In the top of the first inning designated hitter John Alonso cranked a two RBI double to give Bridgeport a 2-0 advantage.
Center fielder Nick Van Stratten slapped a RBI single in the top of the fifth to expand the Bluefish lead to 3-0.
Bridgeport added to its lead with a pair of seventh inning runs as Alonso brought home a run via a RBI fielder’s choice and another run crossed via shortstop Robert Andino’s throwing error.
The Patriots cut the deficit to 5-2 in the ensuing half inning when first baseman Mat Gamel ripped a RBI triple and second baseman Nate Spears hit a RBI sacrifice fly.
Center fielder Jonny Tucker hammered a home run (1) to make the score 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning which would be the final score.
Cory Riordan earned the win (1-0) tossing eight innings while allowing three runs on five hits. Lucas Irvine sustained the loss (1-3) hurling six innings while allowing just one earned run. Patrick Mincy pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the year.
The 2015 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue tomorrow night when the Patriots remain at TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Bridgeport Bluefish. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.