BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bridgeport Bluefish defeated the Newark Bears 7-5 on Wednesday night in the series finale at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
For the third game in the series, Bridgeport took an early advantage. In the home second, Luis Rodriguez brought in a pair after a walk and a single started the frame and quickly it was 2-0 Bluefish. Three batters later with Rodriguez on third, Steve Moss brought him in with a RBI single to give Bridgeport a three-run advantage.
The Bluefish added another run in the fourth off Bears’ starter Paul Fagan. After a Hiram Boccachica leadoff walk, Willy Mo Pena ripped a two-out double to left-center to bring him across and the hosts were up big, 4-0.
Starter Pat Ryan held the Newark bats in check through the first four frames, scattering three hits, while striking out seven. The Bears reached Ryan in the visitor’s fifth and used the long ball to cut into the lead. With Carl Everett aboard, Manny Mejia blasted a two-run shot to the right of the batter’s eye in center and Newark trailed 4-2.
Moss helped the ‘Fish extend their lead in the home sixth as he reached on a one-out single. Pena then started a string of three-straight two-out singles, including RBI singles by Josh Phelps and Luis Lopez, to put the hosts up 6-2. The Bears responded in the seventh as James Cooper brought home a pair on a single to center to pull within two runs at 6-4. Moss again came through in the home half inning as he ripped a RBI triple to bring home Boccachica and push the lead back to three runs. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Everett brought in Newark’s final run on a sacrifice fly and the Bears drew no closer.
Ryan (5-1) secured the win, tossing five and two-third innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, with six walks and 10 strikeouts. Fagan (3-7) took the loss, surrendering six runs on 10 hits, with six walks and five strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Bears begin their final series on the first half as they travel to Central Islip to take on the Long Island Ducks on Thursday night. Game time is set for 7:05 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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