FOR BEARS, IT WAS A GARDEN OF EDEN
by Jim Hague, http://www.newarkbears.com
Newark pitcher allows only one earned run, Santiesteban sparkles in 4-3 win
NEWARK, N.J. May 29, 2011 – Eric Eden pitched 6 2/3 solid innings, allowing just one earned run, and Danny Santiesteban had three hits and an RBI, leading the Newark Bears to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Jackals in the first game of the Essex County Challenge Sunday afternoon at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
The victory enabled the Bears to even their season record at 2-2, while the Jackals dropped to 1-3 on the young season.
Eden, a native of Hillsborough, N.J. and a graduate of Hillsborough High, made his Bear debut a memorable one, gaining the victory, with help from relievers Anthony Pluta, who pitched 1 1/3 innings. Mikey Melich finished up in the ninth to gain the save.
The Bears drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning, scoring one run after two outs. Tim Raines, Jr. started the rally with an infield single, followed by a single to center by Brian Nichols. Santiesteban then delivered a run-scoring single, scoring Raines, Jr. with the game’s first run.
The Jackals then took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth, when Leonard Davis and Myron Leslie had back-to-back doubles and Leslie eventually scored the go-ahead run on a two-out error.
The Bears then tied the game at 2-2 in the home fourth, when Santiesteban doubled and came home to score on a two-out single by Jeff Toth, his sixth RBI in the last three games.
The Bears took the lead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Jared Jeffries started the rally by drawing a walk and moved to second on an infield groundout. Jeffries stole third and came home to score on a sacrifice fly from Kyle LaMotta, giving the Bears a 3-2 lead. Raines, Jr. and Nichols had consecutive singles and Raines, Jr. eventually scored on a wild pitch for the fourth run.
The Jackals sliced the lead to 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning on a solo homer from Leslie, who had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored in vain.
The Bears continue their home-and-home series with the Jackals on Tuesday and Wednesday night at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, then return to ‘’The Den’’ Thursday, June 2 to begin a seven-game home stand, facing the New York Federals with first pitch slated for 5:35 p.m.