Lara Victorious In Opener, Three Hits Each For Dotel And Nina In The Nightcap
(Bridgeport, CT– August 9, 2017) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (17-16, 58-45) and Lancaster Barnstormers (21-12, 59-43) spilt a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, with Bridgeport winning game one 7-1 in seven innings of play, and Lancaster coming away with the victory in game two 7-6.
In game one, Bridgeport starting pitcher Rainy Lara (8-6) earned the win, giving up just one run on three hits in five innings of work, walking two and striking out five. The 2017 Liberty Division All-Star notches his first victory since July 1st, a 7-5 win in seven innings versus the New Britain Bees in the Hardware City. Lancaster starting pitcher John Kuchno (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs (one earned run) on two hits across four innings pitched, walking three and striking out two.
Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead against Kuchno in the bottom half of the second inning when Angelys Nina plated Sean Burroughs and Jonathan Galvez with a well-struck two-run double to straightaway centerfield. Leading 2-1, the ‘Fish went ahead 6-1 with four insurance runs in the home half of the fifth, highlighted by a three-run home run to left field off the bat of Galvez, who now leads the ballclub in roundtrippers with 13 and Runs Batted in driving home 57. A two-out run-scoring infield single by Welington Dotel allowed Ozney Guillen to cross the plate after he reached with a leadoff two-base hit to begin the frame, giving the contest its final score of 7-1. Dotel led the way for the Bluefish with a pair of hits.
In Game Two, Bridgeport starting pitcher Manny Parra (1-1) was tagged with the loss, surrendering six runs on eight hits in four and two-thirds innings pitched, walking four and striking out seven while also throwing a pair of wild pitches. Lancaster starting pitcher Brad Bergesen (9-6) picked up the win, giving up five runs (four earned runs) on seven hits (one home run) over five and one-third innings on the mound, striking out two. Anthony Carter closed out the game in the bottom half of the ninth to notch his team-leading 25th save of the season.
Trailing 7-3, the ‘Fish got to within 7-6 with a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth on an RBI single by Sean Burroughs and a run-scoring groundout from Jonathan Galvez, followed by a two-base hit off the bat of Welington Dotel in the bottom of the seventh that allowed Angelys Nina to cross the plate after he picked up a base knock to begin the frame. Bridgeport threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but could not bring the tying-run home from second base as Abreu was retired by Carter to give the Barnstormers the one-run victory. Dotel and Nina had three hits each in the losing effort.
Bridgeport now welcomes in the Sugar Land Skeeters to the Ballpark at Harbor Yard for a four-game series beginning on Thursday, August 10th. First pitch is scheduled for 11:12 A.M. CLICK HERE for tickets.
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