YORK, Pa. – The Newark Bears defeated the York Revolution 16-10 at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, Pennsylvania. Every Bear starter recorded a multi-hit effort as Newark connected for a season-high 26 hits.
Newark cracked the scoreboard in the visitor’s second inning as James Cooper put a groundball through the legs of the York first baseman to plate Eric Munson and it was 1-0. York sent nine batters to the plate against Mike Loree in the second inning. An RBI groundout, two-straight errors and a two-run double by Liu Rodriguez plated four runs on three hits to put the Revs up 4-1. York added three more runs in the third as James Shanks connected on a solo homer followed two batters later by a two-run shot off the bat of Erold Andrus to push the lead to six runs.
The Bears batted around and sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth against Tim Harikkala and reliever Neil McCurdy and connected on seven-straight hits. Randy Gress and Sandy Madera plated two each with RBI singles and Carl Everett ripped a RBI double to bring Newark with a run. In the sixth inning against reliever Cory Willey, Kennard Jones drilled solo home run over the hitter’s eye in center field, his fifth home run of the season, and the game was tied 7-7. An eight-batter seventh against Eric Ackerman put the Bears up for good. Gress added his third RBI with a single followed by a Tim Raines Jr. two-run single to give Newark a 10-7 lead.
Newark added two more runs in the eighth off another York reliever. Brian Barton, who finished 4-for-5, ripped one of his two RBI doubles and a Manny Mejia sacrifice fly put the Bears up by five runs. Rodriguez blasted a two-run shot in the home eighth to pull York within two runs, 12-10. The Bears though used another long inning with a string of six-straight one-out hits to bring in four more runs to seal the win. Everett, who went 4-for-6, Barton and Munson all had RBI plating hits.
Drew Coffey (1-1) got the win in relief as he fired two scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits, with a pair of strikeouts. Ackerman (5-1), who was one of seven pitchers for York including shortstop Chuck Jeroloman, took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits, with a strikeout in an inning of work.
The Bears continue the series with York on Friday night. 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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