by David F. Pendrys
BRIDGEPORT, CT- In the first game of a double header Saturday, the Bridgeport Bluefish dispatched the Camden Riversharks but not without some drama.
Bluefish starter Cody Scarpetta left the game with a no decision as the game was tied 2-2. Matt Iannazzo was on the mound when John Alonso broke the tie with a two run home run to make it 4-2. Eric Smith of the Riversharks gave up all 5 Bluefish runs before his exit.
The Bluefish struck first in the bottom of the first. Nick Van Stratten singled. Sean Burroughs walked, but on the play Van Stratten had been trying to steal, so the catcher leapt up and flung the ball into the outfield trying to throw him out even though it was impossible. This moved Van Stratten to third. Wellington Dotel than singled in Van Stratten and moved Burroughs to second. Andres Rodriguez advanced Burroughs to third on a fielder’s choice, but Dotel was caught at second. Alonso than hit into a fielder’s choice as well but Burroughs got home.
In the top of the third the Riversharks got their two runs, when Mike Costanzo singled, and Joel Guzman doubled driving him in. Carlos Guzman advanced him though was out himself. A wild pitch allowed Guzman to score from third.
Andres Rodriguez opened the bottom of the 4th with a double for the Bluefish and Alonso hit the ball deep for his aforementioned home run. James Simmons hit a ball he seemed to expect to go foul but it ended up in the bullpen fair for a ground rule double. After an out, new Bluefish catcher Jobduan Morales hit a single bringing in Simmons for the 5-2 lead. This ended Smith’s day and Rob Bryson came in for Camden.
The Riversharks would hold the Bluefish to no more runs but B-Port had all they needed. Sam Gervacio came in at the top of the 7th to hold the Bridgeport lead after Iannazzo’s good day. However Gervacio walked Dan Hennigan. He got the next batter out himself, but Costanzo doubled. Joel Guzman than singled and the bases were loaded. Carlos Guzman got Hennigan in on a fielder’s choice, but there were two on with two out. Jose Gil walked to load the bases, but Evan Crawford flew out to end the game.
Editor’s Note: I go to Bluefish games as a fan but try to write an unbiased report following.