Sugar Land, TX – The Somerset Patriots (19-23) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (17-24) 2-1 in extra innings of game one of this day-night doubleheader from Constellation Field. The game was only scheduled for seven innings but the Patriots needed an extra frame to defeat the Skeeters for the sixth time in as many tries this season. Patriots’ starter Mike MacDonald was flawless as he tossed seven innings, scattered four hits and struck out a season-high six batters to earn his second win of the season.
In the top of the first inning first baseman Freddy Sandoval fisted an RBI single to center field to give the Patriots an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Skeeters second baseman Dominic Ramos hit a solo home run (3) to left field to tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the eighth inning designated hitter Aaron Mathews hit a ball into shallow center field and shortstop Iggy Suarez back peddled but dropped the ball allowing second baseman Freddie Bynum to score the go ahead run to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Patriots.
Patriots closer Josh Rupe registered his seventh save of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning to seal the victory.
Game two of the doubleheader will be tonight at 8:05 p.m. eastern time. Roy Merritt (2-1, 4.50 ERA) faces Heath Phillips (0-3, 2.91 ERA). The game will be broadcasted on 1450 AM in Central New Jersey or wctcam.com
The 2012 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Thursday, June 14th when the Patriots return home to take on the York Revolution at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm. The game includes a special Flag Day Celebration and Patriots Cinch Sacks (1st 1,500) courtesy of Operation Shoebox New Jersey. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.