Dotel And Molina Each Go Yard In Twin-Bill
(New Britain, CT– August 20, 2017) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (21-23, 62-52) and New Britain Bees (18-24, 44-68) split a single admission doubleheader at New Britain Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with Bridgeport coming away with the victory in game one 5-2, while New Britain was able to take the nightcap 2-1 as both contests lasted seven innings of play. The Liberty Division and in-state rivals were required to play their second twin-bill in as many days as a result of the first game of the weekend series having to be postponed on Friday evening due to rain.
In Game One, Bridgeport starting pitcher Manny Parra (2-2) picked up the win, giving up just two runs on six hits across six innings of work, walking two and striking out five, notching his first quality start of 2017 in the process. New Britain starting pitcher Nate Roe (5-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned runs) on nine hits (one home run) in just three innings pitched, walking two and striking out three. Manny Delcarmen struck out two batters in a clean bottom of the seventh inning out of the bullpen to collect his third save of the season.
Bridgeport went to work right away against Roe as Welington Dotel blasted a leadoff solo home run over the batter’s eye in straightaway centerfield on the first pitch of the ballgame thrown by the right hander. Dotel has been penciled into the number one spot in the batting order twice on the campaign by Bluefish manager Luis Rodriguez, and each time he has tallied a big fly in his opening turn at the plate. The rest of the game belonged to Parra, as he finished his night retiring 11 of the final 13 batters he faced. Jose Cuevas led the way for the visitors offensively with three hits.
In Game Two, Bridgeport starting pitcher Matt Quintana (0-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering two runs on three hits over three innings on the mound, walking three and striking out two. New Britain Starting Pitcher Kyle Simon (9-10) went the distance registering his fourth complete game scattering five hits (one home run) on just one run given up in seven innings tossed, striking out four.
Bridgeport took a 1-0 lead versus Simon when Gustavo Molina cleared the left field wall for a solo home run with one down in the top of the second, but the Bees answered right back in the bottom of the frame against Quintana with two runs of their own to give the game its final score of 2-1 on a throwing error by Quintana on a pickoff attempt at first base with runners at the corners and a run-scoring base knock off the bat of Yusuke Kajimoto. The one-run cushion was enough for Simon, as he finished the game with an impressive run in which he erased 20 of the last 25 hitters that came to the plate. Molina and 2017 Liberty Division All-Star Luis Hernandez each had a pair of hits in the losing effort.
Bridgeport returns to the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Tuesday, August 22nd when they face the New Britain Bees. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. Come enjoy dinner and a ballgame on Kids Eat Cheap Tuesday, as children 12 and under can enjoy a hot dog, chips, and a fountain drink for just $2! CLICK HERE for tickets.
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