The Bridgeport Bluefish laid it all out on Sunday, but in the end, came up just sort as the Lancaster Barnstormers topped the 'Fish, 7-4, before 3,190 fans at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Sunday. Lancaster jumped on the board first when leadoff batter Yusuke Kajimoto worked Bluefish starting pitcher Tomo Ohka for a walk, but was picked off by Ohka. The second batter, Ben Francisco, also drew a walk, but this time Ohka wasn't so fortunate as Andrew Clark delivered a two-out double, driving home Francisco and giving the Barnstormers a 1-0 lead.
The Bluefish countered in the bottom of the third when center fielder James Simmons delivered a two-out double, then was driven home by shortstop Mike Richard knotting the score at one run apiece.
After the 'Fish took a one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth when Joe Mather drove home Ramon Castro, Lancaster came storming back by putting three runs on the board in the top of the seventh stanza. A triple by Clark was the big hit—then Clark came home when Bridgeport right fielder Prentice Redman opted to catch a ball hit by Lancaster's Brock Kjekgaard deep down the line in foul territory resulting in a sacrifice fly, rather than letting it fall for a foul ball.
Ohka took a no decision after throwing six strong innings: just one earned run on six hits, four walks and three strikeouts. Bridgeport reliever Scott Maine (2-3) was tagged for the loss after giving up three runs in one-third of an inning.
Lancaster starter Brandon Mann also got a no-decision after throwing 3.2 innings and allowing one earned run on just two hits but four walks and two strikeouts. Lancaster reliever Pete Andrelczyk picked up his first win of the season after dropping his first five decisions. Andrelczyk tossed three and a third innings allowing two hits, one earned run, one walk and three strikeouts. Lancaster’s Jason Urquidez picked up his seventh save of the season.
Bridgeport and Lancaster will play the final game of their three-game series Monday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. But the real news will be an appearance by the immortal Pete Rose, MLB's all-time hits leader, who will be at Harbor Yard as “guest manager.” It will be Rose's first appearance at a professional baseball game since being banned from the game 25 years ago in a betting scandal.
While the normal “Feed Your Face Monday” will be in effect (all-you-can-eat food at the concessions and a seat for $25), no coupons, ticket vouchers or other promotional materials (such as Groupon) will be accepted for this “special event,” nor will ticket exchanges be allowed—even for season ticket holders. To purchase tickets for Monday night's game, please click HERE.
First pitch is slated for 7:05, and for fans unable to attend, the game will be broadcast on WGCH, 1490 AM in Greenwich, or online by clicking HERE.