BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues did everything they could to stage a late rally Sunday afternoon, it just proved to be too little, too late.
The Blues scored the final three runs of the first game of their doubleheader against the Worcester Bravehearts, but fell 5-3 at Muzzy Field. The second game was also a loss for Bristol, a 10-6 defeat.
Down 5-0 at the start of the fifth inning in Game 1, the Blues managed to score twice. Matthew Bonvicini provided the first run with a double that brought home Richard Brereton. He later scored on a single from Jeremy Sagun.
Bristol scored again in the bottom of the seventh when Ian Ostberg singled to bring in Bonvicini. But Alex Loparco grounded out to first with the bases loaded to end the game.
Ostberg, Bonvicini and Sagun led the Blues with two hits each.
It was the top of the fifth, however, that ultimately cost the Blues. The Bravehearts scored four times in the frame, three of which were unearned.
Michael Dellicarri reached on an error by Ostberg, allowing Mariano Ricciardi to touch home. Edward Haus then hit a sacrifice fly two batters later to make the score 3-0. A Dustin Harris single two pitches later brought in two more.
Michael DeLease picked up the loss for the Blues. He gave up all five runs in 4.2 innings on seven hits. Of those five runs, only two were earned. He also struck out three and walked two.