Bluefish Sweep Somerset in Doubleheader

(PR) Bridgeport, CT – Jason Monti threw a six-inning complete game allowing just one run but it was not enough as the Bridgeport Bluefish squeaked by the Somerset Patriots 1-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader after winning the opener 6-4 on Saturday evening at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Monti (2-4) delivered his fourth quality start of the season, allowing just three hits over 6.0 innings of work. The lone tally against him came in the 3rd inning when Joe Jiannetti corked the first pitch of the frame into the netting in left field, just as he did against Monti back on April 23. The home run was the only hit against Monti through four frames while the only other baserunner came on a 2nd-inning walk. Monti danced out of trouble in the 5th inning leaving the bases loaded and pitched a shutout 6th to finish out his complete game, the first of his professional career.

A solo home run turned out to be enough as Kevin Mannix gave Bridgeport 5.0 of shutout baseball, only yielding three hits and walking two. Somerset left all five men on base against Mannix (4-3), four in scoring position. Antonio Alfonseca bridged the game to Jorge Julio in the 7th where the Patriots put the tying run on third with one out but could not bring it home after strikeouts to Wayne Lydon and Tim Raines Jr.

In game one, Somerset struck in the 2nd inning with run-scoring doubles from Lydon and David Housel against reliever Jorge Perez. The spot-starter Perez (2-0) came back in the 3rd and saw Matt Hagen double to left and score two batters later on a Willy Mo Pena error at first. But the Patriots would be shut out the next two innings by Perez who finished 5.0 innings, scattering eight hits with four strikeouts. Fellow reliever Casey Cahill took the ball for the Patriots in his first career professional start and breezed through his first three innings on 32 pitches, surrendering a pair of hits and nothing more. But the right-hander allowed a Charlton Jimerson triple, a RBI Pena double, and a run-scoring Colin Roberson single in the 4th, bringing the Bluefish within one. Cahill was done after 4.0 innings, giving way to Brian Henderson. In the 5th, Bridgeport began its charge with infield singles from Luis Rodriguez and Brandon Chaves. Steve Moss walked to load the bases, bringing Jimerson up. The slugger ran the count full but Henderson (1-2) hit him with a pitch to bring home the tying run. Pena stood in next and launched a two-strike delivery just to the right of straightaway center, clearing the bases with a three-run double, putting the Bluefish in front 6-3.

The Patriots loaded the bases in the 6th against Chris Rivera with good station-to-station baseball. A free pass to JR Hopf met with Housel and Lydon singles gave Raines a RBI chance and he would send a seeing-eye single through the right side bringing home pinch-runner Zach Smithlin. But Rivera, sporting a 0.52 ERA coming in, induced a Noah Hall double play, ending the Patriot threat. Julio saved the game in the 7th, throwing a perfect frame to tally a pair of closeouts in the twinbill.

Somerset (27-21) looks for a series split on the road against Bridgeport (21-26) on Sunday afternoon when Jesse Darcy (1-4, 5.19) takes the hill. The righty will be opposed by Matt Pike (5-2, 3.11) when coverage kicks off at 2:00 pm on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: In four quality starts this year, Monti is 1-1. In those games, the Patriots have scored a total of 10 runs…the complete game was the second by a Patriot pitcher this year. Both games have ended in a loss…the Patriots stranded 16 runners in the doubleheader, 10 of which were in scoring position…Housel had three hits for the second consecutive game. The Atlantic League veteran now has a hit in five straight games…the game marked the second time the Patriots have been shutout this year. Both have come in the last seven games (June 6)…Josh Pressley started game two, his first appearance since May 26 and just his second since May 2.

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