BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Bridgeport Bluefish (9-16) scored five unanswered runs to win 7-5 against the Somerset Patriots (17-9) in seven innings in game one of the day-night doubleheader from Harbor Yard.
Six of the seven Bluefish runs occurred with two outs. During the season-long four game-losing streak, the Patriots have committed seven errors, two of which were committed in a costly fifth inning today.
“In the beginning of the year everything was going right and we were clicking on all cylinders. I was just sitting on the railing with my staff and now realizing that nothing is really going right,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie, whose team is 4-9 since the record setting 13-0 start.
“Other teams are capitalizing heavily on our mistakes and this is a great league and that’s what happens.”
The Bluefish scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning and broke the 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a pair of runs.
“There’s not a lack of effort,” remarked Jodie. “We are paying attention and people are trying. I won’t call a team meeting, but I will have individual meetings to help certain people correct mistakes so we can get back on the right track.”
The Patriots scored a run in each of the first three innings. Bryan LaHair recorded an RBI sacrifice fly, Vinny Zarrillo hit an RBI single and Eggleston drilled a home run (3). The Patriots were facing 36 year-old Dan Johnson, who spent 10 years in Major League Baseball as a position player, but is reinventing himself in the Atlantic League as a knuckle ball hurler.
Bridgeport received solo home runs by Jose Cueves (3) and Josh Vitters (2). Somerset was holding on to a 3-2 lead after four innings.
The Patriots scored a pair of runs to extend their lead to 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning. Scott Kelly and Eggleston converted a double steal. Each would cross home in the same sequence on catcher Connor David’s throwing error. The Patriots tallied a season-high five steals.
Things unraveled the next couple of innings. With two outs and men on the corners in the bottom of the fifth inning, Scott McGregor would balk in a run to cut the deficit to 5-3 for Bridgeport. On the next two plays both Darwin Perez and Kelly would commit fielding errors allowing a pair of runs to even the score at 5-5.
In the next half inning, Somerset came away empty in a bases loaded with no outs situation. Bridgeport bottled up that momentum to plate two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 7-5 which would be the final. Luis Nunez notched an RBI double and Luis Hernandez roped an RBI single.
Taylor Thompson (3-0) earned the win out of the bullpen, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings. McGregor (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing a season-high seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work.