Hernandez Drives Home Nina In Top Of The Eleventh, Carpenter Shuts The Door For The Save
(New Britain, CT– August 24, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (24-21, 54-61) defeated the New Britain Bees (19-27, 55-61) 4-3 in 11 Innings at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday night to even up the three game midweek series at a victory apiece. Bridgeport leapfrogs over Somerset for sole possession of First Place in the Second Half of the Liberty Division Standings by one half game overall and one game in the loss column.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo picked up a no-decision, giving up three runs on nine hits in seven innings pitched, walking three and striking out four. New Britain Starting Pitcher Mike Lee also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, tossing six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking and striking out three. Paul Demny (5-2) earned the win out of the bullpen, striking out a pair in a scoreless inning of relief. Sean Gilblair (3-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering one run on four hits in two and one-third innings on the mound. David Carpenter did not allow a run in four batters faced to notch his third save of the season.
For the second time in as many nights, Bridgeport got on the scoreboard in the top half of the first inning. Endy Chavez doubled with one out, and Jose Cuevas followed with a run-scoring base knock, and three batters into the ballgame the ‘Fish led 1-0. New Britain answered right back in the home half of the frame on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Michael Crouse to even the game at one. Each team traded runs in the second inning to knot the game up at two. The Bees would take their first lead of the night in the bottom of the fourth on an opposite field RBI single to right by Greg Golson, scoring James Skelton to give New Britain a 3-2 cushion. Bridgeport fought back to tie the contest up at three in the top of the eighth when Angelys Nina drove home pinch-runner Josh Vitters with a single as this back and forth matchup was once again all square.
New Britain had a golden opportunity to win the game in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth as they put runners at the corners with nobody out. Sam Gervacio kept the Bees off the scoreboard as Golson grounded out, and with the bases loaded following an intentional walk, Craig Maddox popped out and John Dziomba struck out swinging as Gervacio forced free baseball to be played in the Hardware City. In the top of the 11th against Gilblair, Nina led off the rally with a single. After an Anthony Giansanti sacrifice bunt, Hernandez came through again in the clutch with a single that plated Nina with the go ahead run. Carpenter came on to close it out inducing Maddox to ground out to second base giving the ‘Fish their seventh extra-innings win on the campaign and 25th come from behind victory. Jose Gil led the way for Bridgeport with three hits. Photo provided courtesy of Dave Csordas and Daniel Saunders. To view more photos of tonight’s game go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/bridgeportbluefish/sets/72157672924198775
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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