Skelton’s Three-Run Home Run In The Seventh Proves To Be The Difference
(New Britain, CT– August 23, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (23-21, 53-61) were defeated the New Britain Bees (19-26, 55-60) 4-3 at New Britain Stadium on Tuesday evening in the opener of a three game midweek series between in-state rivals. Bridgeport drops to 16-18 in games decided by one run while New Britain improves to 22-19 while also upping their record to 37-24 in the inaugural season at their home ballpark in the Hardware City.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher David Kubiak registered a no-decision, allowing three runs on six hits in six and one-third innings pitched, walking two while striking out six and tossing a wild pitch. The right hander collects his sixth quality start in nine appearances on the mound when opening up a ballgame. New Britain Pitcher Brian Dupra also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, lasting just two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out two. Anthony Marzi (5-1) earned the win out of the bullpen, firing five innings while surrendering just one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two. Paul Demny (4-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning pitched, giving up a walk and a home run. Sean Gilblair pitched a clean inning striking out a pair to notch his team-leading 11th save.
The Bluefish got on the board quickly against Dupra with a pair of runs in the top half of the first inning. Endy Chavez and Jose Cuevas picked up back to back singles, and Sean Burroughs followed with an RBI base knock, plating Chavez with the game’s first run just four batters into the ballgame. Jose Gil would make it 2-0 Bridgeport when he drove home Cuevas with a two-out run-scoring double. Bridgeport added a run in the top of the seventh when Luis Hernandez singled home Gil as the Bluefish enjoyed their largest lead of the night at 3-0.
Kubiak was on cruise control as the game moved to the bottom of the seventh inning. Michael Crouse led off with a single, and stole the second of three bases on the night to move into scoring position. Crouse now leads the Atlantic League in bags swiped with 48. Jon Griffin would get the Bees on the board with an RBI single, scoring Crouse to cut the deficit to 3-1. With one out, Kubiak was lifted for Demny, and on the ninth pitch of the at bat to James Skelton, the New Britain backstop launched a go-ahead three run home run to right which gave the Bees their first lead of the night 4-3 as they fought back for the one-run victory. Cuevas and Burroughs led the way for Bridgeport with two hits each. The Bluefish lost tonight’s game, but with Serv Pro IT’S LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED because of Serv Pro’s amazing staff and attention to detail. Visit their website at www.servprostamford.com. Photo provided courtesy of Dave Csordas and Daniel Saunders. To view more photos of tonight’s game go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/bridgeportbluefish/sets/72157671671724110/with/29190639455/
The Bluefish return to the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Monday, August 29th to open a three game series against the York Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. CLICK HERE for tickets.
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