NEWARK – Carl Everett belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning, snapping a 2-2 tie, and had three RBI, as the Newark Bears defeated the Somerset Patriots 4-2 Sunday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The win gave the Bears a split of their four-game series with their cross-state rivals.
Everett’s long drive over the right field wall, his fifth of the season, came with two out and scored Daryle Ward, who had singled. It was only the second homer at “The Den” for Everett, the former two-time American League All-Star, but it was his third of the year against Somerset. The homer gave Bears starter Mike Loree (4-7) the victory. The Gillette resident and former Delbarton School standout pitched six solid innings, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits, striking out four.
Derek Blacksher pitched a scoreless seventh, Michael Nix pitched a scoreless eighth and recently re-acquired Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his seventh save, his first since re-signing with the Bears last Friday after Benitez was released by the Florida Marlins organization. Benitez struck out two in the ninth, giving him 29 strikeouts in 19 innings with the Bears.
The Patriots wasted little time to take the early lead. Wayne Lydon led off the game with a double and came around to score on a one-out RBI single from Jeff Nettles, the first of Nettles’ three hits on the night. Somerset increased the lead to 2-0 with another solo run in the third on an RBI single from Jason Belcher, who also had three hits for the Patriots.
Newark started to carve into the Somerset lead scoring single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Pablo Ozuna and Ward had singles, followed by a clutch two-out run-scoring single from Everett, slicing the lead to 2-1. In the fifth, Isaiah Kaaihue doubled off the wall in right field and came around to score on a single from Kennard Jones. Josh Miller (7-7) went the distance for the Patriots, allowing all four runs, all earned, and eight hits over the eight innings. It was Miller’s third complete game of the season and the Patriots have lost all three of those Miller starts.
The Bears take to the road for a seven-game stretch, beginning with a four-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Monday. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Fans can catch all the action on www.newarkbears.com as David Greenwald provides the play-by-play.
Connect with NJTODAY.NET
Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!