walked five and struck out two.
The series continues on Wednesday. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m., with the gates of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opening at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday is “Kids Eat Free”, presented by Dr. Thomas Haveron. Kids 12 and under eat for free with a paid adult. In addition, the Bears will host the first of two High School Home Run Derbies. Boys from the Super Essex Conference will participate in the derby, with festivities set to begin at 5:15 p.m.
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