Luis Rodriguez Launches Second Home Run Of Season In Defeat
(Lancaster, PA– September 11, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (32-31, 62-71) were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers (27-35, 62-70) 8-6 at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of the three game weekend series in the Keystone State. Bridgeport concludes their 70 game regular season road schedule in 2016 with an overall record of 32-38 and conclude their seven game, two state road trip at 4-3.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Matthew Spann collected a no-decision in the ballgame, allowing three runs on two hits in just two innings pitched, walking six and striking out one. Lancaster Starting Pitcher Justin Jackson also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, pitching five innings, giving up four runs (one earned run) on four hits, walking three and striking out two. Stephen Shackleford (1-0) earned the win in relief not giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning of work and four batters faced. John Church (1-2) was tagged with the loss, surrendering a run on three hits in one inning out of the bullpen, striking out two. Cory Burns shut the door in the ninth for his team-leading 28th save and second in as many games against the Bluefish.
Lancaster batted around in the home half of the second inning against Spann to take an early 3-0 lead registering just one hit as the southpaw walked five batters in the process, with two coming with the bases loaded that plated a pair of runs. Bridgeport answered with four unanswered runs to take their first lead of the day at 4-3, highlighted by an opposite field go-ahead RBI triple off the bat of Anthony Giansanti, plating Geraldo Valentin. Trailing 5-4, Luis Rodriguez got the ‘Fish even once again at five with his second home run of the season, a solo blast to right field over the short porch into the picnic area.
In a game that saw a combined total of seven ties and lead changes, Bridgeport once again came back in the seventh to tie the game up at six on a two-out, run-scoring infield single by Geraldo Valentin, scoring Endy Chavez after he reached base on an error by shortstop Dean Wilson to open the frame, Wilson’s second miscue of the contest. The clutch hit for Valentin was his first in 12 at bats in the series. Lancaster would get the last laugh scoring a run in the seventh to take the lead for good and added one for insurance in the eighth as they were able to take the series with a come-from behind victory. Rodriguez led the way for Bridgeport with a pair of 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 Bert Hindman.
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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