BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bridgeport Bluefish defeated the Newark Bears 13-1 on Monday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The Bluefish sent 12 batters to the plate in the first against Bears’ starter Kelvin Villa. Hiram Bocachica led off with a single and Steve Moss followed with a two-run shot out to left field and it was 2-0 early. A single, a double and an RBI fielder’s choice coupled with an error on catcher Manny Mejia brought home another run for the hosts. After a walk and an error loaded the bases with two outs, Bocachica cleared the bases with a three-run double to right and Bridgeport held a seven-run advantage.
Newark cracked the scoreboard in the third off Matt Pike. Back to back doubles by Victor Rodriguez and Shawn Williams made it a 7-1 ball game. Bridgeport, though, continued to put on the runs as Charlton Jimerson drove in a pair in the home third with a single to put the lead at eight runs. The Bluefish added three more runs in the home fourth on a solo shot by Josh Phelps, a Tim Johnson RBI groundout and a Bocachica RBI single to make it 12-1. Colin Roberson added a solo shot in the eighth for the game’s final run.
Pike (7-2) fired eight innings, scattering nine hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Villa (0-2) suffered the defeat, allowing 12 runs, five earned, on 10 hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts. Chris Vasami worked three scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts.
The Bears and Bluefish continue their series on Tuesday. The teams will play a pair of seven-inning games, with game two beginning approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. Game time is set for 6:05 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play.
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