Gil Completes Three Game Stretch With Six Hits In Eleven At Bats
(New Britain, CT– August 25, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (24-22, 54-62) were defeated by the New Britain Bees (20-27, 56-61) 5-4 at New Britain Stadium on Thursday evening as the home team takes the rubber game of the three game midweek series. The in state rivals conclude their inaugural regular season head to head matchups with ten victories apiece.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Chris Rearick (0-2) suffered the loss, pitching five and one-third innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, walking two while striking out one and surrendering a home run. New Britain Starting Pitcher Jarret Leverett (4-7) earned the win, lasting six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, walking one, striking out three, and tossing a wild pitch. Rob Bryson retired all three batters he faced, striking out a pair to register his second save of the season.
For the third consecutive night, Bridgeport got on the scoreboard in the top half of the first inning. After Endy Chavez and Jose Cuevas reached on back to back singles, Jose Gil drove home Chavez with the game’s first run lacing an RBI double down the left field line. Angelys Nina followed with a sacrifice fly, and the ‘Fish were ahead 2-0 after one half inning. New Britain scored all of their runs in the bottom half of the second innings, sending eight batters to the plate against Rearick. Craig Maddox led off the frame with a single, and after a bunt single from Michael Crouse and a walk to Jonathan Roof, the bases were loaded. Jon Griffin would even up the game at two driving home Maddox and Crouse with a base knock of his own, and Jake McGuiggan followed with a go-ahead three run home run to left, and just like that the Bees turned a two-run deficit into a three-run cushion at 5-2.
Bridgeport would claw their way back to within 5-3 in the top of the sixth when Nina plated Gil with an RBI double with two out after Gil reached with an opposite field single to right. The Bluefish would get back to within a single run at 5-4 in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Luis Hernandez that would allow Anthony Giansanti to cross the plate after he singled with one out. That would be as close as the visitors would get as the bullpen duo of Eric Fornataro and Bryson would combine to pitch two and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball in relief to secure the victory for New Britain. Gil led the way for Bridgeport in defeat with a pair of hits 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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bridgeportbluefish/sets/72157669803249104.
The Bluefish return to the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Monday, August 29th to open up a seven game homestand against the York Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. CLICK HERE for tickets.
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