BEARS LOSE ROAD OPENER AT YOGI BERRA STADIUM, 7-6
Jackals use long ball to topple Newark
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. — Tim Raines, Jr. continued his torrid hitting with a double and triple among his four hits and two RBI, but it went for naught, as the Newark Bears dropped their first road game of the season, a 7-6 setback to the New Jersey Jackals Tuesday night at Yogi Berrra Stadium. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Newark.
The Jackals (2-3) hit three homers against Bears pitching to earn the victory. Chris White, Nick Giarraputo and Jeremy Slayden all hit homers to even the Essex County Challenge series at one game each. Jared Locke (1-0) earned the win on the mound in relief and Jeff Gogal picked up the save.
The Bears (2-3) received the four hits from Raines, Jr., who is now batting .429 with eight RBI on the young season. Jeff Toth delivered two hits, including a triple. Daryle Ward, making his seasonal debut after signing earlier in the day, had an RBI double. The Bears led 5-2 in the second inning, but could not hold the lead. Reliever Andrew Pluta (0-1) surrendered three runs over three innings in relief of starter Alex Smith and suffered the setback.
The Bears and Jackals resume their series at Yogi Berra Stadium Wednesday night at 11:05 a.m. Jesse Estrada will start for the Bears. The Bears return home to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium Thursday night to begin a series with the New York Federals, with first pitch scheduled for 5:35 p.m.