Crabs Scuttle by 'FishMay 21, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) Bridgeport Bluefish
Both teams were scoreless until Southern Maryland got on the board in the fifth inning. The first run scored courtesy of a sacrifice fly to right, with the bases loaded, from Paco Figueroa.
The Blue Crabs added two more runs in the sixth. David Espinosa tripled to rightcenter lead off the frame. Later in the inning, with runners at the corners and one out, Matt Padgett doubled to right to push Espinosa to the plate and establish runners at second and third. A sacrifice fly to right by Richard Mercado increase the Blue Crabs lead to three.
Bridgeport would respond in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs, Kennard Jones ripped a bases clearing double down the leftfield line to tie the game at three and then gave Bridgeport a one run lead when he came to the plate on a Prentice Redman double to left.
Southern Maryland stormed right back in the eighth by scoring three times. Javier Colina doubled and was sent home on a Brian Barton triple. The Blue Crabs runner scored on a throwing error to give the road squad the lead for good. After Padgett reached base on a single to leftcenter, and a second out had been recorded, Padgett came to the plate on a triple to right.
The winning team added a couple of more runs in the ninth. With a runner at second, a sacrifice bunt was successful; but a throwing error by Luis Lopez allowed Richard Giannotti to get home. Once Figueroa was on-base, he stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Figueroa scored the final run of the night on a sacrifice fly to left by Colina.
Bridgeport starter, Raymar Diaz, tossed five-and-two-thirds innings of three-run, five hit, two walk and seven strikeout baseball; but the righthander did not factor in the decision. Jonah Bayliss (1-1) took the loss as the righthanded reliever surrendered three runs and four hits while striking out a batter. Jorge Julio gave up two runs (none earned) on a hit and a strikeout to finish the night.
Southern Maryland hurler, Nick green, completed six-and-two-thirds innings. The righthanded starter allowed two runs, four hits, and four walks while Bridgeport struck out twice. Four relievers including winning pitcher, Rayner Oliveros (1-1), were able to work the final two-and-a-third frames. The Bluefish produced two runs, two hits, and two walks while fanning once against the tandem of bullpen throwers.
Bridgeport continues a three-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with the gates opening one hour before first pitch. Kids Eat free Tuesday is presented by Big Y World Class Market. Individual tickets are available at the Box Office, online at www.bridgeportbluefish.com, or by calling (203) 345-4800.
For those unable to make it to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bluefish fans are able to listen to the game on bridgeportbluefish.com. The voice of the Bridgeport Bluefish, Perry Miles, will have the call of the action. The pre-game show airs twenty minutes before each first pitch.
The Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball Club, a charter team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, plays its home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, located off Exit 27 of I-95 on the corner of Broad Street and South Frontage Road in Bridgeport. 2012 group outings and individual tickets are available by calling 203-345-4800. Visit the Bluefish online at www.bridgeportbluefish.com.
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