The good news on Friday night for Bridgeport Bluefish fans is that Luis Lopez collected his 818th hit as a member of the 'Fish, making him the franchise's all-time hit leader. The bad news is the Bluefish dropped both ends of a day-night doubleheader, 3-2 and 7-0, to the Camden Riversharks at Campbell’s Field in Camden, NJ.
It didn't take long for Lopez to enter the Bluefish pantheon. After the Riversharks broke out to 2-0 lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, Bridgeport answered right back with two runs in the top of the second.
After Prentice Redmond opened the inning flying out to center field, Lopez, a 40-year-old first baseman now in his sixth year with the 'Fish (and his ninth in the Atlantic League—he spent three years with Camden earlier in his career), banged out a single, and scored after the next batter, third baseman Cody Overbeck, cracked a two-run homer over the left field wall. But it was Lopez who made Bluefish history. His single eclipsed the all-time franchise mark of 817 career hits mark established by Angel Espada in 2007.
Camden would eventually scored the go-ahead—and eventual game-winning—run in the bottom of the sixth. Second baseman Wilson Batista reached on an error, which allowed designated hitter Kalian Sams to score. Starter Kanekoa Texeira (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the ‘Fish, giving up three runs and two earned runs in six innings. Camden’s T.J. Hose (1-2) picked up the win in relief with closer Matt Gorgen earning his first save of the season.
The second game was all Camden's—primarily because of a sterling outing from starting pitcher Ryan Kulic, who blanked the Bluefish for seven innings in earning his first victory of the season.
Bridgeport third baseman Sean Burroughs had two hits (2-for-4), but starter Ty’Relle Harris lasted just four innings, allowing six runs on six hits, while dropping to 0-2 for the season.
With the double-dip, the Bluefish dropped to 8-7, 1.5 games behind the Liberty Division-leading Somerset Patriots.
The Bluefish will return home next Tuesday, May 13, when they open up a six-game homestand with their arch-rivals, the 6-7 Long Island Ducks. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., and fans can purchase two tickets for the price of one. To purchase tickets, please click HERE. For fans unable to attend, Tuesday's game and all home games will be broadcast on WGCH 1490 AM, or by clicking HERE.