Dotel Blasts Home Run En Route To The Victory
(Central Islip, NY– September 8, 2017) – The Bridgeport Bluefish (31-31, 72-60) defeated the Long Island Ducks (35-26, 71-60) 6-5 at Bethpage Ballpark on Friday evening to take the opener of a three-game weekend series in the Empire State. The Bluefish improve to 6-2 in the month of September, and are now tied with the Lancaster Barnstormers for the best overall record in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Bridgeport starting pitcher Ross Seaton tallied a no decision in the contest, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings of work, walking three and striking out six. Long Island starting pitcher Jake Fisher also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, giving up three runs on seven hits (one home run) over six innings pitched in his Atlantic League debut, walking two while striking out three.
Bridgeport took a 2-0 lead versus Fisher in the top half of the third inning on a two-run home run off the bat of Welington Dotel to straightaway centerfield, his fourth rondtripper of the campaign. Long Island answered back against Seaton with a pair of runs in the home half of the fourth to get even on a two-run double from Elmer Reyes and took a 4-2 advantage in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI two-base hit by Delta Cleary, Jr. and a run-scoring base knock from Angelo Songco. The ‘Fish cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the sixth when Angelys Nina plated Jonathan Galvez with an RBI single after Galvez opened up the frame with a walk. Bridgeport put up a crooked number in the top of the eighth as they batted around and scored three runs on four hits to jump ahead 6-4. Galvez was in the middle of the action once again as he began the rally with a leadoff single off losing pitcher James Jones (0-1). Andrew Lambo followed Galvez with a single of his own and Bridgeport was in business against the Flock bullpen. With the bases loaded, Nina tied the game at four on a sacrifice fly, and Ozney Guillen followed with a go-ahead RBI single over the third base bag to put the visitors back in front 5-4. The Bluefish added what proved to be a giant-sized insurance run when 2017 Liberty Division All-Star Luis Hernandez drove in Gustavo Molina with a single which put the boys from the Park City ahead 6-4. Manny Delcarmen gave up a two-out solo home run to Marc Krauss with two down in the bottom of the ninth to make it 6-5, but the right-hander struck out the next man he faced in Angelo Songco swinging to secure his seventh save of the season and make a winning pitcher out of fellow reliever Drake Britton (4-1). Hernandez, Dotel, Galvez, and Nina each had a pair of hits for the Bluefish, who collected their 28th come-from behind win in 2017. Photo provided courtesy of Joe Doll.
Bridgeport returns to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Friday, September 15th when they welcome in the 2017 First Half Liberty Division Champion Somerset Patriots for a three-game season-ending weekend series. Come support the fight against Breast Cancer as part of Pink in the Park presented by the Cancer Coach Foundation. The first 500 fans in attendance on the last Freebie Friday will receive our commemorative 20th Anniversary Logo Pin! CLICK HERE for tickets.
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