Five Hits For Dotel, Four Runs Batted In For Nina
(Lancaster, PA– August 27, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (25-23, 55-63) defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers (19-28, 54-63) 10-2 at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Saturday evening to even up the three game weekend series at a victory apiece. Bridgeport amassed 14 hits in the ballgame, marking the 51st time this season in which they have collected ten or more hits in a single contest.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Matthew Spann (2-0) was victorious in his first start in a Bluefish uniform, allowing just two runs (one earned run) on four hits, walking one and striking out four while giving up a home run. The left hander retired 11 batters in a row and 14 of 15 during the quality start and was very effective all night long. Lancaster Starting Pitcher Hitoshi Fujie registered a no-decision, giving up one run on two hits in just three innings of work, striking out four and surrendering a home run. Ben Ancheff (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his Barnstormers debut, allowing two runs on two hits in one inning pitched, walking one and hitting a batter.
Lancaster took the early 1-0 lead against Spann in the home half of the first inning on a two out solo home run to right field of the bat of K.C. Hobson, his third roundtripper of the series. Bridgeport answered right back in the top of the second against Fujie as Angelys Nina launched a game tying solo blast onto the berm in left centerfield for his second big fly in as many nights. The ‘Fish would take their first lead of the night with a pair of runs against Ancheff in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded, Nina was hit by a pitch, allowing Endy Chavez to cross the plate with the go ahead run. Luis Rodriguez then bounced into a 6-4-3 double play, but in doing so Sean Burroughs came down the line from third to make it 3-1 in favor of the visitors. Bridgeport would respond once again in the top of the sixth with three more runs on four hits to extend the lead to 6-1 and would never look back.
After a Mike Jacobs sacrifice fly cut the deficit to 6-2, the Bluefish countered by sending eight men to the plate in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs on five hits to take their largest lead of the night 10-2. Jose Gil got the scoring started with an opposite field two-run double to right center, plating Chavez and Welington Dotel. Nina followed with an RBI base knock of his own, driving home Burroughs for his fourth run batted in of the night. Pinch-hitter Luis Nunez completed the rally with an RBI groundout that scored Gil, and the rout was on. The dynamic duo of Burroughs and Dotel, who finished the 2015 season first and second in the race for the batting title, combined to go 8-9 on the evening with six runs scored. Dotel led the way for Bridgeport with five hits, the second player on the campaign with a five hit ballgame with the first being Luis Hernandez, who accomplished the same feat on June 29th in a 4-2 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers also at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Photo provided courtesy of Joe Doll.
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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