A five-run first inning by the Newark Bears was not enough to stop the New Jersey Jackals, as Brick City’s intrastate rival put up 10 unanswered runs in an 12-7 victory over Newark on Sunday at Yogi Berra Stadium.
The Jackals were led by Francisco Caraballo and Carlos Guzman, who combined for five RBI in New Jersey’s come-from-behind victory.
The Bears jumped all over New Jersey starter Kyle Greenwalt with a five-run first inning. Mike Richard got things started with a lead-off double, and scored the first run of the day on a single by Billy Alvino.
Alvino (2-for-5, 3 RBI) later scored on a single by Bryce Lane to make it 2-0 Bears. Juan Martinez scored the third run of the inning on a Burt Reynolds ground out.
Finally, Tucker Nathans’ two-run double put the Bears up 5-0 with only one out in the inning.
However, the lead was short lived.
With Newark up 5-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Angel Berroa led off with a solo home run to cut the Bears lead to 5-2. Next, Francisco Caraballo doubled in Matt Cusick to make it 5-3, and Guzman drove in Caraballo with the third run of the inning to chase Bears starter Caleb Cuevas from the game.
The Jackals tied it and jumped out in front in the bottom of the fifth. First, Nick Giarraputo reached on a error by first baseman Eric McGee, and came around to score the tying run on a single by Chris Henderson.
Gaetano Giunta put the Jackals in front, 6-5, with a RBI single to bring in Henderson.
The Jackals would add their lead on an RBI single by Giarraputo in the sixth to make it 7-5.
New Jersey tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Caraballo.
The Bears got back into the game in the eighth inning when Billy Alvino lined a two-run double to drive in Tucker Nathans and McFarlin Kellon to cut the Jackals lead to 10-7.
The Bears’ comeback stalled when New Jersey’s Guzman cracked a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend the Jackals lead to 11-7.
The Bears and Jackals will have a day off on Monday and conclude their three-game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.
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