Home Runs Help Newark Overcome Bridgeport, 10-7

Derek Blacksher (photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

NEWARK – Brian Barton belted a three-run homer and Sandy Madera and Randy Gress each had a solo shot as the Newark Bears defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 10-7 Wednesday night at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

With the win, Newark finished 4-2 over the six-game homestead, which included a sweep of the York Revolution. The three homers also gave the Bears a total of 15 round trippers in the last six games.


Madera got the scoring started in the home first inning off Matt Pike. The Bears’ first baseman lifted an impressive 440-foot shot over the batters’ eye in straight away centerfield, one of the longest homers hit during the 2010 season in Newark, to make 1-0 Newark. The ‘Fish reached Bears starter Derek Blacksher for four runs in the top of the second inning, collecting four straight singles to bring in a run. Brandon Chaves delivered the big hit, a two-run double to push Bridgeport ahead and Adam Greenberg drove in the fourth run with an infield groundout and the Bluefish had a 4-1 lead. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Luis Lopez brought a run in the top of the third to increase the lead four runs.

The Bears rallied for four runs of their own in the home half of the frame. Madera drove in his second run of the game with a double and Barton lifted his three-run blast to right, his 11th of the season, to knot the game at 5-5. Newark regained the lead in the home fourth as Gress smacked a solo homer to left, his third of the season, followed by a Carl Everett RBI double to plate Tim Raines, Jr. for a two-run advantage. Bridgeport answered right back in the fifth inning with a pair of runs to tie the game up for the second time, 7-7.

Newark moved ahead for good against the Bluefish bullpen and Bartolome Fortunato (1-1) with a three-run rally in the home fifth. Eric Munson started the frame with a double and came around to score on a single to right by James Cooper. Raines, Jr.’s RBI single and a Kennard Jones run-scoring double gave the Bears a 10-7 advantage.

The rally made a winner out of reliever Matt Smith (8-11), who pitched three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless inning to earn his 10th save of the season. Barton, Raines, Jr., Madera, Cooper, Jones and Everett, all of whom had two hits each, keyed the Bears’ 14-hit attack. Lopez had two hits and two RBI for Bridgeport, while Phelps had two hits and one RBI.

The Bears head out on the road for a five-game road trip, beginning with a four-game series at York. Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. Fans can tune into all the action at www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play.

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