Bears starter Adam Gabel was impressive in Monday’s win over the Jackals.
The Bears got a rare win against the New Jersey Jackals on Monday afternoon at Newark. Newark jumped on New Jersey early and then exploded again late to cruise to an 11-2 victory. It was only the Bears’ fourth win against the Jackals this season. Newark owns a dismal 4-13 record against their in-state rivals, but looks to improve upon it with the three remaining games in this year’s final installment of the Battle of New Jersey. In Monday’s matchup, the Bears took full advantage of the Jackals’ uncharacteristic struggles on defense. New Jersey committed four errors and walked eight batters.
The onslaught began in the second inning when a pair of New Jersey errors led to early scores. A Sean O’Hare double plus an outfield error equaled two runs for the Bears. Later in the frame, a passed ball brought O’Hare home. The following inning, Mike Gedman singled home a run before another error allowed Newark to expand its lead to 5-0.
Bears players celebrate their 11-2 win against the Jackals.
New Jersey trimmed their deficit to 5-2 with a Cody Johnson two-run homer in the fourth, but Newark starting pitcher Adam Gabel (2-4) would then close the door on the Jackals. Gabel yielded just those two runs and the Bears provided their starter with plenty of insurance after he left the game in the seventh inning.
Newark added a run in the the seventh and then blew the game open with five more runs in the eighth. After three consecutive one-out walks loaded the bases, Jonny Kaplan singled home Joe Poletsky. Jamar Walton followed with a sacrifice fly and Newark scored three more in the inning on a bases-loaded walk by Kyle Lafrenz and a two-run single by Wander Nunez. The five-run outburst gave Newark a nine-run lead, helping Gabel earn his second win of the season. Wander Alvino pitched three scoreless innings to pick up his first save.
Jackals starter Keith Cantwell dropped to 5-5 with the loss. The right-hander allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits, walked two, and struck out six in his four innings of work. Reliever Bryan Morgado was also tagged for five runs, but all of his were earned.
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The Bears’ offense was firing on all cylinders. Every hitter in the Newark lineup reached base safely and nearly every batter had at least one hit, RBI, and run scored. Designated hitter Ernie Banks, Jr. led the attack, going 3-for4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jamar Walton went 2-for-4, scored a run, and drove in one. Joe Poletsky and Wander Nunez each batted 2-for-5.
The Bears play the second game of the four-game set against the New Jersey Jackals on Tuesday, August 13 at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.
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Bears 11, Jackals 2
Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:00 AM
Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, Newark, NJ
By Dennis Mark with the Can-Am League
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