Barton’s Grand Slam Gives Bears A Walk-Off Win

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NEWARK – Newly-acquired Brian Barton capped a thrilling five-run ninth inning rally with a grand slam, his second homer as a Bear, with one out in the ninth, leading the Newark Bears to a 9-6 come-from-behind victory over the York Revolution Sunday afternoon at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

The Bears entered the ninth inning, trailing 6-4, facing Revolution relief pitcher Ryan Basner, before mounting the rally. Victor Rodriguez led off the ninth with a single, followed by a bloop single by Shawn Williams. After Carl Everett popped out as a pinch hitter, Kennard Jones drew a walk to load the bases and Gabe Suarez followed with a bases-loaded walk, cutting the lead to 6-5. Up stepped Barton, who was just acquired last week in a trade with Bridgeport. He took a 2-2 pitch from Basner deep over the right field wall for the game-winning homer.


The rally made a winner of reliever Greg Reinhard, who pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn his second win in three decisions. Basner dropped to 1-1 with the loss, giving up all five runs (all earned) in the ninth.

The Revolution scored single runs in the first, second and third innings off Bears starter Vince Perkins. The Revs scored in the first when Scott Grimes was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and eventually came around to score on a passed ball.

In the second inning, former Bear John Pachot and Chuck Jeroloman had consecutive doubles, with Jeroloman’s two-bagger scoring Pachot. Jeroloman continued his hot hitting with four more hits Sunday. The Revolution had at least 14 hits in all three wins over the weekend.

In the third, Erold Andrus led off the inning with a double off Perkins and scored on Bladergroen’s RBI single.

The Bears first run came in the second inning when James Cooper singled, moved to third on Rodriguez’ double and scored on a sacrifice fly from Williams.

York broke open the game with three runs in the top of the seventh, with Grimes driving in a run with a single and Bladergroen delivering the big hit, a two-out, two-run single to left. Newark countered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh, closing the gap to 6-4, when Jones, the Atlantic League’s leading hitter, cleared the loaded bases with a three-run triple to deep centerfield, ending starter Corey Thurman’s day, setting the stage for the thrilling ninth-inning comeback. Jones, Rodriguez and Cooper each had two hits for the winners.

The Bears begin their final road trip of the first half of the Atlantic League season, traveling to face Bridgeport for four games kicking off Monday. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Fans can tune into all the action on with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play.

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