PORTSMOUTH, NH - The Bristol Blues made one final attempt at a comeback, but it was not enough in the end Thursday night
The Blues scored five runs over the final two innings, including three in the seventh, before falling 6-5 to the Seacoast Mavericks.
Mitch Guilmette hit a three-run home run with two outs off Colby Morris to cut Bristol’s deficit to 6-2. The Blues had just scored twice an inning earlier on two wild pitches over three batters from Seacoast reliever Griffin Young.
But the Mavericks were able to get to Blues starter Keith Grant over his five innings of work. Grant was charged with five runs on seven hits, two of which were home runs. The left-hander also struck out three.
Grant gave up a three-run home run to Jimmy Palmer in the third and then a solo homer to Sean Sullivan in the fourth. AJ DiFillipo provided an RBI single in the sixth.
Yet it was Jose Negron who sealed the loss for Bristol with a solo home run off Blues reliever Tucker Lord in the sixth.
Bristol, meanwhile, struggled to find any kind of offensive rhythm. The Blues struck out a collective nine times throughout the night. They walked six times.
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