Patriots Offense Hangs Ten On Skeeters

912EspinalWebBridgewater, New Jersey – The Somerset Patriots (22-38, 64-66) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (31-28, 66-63) 10-7 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday night.

The Patriots jumped put to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Olmo Rosario started the scoring with an RBI single, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Jimmy Paredes. Edwin Espinal then launched a two-run home run (7) to left field to stake an early lead.

The Skeeters answered with a run on a bases loaded walk to Jason Martinson in the top of the second inning.

Sugar Land made it a one-run game in the top of the third inning on an RBI double by Denis Phipps and an RBI ground out by Albert Cordero.

A sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth inning by Rico Noel tied up the game at 4-4, before a Blair Beck solo home run (5) put the Skeeters in front in the top of the sixth inning.

The Patriots regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Scott Kelly, a two-run single by Will Kengor, and a two-run double by Jimmy Paredes for a 9-5 advantage.

Sugar Land plated another run in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Denis Phipps.

Alfredo Rodriguez’s RBI double brought home Espinal in the bottom of the frame for a 10-6 lead.

Zach Borenstein’s RBI double in the top of the ninth inning provided the 10-7 final.

Rick Teasley (6-3) picked up the win after he allowed five runs on nine hits and four strikeouts in six innings of work. Carlos Pimentel (6-3) gave up seven runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Mike Antonini earned his 26th save of the season after retiring the final batter of the game.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, September 20th when the team returns home to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the New Britain Bees at 7:05 pm. The game features School Folders (1st 1,500 Kids) presented by the Somerset County Education Association. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Acquire RHP Taylor Wright

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have acquired right-handed Taylor Wright in a trade with the Evansville Otters (Frontier League) for future considerations. He is active for tonight’s game against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Wright enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’5” righty spent his first professional season this year with the Otters. He impressed with a 3-0 record, a 0.92 ERA and 18 saves over 38 relief appearances. Wright yielded just five earned runs over 48.2 innings pitched while striking out 56 batters. Wright-Web

The Brown University alumnus won the Frontier League’s Jason Simontacchi Award this season, which recognizes the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Wright enjoyed a three-year stint on Brown’s baseball club. He made 38 appearances (5 starts) in Browns progam, totalling 69.2 innings of work.

The Ivy graduate is the son of Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright and had participated in the Patriots’ open tryout earlier this year.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues at home on Thursday, September 12th with a game against the Sugar Land Skeeters. For tickets, stop by the ticket office at TD Bank Ballpark, call us at (908) 252-0700 or visit us online at www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Late Unearned Runs Doom Patriots

Bridgewater, New Jersey – The Sugar Land Skeeters (31-27, 66-62) dropped the Somerset Patriots (21-38, 63-66) 4-0 thanks to four unearned runs in the top of the ninth Wednesday night at TD Bank Ballpark.

Tyler Cloyd opposed Mike Hauschild and both starters dazzled. Cloyd pitched a scoreless six frames while striking out a season high nine batters. Meanwhile, Hauschild delivered seven strong innings and gave up just five hits without allowing a run to score.911 CLOYD WEB

In the ninth inning Zach Borenstein reached on a one out single. Denis Phipps, the next batter, reached on a throwing error from Mike Antonini which placed runners on the corners. Albert Cordero grounded out with the infield in for the second out of the inning. Then Juan Silverio batted two in thanks to the second error of the inning from Antonini.

The next two batters in the inning walked and Anthony Giansanti blew it open with a two-run single to left field.

Josh Martin (2-0) earned the victory after he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

Antonini (2-4) took the loss after he allowed four unearned runs to score in the ninth.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues tomorrow September 12. The Patriots finish a six-game homestand against the Sugar Land Skeeters at 6:35 pm. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Big Fifth Inning Leads Somerset

Bridgewater, New Jersey – The Somerset Patriots (21-37, 63-65) scored five runs in the fifth inning on Tuesday night to down the Sugar Land Skeeters (30-27, 65-62) 11-5 at TD Bank Ballpark.

Somerset got started in the first with an Olmo Rosario (1) solo home run. After the first two batters reached in the third, the Patriots added two more via a Scott Kelly RBI single and a Rosario sacrifice fly RBI.910 ESPINAL WEB

But the Skeeters roared back scoring three runs over the next two frames.

Denis Phipps reached on a leadoff walk then advanced to second and third on a pair of wild pitches. Then, Juan Silverio recorded a sacrifice fly RBI to score the run.

Blair Beck (4) led off the fifth with a home run to cut the Patriots lead to just one, and later in the inning Phipps drove the game tying run in on a double to right center field.

Somerset responded with five runs in the bottom of the fifth on five hits. Rey Navarro singled to begin the inning, then Kengor and Rosario reached to load the bases with just one out. Paredes added a sacrifice fly RBI to set Somerset ahead, and Edwin Espinal put an exclamation mark on the inning with a three-run double. Teodoro Martinez capped off the inning with an RBI single to push Somerset ahead 8-3.

Kengor hit his Patriot-leading 14th home run in the sixth.

Somerset and Sugar Land each scored a run in the seventh and eighth innings. Wynton Bernard (5) began the seventh with a home run. Martinez recorded a sacrifice fly RBI in the bottom of the inning to make it a 10-4 game.

In the eighth, Juan Silverio (14) added a solo home run. In the bottom of the inning, Paredes tallied an RBI to round out the scoring.

Zack Dodson (2-2) earned the win after he pitched five frames and allowed three runs on four hits. Chase De Jong (4-4) gave up eight runs in five innings and was handed the loss.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues tomorrow September 11. The Patriots will honor first responders prior to the game. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Rockers Squeak By In Pitchers’ Duel

Bridgewater, New Jersey – The High Point Rockers (28-30, 69-59) got the better end of a pitchers’ duel in a 2-0 win over the Somerset Patriots (20-37, 62-65) Sunday afternoon at TD Bank Ballpark.

The game was scoreless through the first four innings before High Point struck first in the top of the fifth. A two-out rally, culminating in a two-run single from Giovanny Alfonzo put the Rockers ahead.9819 OSULLIVAN WEB

That proved to be the only runs in a ballgame that only took 2:06 to conclude.

Somerset got an impressive start for right-hander Liam O’Sullivan (L, 5-9). The Massachusetts native tossed his second complete-game of the year, limiting the Rockers to just two runs scattered across six hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

High Point starter Craig Stem (W, 5-3) worked seven shutout, two-hit innings to earn the win. Ryan Kelly (S, 12) worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth to earn the save.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues at home on Tuesday, September 10th against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The game will feature the season’s fourth and final Bark In The Park game. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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