Game 54: Bears @ Patriots

Game 54 – Newark Bears @ Somerset Patriots
June 18, 2010
TD Bank Ballpark – Bridgewater, NJ

Pitching Matchup: NWK Mike Loree vs. SOM Jesse Darcy

Starting Lineups:

NEWARK

James Cooper, CF
Kennard Jones, RF
Scott Spiezio, 2B
Daryle Ward, 1B
Carl Everett, DH
Victor Rodriguez, 3B
Tom Pennino, C
Shawn Williams, SS
Paddy Matera, LF

Mike Loree, P

SOMERSET

Wayne Lydon, CF
Tim Raines, Jr., LF
Matt Hagen, 2B
Michael Hernandez, 1B
Noah Hall, RF
Jason Belcher, DH
Elliott Ayala, SS
J.R. Hopf, C
David Housel, 3B

Jesse Darcy, P

Radio Links: Click here to listen to Adam Amin’s broadcast on WCTC

Live Box Score: The link to Pointstreak box score is here.

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): Aaaaaaaaand we’re off to a bad start.  Jesse Darcy drills Bears leadoff hitter James Cooper, and Cooper then steals second and advances to third on an errant throw by catcher J.R. Hopf, who has Cooper dead to rights with anything resembling an accurate throw.

Scott Spiezio hits a ball towards third with some wicked spin on it, and it eludes David Housel…Cooper scores, but unlike Hanley Ramirez, Housel hustles after the ball and gets Spiezio out when tried to stretch it into a double.  Newark takes a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the first.

Daryle Ward with a home run to short right field off of Darcy…who has pitched pretty well since the first.  But that makes it 2-0, Bears, T4.

Joe Burke pinch hitting for Matt Hagen in the 4th inning.  Odd.  Didn’t see an apparent injury.  Will find out what’s going on and obviously post it here.

Burke breaks up Loree’s perfect game with two outs in the fourth…a single to right and Somerset is finally on the basepaths.

Burke goes to first base for the top of the 5th.  Hernandez goes from first to left field, and Raines goes from left field to second base.

Matt Hagen has been removed from the game due to a leg cramp, according to a team official.  It appears to be a precautionary measure.

And Hopf gets Somerset on the board in the fifth…he sent a little two out flare to short center field, and Cooper was unable to come up with the diving catch.  It’s now 2-1, Newark, B5.

And then David Housel (!!!) hits a double to the deepest part of the ballpark to plate Hopf and tie the game.  Read about Housel’s recent hot streak in Thursday’s Hunterdon County Democrat — but lately, all he’s done is hit.  2-2, B5.

Scott Spiezio gets his double.  He softly lines one just inside the first base line, scoring Kennard Jones, and putting the Bears back on top, 3-2, T6.

And that will be all for Mr. Darcy.  Tim Lavigne, as predicted earlier, in the game in relief of Darcy, who threw just 72 pitches; 51 for strikes.  He leaves with runners on the corners and one out.  3-2, Bears, T6.

And Lavigne’s third pitch as a Patriot is lined to center by Victor Rodriguez, which scores a run and puts Newark up, 4-2, T6.  That run is, of course, charged to Darcy.

Lavigne strikes out Paddy Madera with the bases loaded to end the threat…Somerset still very much so in this one, down 4-2, going into B6.

And we’re tied.  Jason Belcher hit a soft single to center field, and Elliott Ayala plated a run on a fielder’s choice.  4-4, B6.  Darcy off the hook.

Brian Henderson comes into get the last out of the 7th, and the game remains tied, 4-4, going into B7.

Victor Rodriguez can bunt?  Who knew?

Michael Hernandez got that one, and he knew it.  He gives Somerset a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the 8th on a home run that went over the wall in left center.

Jeff Kennard in for the 9th.  Quite a spot for him right here…

Kennard got the first two outs, but walks Kennard…uhhh, Kennard Jones on an 11 pitch at-bat.  Now he walks Daryle Ward, and Carl Everett’s up.  Uh-oh.

In-Game Photos:

In-Game YouTube Videos:

Final Score: 5-4, Patriots

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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