David and his parents helped transform Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium into a vintage ballpark. With 50s and 60s decor and music throughout the Den, Bears players also took a trip back in time by capturing their first series win against the Jackals since July 2012.
New York Yankees legend Roy White, who appeared on behalf of David and the Roy White Foundation, met with fans and signed autographs to benefit education for young adults and children. Mr. White also threw out the ceremonial first pitch with the Owner for the Day behind the plate. David, who plays catcher for his high school baseball team, regarded that as the highlight of his day.
The Yankees great and Owner for the Day were then treated to an outstanding pitching performance by Bears starter David Dinelli. Dinelli (3-2) had flirted with a no-hitter, but had it broken up in the seventh inning. Even more remarkable was the fact that Dinelli had spent most of the season in the bullpen as a reliever. The Bears right-hander allowed only one earned run on two hits and fanned nine in seven innings of work.
The Bears jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI double by shortstop Travis Weaver. Newark added a run in the third with right fielder Carlos Guzman’s fourth home run of the season. A groundout by Guzman and a single by center fielder Jamar Walton extended the lead to 4-0.
The New Jersey bats finally woke up in the seventh, much to the dismay of the crowd looking for the first Bears no-hitter since Mike Ness’ gem last July. Dinelli had kept the Jackals off balance most of the night, but Bryan Sabatella ended the no-hitter with a soft single to right.
New Jersey would then score single runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. However, the Bears withstood the late Jackals rally to preserve the win. Closer Jorge Vasquez shut the door on the comeback to earn his 12th save of the season.
Third baseman Travis Weaver was the Bears’ offensive player of the game. Weaver went 2-for-2, drove in a run, scored a run, and drew a walk.
Bridger Hunt was 1-for-4 in the leadoff spot. With his .400 average, Hunt is 68 points ahead of Rockland’s Donnie Webb in the Can-Am League batting average race.
The Bears welcome the Rockland Boulders to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Friday, July 26 at 6:35 PM. FanTastic Friday will feature a spectacular post-game fireworks show, Coors Light giveaways, free glow necklaces for the first 50 kids, Diamond Dig, Launch-A-Ball, and more!
Buy tickets, listen to the live Game Central audio broadcast, or follow the Bears on Game Live to get real-time play-by-play and stats. You can also access the LISTEN LIVE and SCOREBOARD links at www.newarkbears.com.
Bears 4, Jackals 3
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:35 PM
Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, Newark, NJ
By Dennis Mark
Copyright by the Newark Bears. Information from the Can-Am League was used in this article. Banner photo by Gordon Forsyth.
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