Bluefish Sweep Doubleheader From Southern Maryland
(Waldorf, MD) - The Bridgeport Bluefish (18-21) took both games of a doubleheader from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (23-17) at Regency Furniture Stadium on Friday night. The 'Fish won the opener 3-1 and took the nightcap 2-1. Bridgeport will seek the sweep in the rain-shortened three-game series tomorrow night.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Mike Antonini (3-3) picked up his first complete game of the season in game number one. Antonini tossed seven innings, allowing just one run (zero earned runs) on four hits, while striking out six and not allowing a walk. Southern Maryland Starting Pitcher Brian Baker (2-3) was tagged with the loss, pitching four and two-thirds innings, surrendering three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out one.
Bridgeport took the early 1-0 lead in the top half of the second inning on an RBI double by James Simmons off Baker, scoring John Alonso who led off the frame with a single. Southern Maryland would respond in the bottom half of the third inning to tie the game at one on an unearned run. The 'Fish took the lead for good answering right back in the top half of the fourth inning scoring two runs to take the lead on an RBI single by Luis Rodriguez, scoring Jobduan Morales, who doubled with one out. Bridgeport would add an insurance run on an RBI groundout by Matt Wessinger, plating James Simmons who was on base after drawing a walk. That was more than enough for Antonini, who needed just 90 pitches (63 strikes) en route to his third victory of the season. Welington Dotel and John Alonso each lead the way with two hits for the 'Fish.
Game number two was a one-run victory for Bridegport, as their bullpen continued to shine from top to bottom. Bluefish Starting Pitcher Matt Iannazzo picked up a no decision, pitching four innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out five. Southern Maryland Starting Pitcher Brian Grening (2-2) suffered the loss, going five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out six.
Trailing 1-0 in the top half of the fourth inning, Bridgeport took the lead 2-1 and never looked back. Jake Luce drew a leadoff walk against Grening. Luce would steal second base and score the tying run on an RBI single by Sean Burroughs. The game-winning RBI came off the bat of James Simmons with two out in the inning as he picked up an infield single with the bases load with 'Fish off Grening, scoring Welington Dotel with the go-ahead run. Sam Gervacio (2-2) was credited with the win out of the bullpen for Bridgeport, and Patrcik Mincey closed things out with his third save of the season. Bridgeport's bullpen was terrific once again, tossing three scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out three. Welington Dotel had two hits in the second game pacing Bridgeport's offensive attack.
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