Bridgeport’s free fall continued when the Bluefish dug themselves a 12-run hole, then rallied—kind of—before eventually dropping a 16-11 Memorial Day decision to the Somerset Patriots before an announced crowd of 2,672 fans at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Monday afternoon. The Bluefish have now lost eight straight games, and nine of their last 10.
The Patriots jumped all over Bluefish starter Hunter Jones with three unearned runs, compliments of a two-out three-run blast by centerfielder Luis Montanez. After the home team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the opening frame, the visitors blew the game wide open with 11 unanswered runs over the next three innings, building a margin that inevitably proved too much for the ‘Fish to overcome.
Late comers were likely confused, as the Bluefish dominated the game after the fourth inning, outscoring the Pats 9-1 in the last five frames. The only problem is that Bridgeport was down by 13 runs—15-2—when they attempted their improbable comeback.
Make no mistake: This one was an old-fashioned slugfest with the two teams combining for 38 its to produce 27 runs. The Bluefish were able to collect 18 hits, led by Austin Krum (3-for-6), Daniel Mayora (3-for-6) and Prentice Redman (3-for-6). Luis Lopez, Matt Spencer, Alexis Gomez and Iggy Suarez added two hits apiece for the ‘Fish.
Somerset starter David Harden went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and improving to a perfect 5-0 on the season. Jake Fox showed why he leads the Atlantic League in home runs, blasting two three-run dingers for the Pats. Teammate Luis Montanez added a three-run shot for Somerset.
Jones was hammered, lasting just three innings and giving up 12 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits—including all three home runs hit by the Patriots. He fell to 1-3 on the season.
With the loss, the Bluefish fall to 13-23, but are still just 3.5 games behind first-place Southern Maryland in the Liberty Division race, where all teams are currently south of the .500 mark. Somerset improves to 24-10. The Patriots are currently in second place in the Freedom Division, 3.5 games behind the league-leading Sugar Land (Tex.) Skeeters.
Next up for the Bluefish will be the the 19-19 York Revolution on Tuesday evening, weather permitting. It will be the first of a scheduled three-game homestand. All Bluefish home games are broadcast on WGCH, 1490 AM. For fans outside the WGCH listening area, the game can be heard by clicking HERE.