LANCASTER, Pa. – The Newark Bears defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 18-2 Wednesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The win gave the Bears a 2-1 series win in the final meeting of 2010.
The Bears wasted little time against Wayne Franklin sending nine batters to plate in the first inning. Isaiah Kaaihue started the scoring with a bases-loaded walk followed by a James Cooper bases-clearing triple and a Randy Gress RBI single and it was 5-0. Newark used eight batters in the second to drive Franklin from the game, just an inning and one-third worked. With two on, Carl Everett ripped a RBI single and after Manny Mejia reached on a single to load the bases, Kaaihue cleared them with three-run double to push the lead to 9-0.
Newark batted around in the third and picked up six runs on three home runs. Paddy Matera drilled a solo shot, his second home run of the season, Everett blasted a three-run bomb over the picnic tents in right field and Cooper also deposited one of the wall in right to make it 15-0 Bears. Cooper finished the night 4-for-6 with five RBI and was a double short of the cycle.
Shane Youman was brilliant for Newark as he surrendered just one hit through his first four innings and retired 10 straight at one point. Ryan Mulhern broke the shut out with a solo home run in the fifth inning and it was 15-1. Newark added to their advantage as with Eric Munson aboard, Mejia pounded a Sean Thompson pitch over the hitter’s eye in centerfield and the lead was 17-1. Kennard Jones plated the final run with a RBI single in the eighth. Mulhern added a run for Lancaster in the ninth with a RBI single.
Youman (4-1, 6-5 overall) tossed a complete game win, scattering seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Franklin (2-5) took the loss, allowing nine runs on seven hits, with four walks and a strikeout.
The Bears continue the road trip with a four-game series at the Camden Riversharks kicking off Thursday night. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at Campbell’s Field. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play. Bob Zimmermann toes the rubber for Newark and faces Camden’s Mike Madsen.
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