LANCASTER, Pa. – The Newark Bears defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 6-1 in the series finale on Thursday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Bob Zimmermann, in his second start as a Bear, was dominant as he retired the first 16 batters he faced with 10 strikeouts, including striking out the side in the fourth.
Newark wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Kennard Jones singled to start the game off Rick Bauer. Jones moved around the bases on a stolen base and a throwing error against the catcher. Pablo Ozuna grounded out to short to bring in Jones and it was 1-0 Bears. The lead grew to four runs in the fifth as Jones, who finished the day 3-for-5, reached on a two-base error on a dropped fly ball to left. Ozuna plated him with a bloop double to right and came into score as Daryle Ward drilled his 13th home run, seventh against the ‘Stormers, to make it 5-0.
Lancaster cracked the scoreboard as Adam Witter, the eighteenth man to come to plate, ripped a two ball, two strike, two out pitch over the wall in right to break up the perfect game, no-hitter and shutout on one swing. Newark tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh off the Lancaster bullpen. Jones, Ozuna and Brian Barton all reached to load the bases. Ward plated his third RBI scoring Jones and Carl Everett put a single up the middle to bring in Ozuna.
Zimmermann (1-1, 8-2) notched his first win as a Bear as he fired seven innings with 10 strikeouts. Bauer (0-2, 3-11) was dealt the loss, tossing five innings, allowing four runs, one earned, and five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Michael Nix and Armando Benitez each worked scoreless innings in relief.
The Bears continue the road trip and begin a three-game weekend series at the Camden Riverhsharks on Friday night. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at Campbell’s Field. Fans can catch all the action on www.newarkbears.com as David Greenwald provides the play-by-play.
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