WALDORF, MD – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs defeated the Newark Bears 6-1 on Monday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland.
Pitching was the story for both teams early as Joe Newby and Bob Zimmermann locked up for the second time in less than a week. Newby combined for a no-hitter with Jim Ed Warden against Newark last Wednesday. Tim Raines, Jr., who was traded to the Bears from Somerset prior to the start of the game, helped Newark take an early advantage. Raines drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Two batters later, Brian Barton drove him home on the first hit allowed by Newby in eight plus innings and Newark was up 1-0.
Zimmermann was strong through his first four frames as he allowed just two hits, struck out four and stranded four base runners. Following the Barton single, Newby retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, including 13 straight, with three strikeouts. Southern Maryland provided some run support in the home fifth. Christian Lopez reached on a throwing error and came around to score as Justin Armiger bunted for a single and an errant throw by Eric Munson pushed across a run and put him on second base. After a Shaun Cumberland single made it first and third with no outs, Casey Benjamin cleared the bases with a three-run shot on the first pitch he saw and it was 4-1 Blue Crabs.
Southern Maryland added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh off the Bears’ bullpen. Benjamin ripped a one-out double and came around to score on a Travis Garcia single into left to push the lead to five runs. Armiger reached on a two-out double in the seventh and came home as Cumberland single into right to add the game’s final run.
Newby (5-3) notched another win, firing six innings and scattering three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. Steve Palazzolo, Ryan Spier and Jeff Ridgway combined to toss three scoreless innings in relief and allowed just one hit and two walks, with Ridgway striking out the side in the ninth. Zimmermann (1-3, 8-4 overall) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs, three earned, and six hits, with six strikeouts over five innings of work.
Newark continues the series with the Blue Crabs Tuesday night at Regency Furniture Stadium. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.. Fans can tune into all the action at www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play.
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