Granted it’s early in the season, but to date the results have not looked good.
Through Sunday, the Bridgeport Bluefish have struggled to a 4-8 mark, far below expectations. After last year’s journey to the league championship series, Bridgeport fans were hoping for more. Yet, it’s still early.
“Everyone is still getting their legs out underneath them,” said Paul Herrmann, the team’s public relations director. “I wouldn’t say there is too much cause for alarm just yet.”
Good news was on hand when the Fish hosted their first morning game of the year, and celebrated by spanking the York Revolution last Thursday afternoon at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Bluefish won the game 7-2 and looked forward to setting the record straight. But it was not to be.
Against York, Paul Oseguera (2-0) tossed seven-and-two-thirds innings of two run baseball while allowing eight hits and a walk. The Bluefish starter also struck out five Revolution batters to pick up his second win of the season. Will Cunnane replaced the lefthander and did not allow a run across in an inning-and-one-third of work.
Matt DeSalvo (0-1) suffered the loss as the York starter lasted five innings and surrendered six runs on nine hits while striking out three. Celson Polanco allowed a run on three hits and two walks in two innings while Jeremy Lewis threw a scoreless eighth.
York scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff double by Jason Botts, he tagged up and advanced to third on a long fly ball. A one-out single by Vince Harrison gave the Revolution a 1-0 lead.
The Bluefish responded with two in the bottom of the inning. Eric Munson singled and Andres Perez tripled to rightcenter to push Munson home and tie the score.
Luis Rodriguez gave the Bluefish the lead with an RBI single to right.
In the fourth, Bridgeport added two more runs. Luis Lopez singled and advanced to second on a throwing error on an attempted pickoff play. A ground ball to the right side sent Lopez to third before Perez smacked a double to rightcenter to score Lopez. Rodriguez singled to push Perez to the plate to give Bridgeport a 4-1 advantage.
It was Joe Borchard’s turn to join the offense in the fifth. Danny Putnam lined a double to leftcenter. With one out, Borchard sent his second home run of the season over the rightcenter field wall to give the Bluefish a 6-1 lead.
Harrison drove in the only two runs of the ballgame for York; but one of the runs came on a booming solo shot to left in the seventh to cut the Bridgeport lead to four.
A bases loaded walk in the seventh by Perez closed the scoring for both teams.
In the contest, Perez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple, and drove in three. Perez has earned a hit in every game he has picked up at least one official at-bat. Luis Lopez extended the Bluefish season long hitting streak to seven consecutive games with two hits in four plate appearances. Danny Putnam also contributed with three hits on the day.
On Sunday afternoon, Lancaster’s Ben Copeland donned the hero’s mantle with a single flared past shortstop Angel Berroa as the Barnstormers completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Bridgeport Bluefish, 6-5, in 12 innings.
The win gave the Barnstormers a 5-1 record on the current homestand and pushed Lancaster’s division lead to one and one-half games over the York Revolution.
Adam Godwin ignited the Barnstormers offense in the 12th with a one-out bunt single off Miguel Mejia (0-2), Lancaster’s first hit since the eighth inning.
Godwin took second on a wild pitch then waited as both Tommy Everidge and Fernando Seguignol drew full count walks. With no margin for error, Bridgeport manager Willie Upshaw brought his infielders up for a play at the plate, but Copeland punched the ball to Berroa’s right for the winning single.
The Bluefish return home this weekend, hosting Lancaster Friday and Saturday nights at 7:05 p.m. The Fish then play a day game at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard against the Barnstormers at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.
NOTES: Herr’s four-hit game was Lancaster’s first this season … The Barnstormers turned two more double plays, increasing the total to 24 in 14 games … Justin Segal has now worked 14 innings in nine appearances over the first 14 games of the season … McNab has thrown 13 innings … The five walkoff hits have come from five different batters … Gilberto Mejia has hit in seven straight and Seguignol six … The 10-4 start is still tied for the best in club history … The 2006 squad had won six straight to get to that point after splitting the first eight games.