BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Somerset Patriots (12-6) rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning, but their comeback ultimately fell short as the Bridgeport Bluefish (10-8) took Tuesday night’s series-opener 4-2 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Bridgeport got the scoring started in the bottom of the third inning on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Alberto Callaspo. The Bluefish later added three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Daniel Fields two-run double and a Tony Abreu sacrifice fly.
A two-out rally in the ninth, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single from Aharon Eggleston, trimmed the deficit to 4-2. The rally ended there when Bluefish closer David Carpenter (8) entered the game and got Olmo Rosario to pop out to end the ballgame.
Eggleston finished the day 3-4 with a stolen base and two RBI.
“It doesn’t really matter what I do if we do not win,” said Eggleston. “Our pitchers have been great out there, and we need to do a better job of helping them out and getting them more run support. It’s nice to get a couple of hits, but it wasn’t enough tonight.”
Tyler Badamo (1-1) earned the win after he tossed six scoreless innings on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Mitch Atkins (2-2) took the loss, yielding one run over five innings on six hits with six strikeouts. Carpenter earned his eighth save of the year with a scoreless third-of-an-inning.
Somerset continues it’s series against Bridgeport with a single-admission doubleheader on Wednesday. Right-handed pitcher David Kubiak (0-2, 4.90 ERA) starts game one against Bluefish righty Cory Riordan (1-1, 3.50 ERA). Southpaw Aaron Laffey (1-1, 2.64 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots in game two against Bridgeport righty Jonathan Albaladejo (2-0, 2.89 ERA).
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season, which includes the team’s 20th anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.