(Bridgeport, CT) - The Bridgeport Bluefish (7-5, 48-34) defeated the Somerset Patriots (5-6, 47-34) 9-6 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Tuesday afternoon before a crowd of 4,208 fans in the Park City. The matinee affair saw a total of four ties and five lead changes overall while lasting three hours and thirty-two minutes.
Bridgeport starting pitcher Mike Aquilino tallied a no-decision in his professional baseball debut, allowing two runs (one earned run) on five hits across five innings on the mound, walking three and striking out one. Somerset starting pitcher Connor Root also did not factor in the game's final outcome, surrendering four runs on seven hits in just four innings of work, walking three and striking out one while hitting a batter.
With the game tied at four in the bottom half of the sixth inning, the 'Fish took a 6-4 advantage on a sacrifice fly from Luis Hernandez with the bases loaded and one away that scored Tony Abreu and a two-out RBI base knock off the bat of Jose Cuevas that allowed Angelys Nina to cross the plate. Somerset tied the game at six in the top of the seventh on back-to-back run-scoring singles from Zach Racusin and Aharon Eggleston. Bridgeport went ahead for good 9-6 in the bottom of the eighth versus Somerset reliever and losing pitcher Dustin Molleken (0-1) with three runs in the frame, highlighted by a go-ahead opposite field RBI single to left by Andrew Lambo that scored Hernandez after he began the rally with a leadoff walk. Gustavo Molina gave the Bluefish some much needed insurance when he drove in Lambo with a two-out base hit, and after Racusin booted the baseball in centerfield, Daniel Fields hustled all the way home from first base with the third run of the inning on the second error committed by the visitors in the ballgame and their third miscue of the series. The beneficiary of the late-inning rally was winning pitcher Manny Delcarmen (2-1) who retired all three batters he faced out of the bullpen, striking out one in the process. 2017 Liberty Division All-Star David Carpenter shut the door in the top half of the ninth inning for his Atlantic League leading 29th save of the season as the 'Fish notched their 17th come-from-behind win on the campaign while racking up 13 hits, the 37th time in 82 games played in which they have registered ten or more hits in a single contest. Abreu led the offensive attack with three hits, his 16th multi-hit game of the season and seventh overall of the three-hit variety. Photo provided courtesy of Kenneth Arrington.
Bridgeport concludes their series with the Somerset Patriots at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Wednesday, July 19th. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. Come show your support for our first responders on a Wednesday Friendsday and First Responders Appreciation Night.
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