Ward, Smith Lead Bears To 6-4 Win In Long Island

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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.– The Newark Bears defeated the Long Island Ducks 6-4 on Thursday night at Suffolk County Sports Park in Central Islip, N.Y.

The Ducks cracked the scoreboard in the home first off Matt Smith. Juan Francia singled and stole second and Dustin Mohr brought him home with a RBI single to make it 1-0 just two batters into the game. Long Island extended its lead in the home second as Erick Monzon plated a pair on single up the middle and it was 3-0.

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Newark came back in the third against Joe Esposito. Gabe Suarez led off with a single and Randy Gress drew a one-out walk. Carl Everett came up two batters later and ripped a single through the left side to bring the runners in and cut the lead to 3-2.

The score remained the same until the visitor’s third as James Cooper reached on an infield single, Daryle Ward blasted his ninth home run of the season deep to right and the Bears were up 4-3. Everett and Manny Mejia followed with two more single and drove Esposito from the game. Two batters later, Todd Jennings, who made his Bears debut, scored Everett from second on a RBI single, the fifth hit of the frame, and the lead grew to two runs. Newark added an insurance run in the seventh as Ward started inning with a single and came home on a Mejia one-out RBI single to right and it was 6-3. Ward finished his day 3-for-4 and reached base four times.

Smith (4-7) became Newark’s first four-game winner, allowing just three runs on 11 hits, with a walk and two strikeouts in six and one-third innings of work. Esposito (2-4) was dealt the loss, tossing four and one-third innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Michael Nix collected his third save of the season working the ninth inning.

The Bears and Ducks continue their series on Friday night. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play.


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