Luis Hernandez Picks Up Team-Leading Multi-Hit Game Number 41
(Lancaster, PA– September 9, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (32-29, 62-69) defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers (26-35, 60-70) 9-6 at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Friday evening to take the opener of the three-game weekend series in the Keystone State. Bridgeport improves to 4-1 on their current seven-game, two state road trip and remain three games behind the Somerset Patriots for First Place in the Second Half of the Liberty Division Standings.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Chris Rearick (5-4) earned the win with five and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, walking two and striking out five. Lancaster Starting Pitcher Joey Maher (1-4) was tagged with the loss, lasting five plus innings, surrendering six runs (five earned runs) on eight hits, walking and striking out four while tossing a wild pitch. Sam Gervacio pitched a clean inning of relief, striking out one to notch his third save of the season.
Bridgeport took an early 2-0 lead against Maher in the top of the second inning on back to back run scoring doubles from Angelys Nina and Luis Hernandez as the visitors were in front after an inning and a half. The ‘Fish made it 3-0 in their favor in the top of the fifth when Jose Gil drove home Endy Chavez with a sacrifice fly. Just one frame later, Bridgeport appeared to blow the game wide open by batting around and collecting five runs to take a commanding 8-0 advantage. Nina was at it once again as he produced his second RBI double and Hernandez and Chavez kept the rally going with run scoring base knocks and it seemed like it was going to be a rather relaxing night at the ballpark for the Bluefish.
Lancaster looked to mount an epic comeback in the home half of the seventh inning sending 11 hitters to the plate and scoring six times in the process to get to within 8-6. The big at bat in the resurgence of the home team was an opposite field three run home run by Josh Bell over the short porch in right, completing the six run outburst. Bell launched his 18th roundtripper of the campaign and the right handed hitting slugger now has 81 runs batted in on the season, third most in the Atlantic League. The Barnstormers had the tying run at first and the go ahead run at the plate in Blake Gailen, but John Church came out of the bullpen to retire Gailen to preserve the lead. Church would then strike out the side in the eighth to retire all four batters he faced. Gervacio struck out Bell to end the ballgame as the Bluefish held on for the win. Hernandez led the way for Bridgeport with three hits, giving him a team-best 41 multi-hit games on the season. Photo provided courtesy of Dave Csordas.
The Bluefish return home on Tuesday, September 13th to kick off their final regular season homestand when they welcome in the Somerset Patriots to the Ballpark at Harbor Yard for a day/night doubleheader. First pitch for the School Day game is scheduled for 10:35 A.M., with the nightcap set to begin at 7:12 P.M., which will be a $2 Tuesday, where hot dogs will be just $2 plus there will be another $2 special at the concession stands. CLICK HERE for tickets.
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