Whit Robbins shows off the new uniforms
Homestead 4 at Newark 0
W: M. German (2-1, 3.13); L: S. Steedley (0-2, 13.50)
A classic pitcher's duel came to an unhappy end for the Newark Eagles who fell, 4-0 to the Homestead Grays on Negro League Appreciation Night.
Quentin Berry singled off of reliever Spencer Steedley, then stole 2nd base. Watson would be hit by a pitch, but Michael Taylor ground into a double play, to take out Quenton and Taylor. A wild pitch by Steedley undid the great defensive work however, sending Watson to 3rd. Gus Milner was then intentionally walked and John Urick drew a walk to load the bags. At this point, Newark field manager Jeff Smith replaced Steedley with Matt Williams. A throwing error by Juan Portes at 3rd allowed Watson and Milner to score, and Kevin Mahar to reach. Tuffy Gosewisch then doubled in Urick and Mahar before Fidel Hernandez went down on strikes.
Newark would go down quietly to Homestead's Matt Smith in the bottom half of the stanza to conclude the contest.
After an offensive outburst the night before, Newark managed only six hits in the game. Wilson Ramos and Juan Portes were both 2-for-5. Ortiz was 1-for-3 with a walk, while Johnny Woodard was 1-for-4 with a walk.
Matt Fox worked six fine innings for the Eagles, allowing 8 hits and a walk while striking out 3 but giving up no runs. Jose Mijares worked a pair of innings in relief, as did Anthony Slama.
The rubber match of the series is Saturday on a Back-to-School backpack give away night.
Cole Devries (7-8, 2.97) will take to the hill for the home town team, while Drew Naylor (1-5, 6.87) will handle the pitching chores for the visitors.
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Devries wanted to wear the new stylin' duds, but as he wasn't playing in the game, he was disappointed. He'd try to practice in them, but Raz made him go back to clubhouse and take them off. Raz suggested he could wear them in the stands while charting and REALLY make a fashion statement, but he declined that one.
Jose Mijares and Alex Burnett (I think)