Riordan Sharp En Route To The Victory, Carpenter Shuts The Door Again
(Bridgewater, NJ– May 28, 2017) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (20-17) defeated the Somerset Patriots (23-14) 4-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon to snap a season-high three-game losing streak and get back to within three games of First Place in the First Half of the Liberty Division Standings. The Bluefish collect their first victory in the four-game Memorial Day Weekend wraparound series and improve to 4-3 in games decided by one-run.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Cory Riordan (2-2) earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings on the mound, striking out five and not walking a batter. The right-hander notches his team-best fifth quality start in seven appearances overall. Somerset Starting Pitcher David Kubiak (2-4) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs on seven hits in five innings of work, striking out three and not issuing a free pass.
Bridgeport took the early lead on Kubiak in the top half of the second inning, sending seven batters to the plate, scoring three runs on four hits. Jose Cuevas concluded a stretch of four consecutive base knocks to begin the frame with a two-run single that plated Jose Gil and Tony Abreu to make it 2-0 in favor of the ‘Fish. A run-scoring groundout by Ozney Guillen allowed Jonathan Galvez to cross the plate and give the visitors a 3-0 advantage. Bridgeport would add an insurance run for a 4-0 cushion in the top of the fifth on an RBI base hit from Gil that scored Sean Burroughs, after he began the two-out rally with a single and a stolen base. Somerset got to within 4-3 in the home half of the seventh on an opposite field three-run home run to right by Jerry Sands off Riordan, and with one big swing of the bat the Patriots were right back in the ballgame. The Bluefish bullpen did the rest, as Zac Grotz struck out Olmo Rosario with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth and then induced Sands to ground out to shortstop Luis Hernandez to preserve the lead. In the bottom of the ninth with the tying-run at second and the winning run at first, David Carpenter closed the game out by getting Alfredo Rodriguez to foul out to Burroughs at first base, giving the ‘Fish a hard-fought victory as Carpenter earned his Atlantic League leading 13th save of the season. Galvez led the way for the Bluefish with his second three-hit output in as many games against Somerset.
Bridgeport returns to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Tuesday, May 30th, when they welcome in their Nutmeg State rival New Britain Bees for a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. Come enjoy dinner and a ballgame on Kids Eat Cheap Tuesday! Children 12 and under can get a hot dog, chips, and a fountain soda for just $2! CLICK HERE for tickets.
About the Bridgeport Bluefish
The Bridgeport Bluefish are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. For further information, call 203-210-BLUE (2583) or visit BridgeportBluefish.com
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 35 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population. For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.