New Britain took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on Jovan Rosa’s (9) three-run home run to left field.
Somerset responded on a Kyle Roller sacrifice fly in the fourth to trim the difference to two before James Skelton drew a bases-loaded walk the next half-inning, extending the lead back out to three.
The Patriots later rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning. A Yovan Gonzalez RBI single, followed by sacrifice flies from Justin Pacchioli and Scott Kelly brought Somerset even with New Britain.
The Bees won the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring error on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher.
Patriots’ starting pitcher Will Oliver tossed a season-high seven innings and tied a Patriots’ single-game high with nine strikeouts.
“I had my cutter and some of my off-speed stuff working well tonight,” said Oliver. “My goal tonight was to simplify my game, so i thought it worked out alright.”
Shawn Gilblair (1-2) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Kyler Newby (2-4) took the loss, yielding a run over one-third of an inning. Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision.
The Patriots have Thursday off before beginning a three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters Friday night. First pitch at TD Bank Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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