Luis Hernandez Registers Multi-Hit Game Number 39 In Defeat
(Lancaster, PA– August 28, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (25-24, 55-64) were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers (20-28, 55-63) 4-3 at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take the rubber game of the three-game weekend series in the Keystone State. Bridgeport concludes their six-game road trip with an overall record of 2-4, and remain one-half game behind (tied in the loss column) the Somerset Patriots for First Place in the Second Half of the Liberty Division Standings.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher David Kubiak (6-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing just three runs on three hits in six innings of work, walking and striking out five. The right-hander notched his seventh quality start in 2016 and his sixth in his last seven overall starts as well. Lancaster Starting Pitcher Joe Gardner (1-0) earned the win, giving up two runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four while tossing a wild pitch. Cory Burns pitched a scoreless inning of relief to record his team-leading 22nd save of the season and second in the series.
Bridgeport took the early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first inning against Gardner on an RBI single by Sean Burroughs, plating Luis Hernandez with the game’s first run as the visitors had the advantage just four batters into the ballgame. Lancaster would respond against Kubiak in the home half of the fourth to take their first lead of the afternoon, one they would never relinquish. Mike Jacobs blooped an opposite field run-scoring double just down the line in left, scoring Trayvon Robinson to cut even up the game at one. Kevin Ahrens followed with a two-run single to right field, plating Josh Bell and Jacobs to give the Barnstormers a 3-1 lead , but Ahrens was erased at second trying to stretch the base knock into a double on a terrific throw by Welington Dotel.
The Bluefish got a run back the next half inning on an RBI single by Hernandez that allowed Angelys Nina to cross the plate after he led off the frame with an infield single of his own, cutting the deficit in half at 3-2. Lancaster would get a giant-sized insurance run which proved to be the difference in the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh when Mike McDade launched a solo home run over the short porch in right against reliever Jimmy Patterson as the home team was back up by a pair 4-2. Bridgeport got back to within 4-3 in the top of the eighth on a run-scoring base knock by Jose Cuevas, plating Burroughs after he was on board with an infield single, but that was as close as they would get as Burns shut the door in the ninth to secure the series victory. Hernandez led the way for Bridgeport with three hits. The Bluefish lost today’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.
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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