Former major league starter Gustavo Chacin was brilliant for the Boulders, as Rockland cruised to a 5-0 win over Newark on Tuesday.
The left-handed Chacin, who made a name for himself with a 13-win rookie season with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2005, pitched like he never left the big leagues. He threw seven innings of two-hit ball, keeping the Bears off of the scoreboard. He struck out three batters and did not issue a walk.
Boulders’ left fielder Keith Brachold hit his league-leading 23rd home run, leading the way for Rockland’s offense.
Designated hitter Brandon Pinckney and third baseman Phillip Cuadrado each had three hits on the day to support the Boulders’ offensive effort.
Newark starter Julian Sampson went seven innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits and one walk in the loss. Reliever Caleb Cuevas contributed one scoreless inning.
The Bears and Boulders meet again on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.