Quality Start For Lara In Defeat, Hernandez Extends On-Base Streak
(Bridgeport, CT– August 22, 2017) – The New Britain Bees (19-24, 45-68) defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish (21-24, 62-53) 4-2 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game midweek series in the Park City. Bridgeport was only able to muster five hits in the ballgame for the second consecutive contest against New Britain.
Bridgeport starting pitcher Rainy Lara (9-7) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits (one home run) in six innings pitched, walking three and striking out six. The 2017 Liberty Division All-Star notched his tenth quality start in 2017 despite the defeat, the most amongst active pitchers on the Bluefish staff. New Britain starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone (2-6) earned the win, giving up just two runs on four hits across seven innings on the mound, walking two while striking out six and hitting one batter. Shawn Gilblair shut the door in the bottom half of the ninth inning for his team-leading 14th save overall.
New Britain took a 1-0 lead versus Lara in the top half of the first inning on a two-out solo home run to left centerfield off the bat of former Bluefish Jovan Rosa. The visitors made it 3-0 in their favor in the top of the third on a two-run double with two men away produced by Jamar Walton that plated Rosa and James Skelton. Bridgeport cut the deficit to 3-1 in the home half of the fourth when Jonathan Galvez crossed the plate on an RBI double from Gustavo Molina. The ‘Fish got to within a single run at 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth with Molina in the middle of the action once again, driving home Sean Burroughs with a sacrifice fly after Burroughs led off the frame with a double, as Molina registered his second multi-RBI game of the season. The Bees regained their two-run advantage in the top of the seventh as Michael Baca hustled down the line from third base on a wild pitch thrown by reliever Elvin Ramirez which gave the game its final score of 4-2. Luis Hernandez was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning, extending his on-base streak to 13 consecutive games. Molina led the way for the Bluefish with a pair of hits on the evening. Photo provided courtesy of Kenneth Arrington.
Bridgeport continues their series with the New Britain Bees at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Wednesday, August 23rd. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. Bring your lawyer friends to the ballpark on this Wednesday Friendsday as the first 250 fans in attendance will receive a Pete Rose Bobblehead! CLICK HERE for tickets.
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