September 16, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Bridgeport Bluefish
(Bridgeport, Conn. - Sept. 16, 2012) - The Bridgeport Bluefish (32-31, 63-70) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (33-31, 62-72) by a score of 3-2 on Sunday at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Bridgeport now trails the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs by one-and-a-half games in the Second Half Liberty Division standings.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Bluefish plated three runs in the frame to take the lead for good on Sunday afternoon. The rally began with two outs, when Kennard Jones reached base on a single. Luis Figueroa followed with a single of his own and Brad Boyer collected on an infield hit to load the bases. Angel Flores then stepped to the plate and drew a walk to make the score 2-1. With the bases still loaded Joey Gathright recorded the biggest hit of the day when he pulled the ball past the second baseman into the outfield to score both Figueroa and Boyer to take a one-run lead.
Gathright, Jones, Figueroa and Eddie Rogers all collected two hits for the 'Fish on the day. Sugar Land outfielder Bubba Bell recorded two hits and plated the only two runs for the Skeeters.
Pat Bresnahan (1-0) picked up the win for Bridgeport in relief, throwing one and one-third innings. Rommie Lewis entered the game with one out in the ninth frame and picked up his sixth save of the year after allowing two hits in two-thirds innings pitched. Bluefish starter Jonah Bayliss performed admirably, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and one walk, while striking out five in seven innings of work. Jeff Farnsworth (2-5) suffered the loss for Sugar Land, allowing two runs without recording an out. Michael Nix started for the Skeeters and went six shutout innings.
Bridgeport is back in action at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Tuesday night against the Lancaster Barnstormers. It's Kids Eat Free Tuesday at the stadium presented by Big Y World Class Market. Any child 12 and under will receive a hot dog, bag of chips and 12 oz. fountain soda. The Bluefish will send righthander Mike Ness (1-0, 3.86 ERA) to the hill against Lancaster righthanded starter Alan Johnson (14-5, 4.77 ERA). Tickets for the series 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, the game can be found on bridgeportbluefish.com. The voice of the Bridgeport Bluefish, Perry Miles, will have the call of the action. The pre-game show will begin twenty minutes before 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.