Bridgeport takes on Somerset
(Bridgewater, NJ- June 6, 2017) - The Bridgeport Bluefish (26-20) defeated the Somerset Patriots (27-18) 5-3 in ten innings at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday evening to take the opener of the three-game midweek series in the Garden State. Bridgeport is now within a game and a half of Somerset for First Place in the First Half of the Liberty Division Standings.
Bridgeport Starting Pitcher Charles Brewer registered a no-decision, allowing two runs (one earned run) on just three hits in five and two-thirds innings pitched, striking out three. Somerset Starting Pitcher Mitch Atkins also did not factor in the game's final outcome, giving up three runs on eight hits in six and two-thirds innings of work, striking out four.
Bridgeport took an immediate 2-0 lead against Atkins just three batters into the ballgame when Jose Cuevas drove home Luis Hernandez and D'Arby Myers with a two-run double into the left field corner after Hernandez and Myers reached with back to back base knocks. The 'Fish would add an insurance run in the top of the third inning for a 3-0 cushion on a sacrifice fly by Jose Gil that plated Myers after he singled with one man out. Somerset would get a pair of runs back against Brewer in the home half of the fourth on an RBI single by Aharon Eggleston and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mark Minicozzi as the home team shaved the deficit to 3-2.
The Patriots would even the score at three in the bottom of the eighth on a one-out, solo home run to left field by Greg Golson off Bridgeport reliever Manny Delcarmen. In the top half of the tenth inning, Gil was at it again, as he would give the visitors the lead for good at 5-3 with a two-run double to left centerfield on the eight pitch of the at bat against losing pitcher Kyler Newby (1-2) that scored Hernandez and Myers after the each singled to begin the rally. Gil's double extended his hitting streak to a season-high seven consecutive games, which is also the longest active streak on the ballclub. The two runs were all to the benefit of winning pitcher Danny Burawa (2-1), and David Carpenter shut the door in the bottom of the tenth for his Atlantic League leading 17th save of the season. Myers, Cuevas, and Daniel Fields led the way with three hits apiece, as the Bluefish collected ten or more hits in a single contest for the 19th time this season.
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