BRIDGEPORT - In a key early second-half divisional battle, the New Britain Bees were defeated by the Bridgeport Bluefish 7-3 on Sunday afternoon.
The Bluefish took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Bees starter Kyle Simon (7 IP, 10 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned, 1 walk, 2 K’s), who fell to 5-6 for the season.
A walk to leadoff batter D’Arby Myers was followed by a single from Luis Hernandez before a fielder’s choice play for the first out. An RBI double from Andrew Lambo drove in the first run of the game and the second scored on a ground out. A two-out RBI single by Jonathan Galvez plated the inning’s third run.
New Britain cut that lead to 3-1 when Jamar Walton led off with a double and Tsuyoshi Fujiwara followed with an RBI single in the third inning.
The Bees then tied the game in the top of the fourth. Craig Maddox led off with a single and Jordan Hinshaw collected another single with one out to put runners on first and second. Maddox scored on an error as Jon Griffin reached base on an infield grounder but was thrown out at second on the play. Then Walton hit a game-tying RBI single, but was also thrown out at second to end the inning.
Bridgeport scored two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to pull away.
In the sixth, the Bluefish got one run as Jose Cuevas led off with a single, moved to third on a Lambo base hit and scored on a double play ball. Yet with two outs and the bases empty, they added another run as Galvez and Tony Abreu hit back-to-back doubles.
In the seventh, Angelys Nina reached first on an error, taking second on a stolen base and moving to third thanks to a throwing error on the play, then scored on an RBI double from Myers. Cuevas drove in Myers with an RBI single.
Jovan Rosa, an East Hartford High School graduate, had a pair of hits in the game to increase his league-leading hit total to 83.
Charles Brewer (5-2) got the win for Bridgeport with six strong innings, while Galvez went 3-for-4.
With the all-star break beginning Monday in advance of Wednesday’s game, the Bees are off until a game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Friday night at New Britain Stadium.
Sunday’s game was Griffin’s first start in the lineup since June 23. … Maddox has extended his hitting streak to 11 games. … Rosa has recorded multiple hits in back-to-back games, and at least one hit in six consecutive games. … Sunday’s game was Michael Crouse’s first day off since May 27 in the second game of a doubleheader against Southern Maryland. … Bridgeport clinched the season series victory over the Bees with the win. … The game was Hinshaw’s first start in center field as a member of the Bees. … Simon has pitched at least seven innings in his last four starts, and six of his last seven overall. … Rosa is also tied for the Atlantic League lead in doubles with 22. … Walton has recorded multiple hits in three consecutive games. … Brandon League, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, has not allowed a run in his last four outings, only giving up two hits in 3 2/3 innings. … Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 216, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 239, including postseason.