CAMDEN – Thursday night’s game between the Newark Bears and Camden Riversharks was suspended in the top of the 8th inning at Campbell’s Field in Camden, New Jersey. The Bears were leading 5-4.
The game will resume in the top of the 8th inning at 6:00 p.m. The regularly scheduled second game of the series will begin approximately 30 minutes following the resumption of the suspended game.
The Bears took an early advantage against Mike Madsen as Tim Raines Jr. led off with single and stole second, his 41st steal of the season. Carl Everett brought him home two batters later with a RBI single and it was 1-0 Newark. Chris Walker took the second pitch he saw from Bob Zimmermann in the home half over the wall in right field to tie the game 1-1.
The Riversharks edged ahead in the home second inning. Sean Smith doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI groundout by Josh Horn to make it 2-1 Camden. Brian Barton answered back for Newark in the third with a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field, his 19th of the season, and the game was again tied. The back and forth game continued as Camden added a run on an error in the fourth inning followed by the Bears getting the tying run in the fifth as Kennard Jones scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch to tie the game for the third time.
Smith helped put the Riversharks back on top with a RBI sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning and it was 4-3 Camden. Eric Munson reached on a single to start the eighth and moved to second on a Manny Mejia fielder’s choice and an error on new reliever William Vaughan. Isaiah Kaaihue put down a sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by third baseman, which allowed Munson to score and tie the game up, 4-4. James Cooper broke the tie with a RBI fielder’s choice to plate Mejia and put Newark up by a run. The rains came and the tarp was put on with Randy Gress about to step to the plate.
The Bears continue the series with Camden with the regularly scheduled game Friday night. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with Erik Wilson, the Voice of the Riversharks providing the play-by-play. Mike Loree takes the mound against Camden’s Brad Knox.
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