June 9, 2017 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Bridgeport Bluefish
Riordan Solid Once Again En Route To The Victory, Three More Hits For Gil
(Central Islip, NY- June 9, 2017) - The Bridgeport Bluefish (28-21) defeated the Long Island Ducks (24-24) 5-4 at Bethpage Ballpark on Friday night to take the opener of a three-game weekend series in the Empire State. The Bluefish are now seven games over .500 for the first time in 2017, their high watermark on the campaign.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Cory Riordan (4-2) was victorious, giving up three runs on nine hits in seven innings of work, striking out five. The right hander is now tied with Rainy Lara and Chris Rearick for the team lead in wins, notching his seventh quality start in nine appearances overall, tops on the ballclub.Long Island Starting Pitcher John Brownell (4-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs (four earned runs) on 11 hits over seven innings pitched, striking out three. David Carpenter shut the door in the bottom half of the ninth inning for his 19th save, the most overall in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead against Brownell in the top half of the second on an RBI base knock by Ozney Guillen that plated Sean Burroughs with the game's first run after he began the rally with a single of his own, and a fielding error by Giovanny Alfonzo that allowed Jose Gil to cross the plate. The Bluefish made it 4-0 in their favor in the top of the third on four consecutive hits to begin the frame against Brownell, with the last two coming of the RBI variety from Burroughs and Gil. Leading 4-1, the 'Fish added a huge insurance run in the top of the seventh that turned out to be the game winner on some heads up baserunning by Luis Hernandez. After Hernandez doubled to left with one man out, D'Arby Myers belted a ball to straightaway centerfield that was tracked down by Delta Cleary, Jr. Falling down on the play, Cleary, Jr. tossed the baseball to leftfielder Anthony Vega who fired it back to the infield, and by the time the throw came home to catcher Alex Burg, Hernandez made a head first slide safely into home plate, scoring all the way from second base on the sacrifice fly. After Vega brought home Lyons with a run-scoring single in the home half of the ninth to make it 5-4 Bridgeport, he then stole second base, putting the tying run in scoring position with two-men out and bringing the winning run to the plate in Elmer Reyes. Carpenter denied any thought of a comeback by inducing Reyes to ground out to Hernandez at shortstop, as Bridgeport was able to hang on for the victory to improve to 3-1 on their current six-game road trip. Gil led the way for the Bluefish with three of their 11 total hits.
Bridgeport returns to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Tuesday, June 13th, when they welcome in the Lancaster Barnstormers for a three-game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 P.M. Come and enjoy dinner and a ballgame on Kids Eat Cheap Tuesday. Children 12 and under can get a hot dog, chips, and a fountain drink for just $2! CLICK HERE for tickets.
About the Bridgeport Bluefish
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