NEWARK – Joe Newby hurled eight innings of no-hit baseball and Jim Ed Warden pitched one hitless frame, leading the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to a 3-1 no-hit victory over the Newark Bears Wednesday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
Newby, who has spent most of his six-year professional career as a reliever, made only his fifth start of the season for the Blue Crabs Wednesday night. It was also the first time in his career that he ever pitched into the ninth inning as a starter.
The right-hander, who improved to 4-3 with the win, kept the Bears hitless into the ninth before a pair of a walks and hit batter loaded the bases. Brian Barton worked walk to bring in the lone run for the hosts, ending Newby’s night without surrendering a hit. Newby walked five, hit two batters and struck out four in his eight hitless innings.
Warden replaced Newby and retired the next three batters he faced with the final out coming as Isaiah Kaaihue grounded into a fielder’s choice at second base. The Blue Crab closer secured the no-hit bid and picked up his Atlantic League best 20th save.
Southern Maryland got Newby all the runs he would need in the top of the first inning. Casey Benjamin singled and went to second on an error. With two outs, Osborn had the first of his two RBI singles off Bears starter Bob Zimmermann to give the Blue Crabs a 1-0 lead. The lead grew to two runs in the third. Shaun Cumberland walked and moved to second on a single by Benjamin. Osborn delivered another two-out RBI single to score Cumberland with the second run. Southern Maryland added the final run in the seventh as Jeremy Owens singled and scored on a RBI double from Justin Arminger, his first RBI for the Blue Crabs.
The Bears only reached base in three innings. Randy Gress walked in the third with two out, but was stranded at first. Kennard Jones reached on an error in the seventh, but was erased trying to steal second base. Carl Everett was hit by a pitch in the eighth and advanced to second, but was stranded there.
Zimmermann (1-2, 8-3 overall) pitched well in defeat, going seven innings, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits, striking out six and walking two. Greg Reinhard pitched two perfect innings of relief.
Newark and Southern Maryland play their series finale on Thursday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Thursday night means “Thirsty Thursday,” presented by Budweiser and Pepsi.
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