Baseball season is winding down. So it was nice to spend an evening with my friend Bart watching the Newark Bears beat up on the York Revolution’s depleted pitching staff.
The Revolution actually took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, thanks in part to some poor defense by the Bears.
The Bears shelled York starter Jeremy Lewis in the second, running off seven consecutive hits and scoring six runs. According to the York game notes, the seven consecutive hits allowed were a team record.
Of course, it wouldn’t have happened without a terrible official scoring call. Carl Everett hit a routine liner to left field that went off James Shanks’ glove. I bet even he would tell you that it should have been scored an error.
With the game well in hand, Bears starter Mike Loree cruised until the seventh, when Jose Herrera’s 10th home run of the season drove him from the game. It was a strange homer. It appeared to bounce off of something — either the top of the wall or maybe James Cooper’s glove — before going out.
Will Cunnane came on in relief and gave up another run before ending the inning, making the score 9-6. I turned to Bart and predicted that Newark would find a way to lose the game.
Fortunately, I was wrong. Greg Reinhard pitched a shaky, but scoreless, eighth and Armando Benitez closed out the victory in the ninth.
With 24 games remaining, the Bears trail the Somerset Patriots by 6.5 games. The two teams do not have any games remaining against each other. The Bears have to play seven games against the Bridgeport Bluefish and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, the only other teams in the Atlantic League with winning records in the second half. Worse, they have two doubleheaders scheduled.
The Bears’ playoff picture looks a little brighter than the Mets’, but I don’t think either team will still be playing once the last regular season game ends.