The red-hot Bridgeport Bluefish, fresh off a three-game sweep of the archrival New York Ducks on Long Island, took their roadshow to Lancaster, Pa., last night where the Barnstormers became Bridgeport's latest victim, 4-0, before 3,817 fans at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Thursday night.
The 'Fish opened the game with a two-run rally in the top of the first, and never relinquished the lead. With two outs, Bridgeport first baseman Luis Lopez drove home James Simmons and Prentice Redman, and the Bluefish never looked back. Three innings later, Bridgeport upped it's lead to 3-0 when outfielder Fred Lewis, acquired from the Barnstormers before the game for a player to be named later, paid immediate dividends when he banged out a solo shot in the top of the fourth. It was the seven-year major league veteran's first at-bat with the 'Fish. Lewis entered the game replacing Casper Wells in left field in the bottom of the third. Bridgeport closed out the scoring the following inning when center fielder James Simmons drove home second baseman Juan Martinez with a single.
Bridgeport starter D.J. Mitchell had a brilliant effort in earning his sixth victory for the Bluefish. Mitchell (6-6) tossed eight scoreless innings and allowed just six hits and one walk while striking out six batters. Tim Gustafson tossed a scoreless ninth for the 'Fish. Lancaster starter Chris Schwinden (9-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in seven pitched. The Bluefish, winners of five straight, improved to 10-5 in the second half, and are in first place in the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League, two games ahead of first-half champ Somerset.
Tonight the Bluefish continue their series in Lancaster with game two. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m., and the game can be heard by searching for Newsradio 1390 WLAN on iHeart radio, or by clicking HERE. The 'Fish will return home to The Ballpark at Harbor Yard where they will commence on a four-game series with the Ducks on Sunday, July 27, with a day-night, two-admission doubleheader. First pitch for the afternoon game is at 1:05 p.m., while the nightcap is slated for 6:05 p.m. For tickets, call (203) 210-BLUE, or click HERE.