Burroughs Drives Home A Pair In Opening Game Victory
(Bridgeport, CT– June 2, 2017) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (24-19) split a single-admission doubleheader with the Long Island Ducks (20-22) to kick off a four-game weekend series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, with the Bluefish winning the opening game 5-2 and the Ducks taking the nightcap 6-0 as both game lasting seven innings of play.
In Game One, Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Cory Riordan (3-2) picked up the win, allowing just two runs (one earned run) on four hits in six innings pitched, striking out five. Long Island Starting Pitcher Tim Melville (2-4) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned runs) on six hits, walking three and striking out five while throwing two wild pitches.
Bridgeport took a 2-0 leading off Melville in the home half of the second inning on an RBI single by Jose Cuevas that plated Jonathan Galvez with the game’s first run after he reached base with a one-out walk. The ‘Fish added a second run after Daniel Fields hustled down the line from third base and scored on a passed ball charged to Ducks catcher Alex Burg. After the Ducks tied the game at two in the top of the third, Bridgeport answered right back in the bottom of the frame to take a 5-2 advantage on a two-run double to right off the bat of Sean Burroughs and a run-scoring base knock from Tony Abreu. David Carpenter shut the door in the top of the seventh for his Atlantic League best 16th save on the campaign. Burroughs, Abreu, Fields, Cuevas D’Arby Myers, and Jose Gil each had one of the six overall hits for Bridgeport.
In Game Two, Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Rainy Lara (3-2) suffered the loss, giving up five runs (four earned runs) on six hits over five innings of work, striking out two while giving up two home runs. Long Island Starting Pitcher Rafael Perez (3-1) registered the victory with four scoreless innings on two hits allowed, striking out five.
Long Island took a 2-0 edge off Lara in the top half of the third inning on an RBI double by Zach Goldstein and a run scoring single by Lew Ford. The Ducks added three insurance runs in the top of the fifth on back to back home runs by Ford and Angelo Sonco, with Ford taking it the other way to right for a two-run blast and Sonco belting a solo shot to right centerfield. Long Island hit their third home run of the game in the top of the sixth on a solo blast to right centerfield from Elmer Reyes, and that was more than enough for the visitors as a trio of Ducks pitchers combined to shutout their cross-sound rival for the second time this season while Bridgeport is held off the scoreboard for the third time overall in 2017. Myers, Luis Hernandez, and Angelys Nina each had one of just the three hits overall for the ‘Fish.
Bridgeport continues their series with the Long Island Ducks at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Saturday, June 3rd. First pitch is scheduled for 6:12 P.M. Celebrate ‘Fishmas in June with the Bluefish. The first 500 fans will receive a B.B. Garden Gnome. CLICK HERE for tickets.
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