Bluefish Blow Up Patriots Bullpen, Win Second Straight

(PR) (Bridgeport, Conn. – April 24, 2010) – After earning the first victory of the season on Friday night, the Bluefish won for the second straight day as they knocked off the Somerset Patriots 6-4 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

The Patriots scored runs in each of the first two innings. In the first inning, Wayne Lydon doubled and then advanced to third on a long fly ball with one out. Jeff Nettles drove home Lydon with a single to make it 1-0. In the second frame, Matt Hagen doubled and moved to third on a Jason Belcher base hit. Iggy Suarez hit into a double play, but Hagen scored allowing the Patriots to lead by two.

Even though the Patriots started out strong, the Bluefish responded in the bottom of the second. Danny Putnam collected a base hit and advanced to third after Luis Rodriguez reached on an error. Colin Roberson, who earned three hits in the contest, provided an RBI single to cut the lead in half. During Joe Jiannetti’s plate appearance, Belcher threw the ball down the right field line attempting to pickoff Roberson; Putnam scored on the errant throw while Rodriguez advanced to third. Bridgeport’s catcher came home on a single by Jiannetti.

Somerset’s offensive attack would not relent. With one out in the third inning, Noah Hall walked. Jeff Nettles followed with a single and Hall advanced to third on an errant throw by Jiannetti. After Pete LaForest recorded a popout, starter Paul Oseguera, delivered a wild pitch which enable the tying run to come across. On an error by Luis Rodriguez, Nettles scampered to third and was knocked home by a Belcher base hit.

Bridgeport came back and would not relinquish the lead in the seventh. With two batters retired, Brandon Chaves walked and Adam Greenberg singled. Once Tike Redman drew a walk, Steven Moss pinch-hit for Tim Johnson and drove a two-run single through the left side. The Bluefish regained the lead.

Colin Roberson added his first homer in the eighth with a blast to right field which gave the Bluefish a two-run cushion.

Paul Oseguera did not earn a decision but pitched six innings and surrendered three earned runs. Matt Thompson also collected a no-decision as he worked five frames and gave up one earned run. Reliever, Chris Rivera (1-0), pitched two shutout innings in earning the, while Casey Cahill (0-1) tossed one and two-thirds innings and took the loss after allowed the go-ahead run to score. Pat Ryan pitched a scoreless ninth to save his first game of 2010.

The Bluefish and Patriots play the finale of their four game series tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. Righthander, Marc Kaiser, will make his Bridgeport debut, and will be opposed by Patriots starter, Jesse Darcy.

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