My friends and I met up again at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Sunday. We saw a slow-moving, sloppy game with questionable umpiring, bad base running and a lot of runs. Somerset defeated the Bears 9-6 to avoid being swept in the three-game series.
Bill Pulsipher, now just two months short of his 37th birthday, started the game for Somerset. One of the batters he faced in Newark’s lineup was Carl Everett, 39. On the hill for the Bears was Matt Smith, about seven months younger than me. It’s nice to watch a game and not feel quite so old as I do when I hear about Delino DeShields Jr. signing a contract, but baseball is a young man’s game.
Smith went to a full count on nearly every batter and gave up six runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. The bullpen wasn’t much better – Drew Coffey retired just one of the three batters he faced and Greg Reinhard gave up a three-run homer to Josh Pressley.
The Bears tried to mount a comeback, but their ninth inning rally magic fell short. Pulsipher pitched 5 1/3 innings to earn the win, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out six, mixing a mid-80s fastball with some nasty-looking breaking pitches.
Somerset outfielder Elliott Ayala was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing after he was called out for failing to touch first base on what should have been a double. I still have to check the rulebook to see how that play should be scored.
I went to four games on the six-game homestand. I saw a no-hitter, a walk-off grand slam and another walk-off win that ended with a collision at home plate. I guess I was due for an ordinary game.