The Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. The first run came home on a balk by Bees starting pitcher Daniel Sattler. Aharon Eggleston then drove in two runs on a single and Bryan LaHair followed with a two-run double.
Jovan Rosa hit a two-run home run (11) in the top of the fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-2.
LaHair answered again for Somerset with a two-run single in the bottom of the frame that made the score 7-2.
“I’ve been feeling good. I just take one at bat at a time and keep grinding it out,” said LaHair, who has driven in six runs over the past two games.
The Bees cut into the lead in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Jon Griffin that made the score 7-3.
New Britain made it a 7-5 game in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Craig Maddox (10).
Alexis Candelario (1-1) picked up the win, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and seven strikeouts in six innings pitched.
“Alexis is so close to such a great outing. He just made a few mistakes that got taken advantage of,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He’s right on the verge. I think he’s still learning the league. I certainly think he was better than his numbers show tonight.”
Sattler (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits in five innings pitched.
Jon Hunton got into trouble in the ninth, allowing a run, but worked his way out of trouble to earn his 32nd save of the season.
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