A Record Breaking Day For Albaladejo, Chavez Wins Batting Title
(Bridgeport, CT– September 18, 2016) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (36-34, 66-74) defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers (32-38, 67-73) 11-4 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the 2016 Atlantic League of Professional Baseball regular season. The Bluefish close out the campaign with 67 overall wins, the most the club has tallied since winning the same total back in 2012.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo (15-6) earned the win with his team leading 17th quality start, firing six solid innings, allowing just one run on nine hits, striking out ten and not issuing a walk while hitting a batter. The Liberty Division All-Star sets a Bluefish single-season record in wins with 15, surpassing the total of 14 set by Scott Conner in 1999, Brad Cornett in 2002, and Dan Reichert in 2009. The right hander also concludes 2016 with a new Bluefish single-season record in strikeouts with 164, eclipsing the 158 by Al Sontag in 2000 and also sets an Atlantic League of Professional Baseball single-season record with those same 164 punchouts, moving ahead of Lean Picota who had 161 back in 2001 while a member of the Nashua Pride. Lancaster Starting Pitcher Joe Gardner registered a no-decision in five innings of work, giving up one run on four hits, striking out four and not issuing a free pass. Jonny Drozd (0-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering three runs on five hits in one inning of relief.
With the score tied at one in the home half of the sixth inning, Bridgeport took their first lead of the afternoon and never looked back. With one out, Endy Chavez singled, and the lead run was at first base. After a Welington Dotel groudout moved Chavez into scoring position, Sean Burroughs put Bridgeport on top with a run-scoring single, plating Chavez to make it 2-1 in favor of the ‘Fish. Two batters later, Liberty Division All-Star Jose Cuevas gave the boys from the Park City some much needed insurance with a two-run double, scoring Burroughs and Geraldo Valnetin to give Bridgeport a 4-1 cushion. Cuevas collected his 32nd two-base hit while driving home run numbers 64 and 65, both tops on the ballclub. Burroughs would make it 5-1 in favor of the Bluefish in the bottom of the seventh with his second RBI base knock in as many at bats, scoring Jonathan Galvez after he led off the frame with a walk.
After Lancaster cut the deficit to a single run at 5-4 in the top of the eighth, Bridgeport would respond in a big way in the bottom half, sending ten batters to the plate while picking up six runs on seven hits to break the contest wide open and extend the cushion to 11-4. The first seven Bluefish batters would reach base via a hit during the rally, with five singles and two doubles. Five consecutive hits from Galvez, Alex Marquez, Luis Hernandez (double), Chavez, and Dotel (double), would produce all of the runs as the Bluefish sent the fans home with huge smiles on the faces for the final time in 2016. Chavez led the way for Bridgeport with four hits to win the Atlantic League batting title with an overall average of .345. Photo provided courtesy of Dave Csordas and Daniel Saunders. To view more pictures of this ballgame go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/bridgeportbluefish/sets/72157670730354824.
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