Waldorf, Maryland – The Somerset Patriots (28-30, 70-58) tied a season-high with 17 hits in a 10-3 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (24-35, 63-66) Tuesday night at Regency Furniture Stadium.
The Patriots got the scoring started in the top of the third inning. Kyle Roller grounded a two-run double down the right field line before D’Vontrey Richardson came through with a two-out RBI single to provide Somerset a 3-0 lead.
Southern Maryland responded in the bottom of the third on a Kalaika Kahoohalahala (1) solo home run and a Jose Lozada RBI single, trimming their deficit to one.
Roller (21) launched a solo home run in the top of the fifth to extend the lead out to two before a two-out RBI double from Tony Thomas made it a 5-2 ballgame in the sixth inning.
Somerset opened up the game in the seventh with a four-run inning. A two-run double from Tyler Bortnick began the scoring before RBI singles from Scott Kelly and Justin Trapp increased the Patriots’ lead to 9-2. Carlos Guzman drew a bases-loaded walk in the 8th to get get Somerset into double-digits.
The Blue Crabs fought back with a bases-loaded walk to Edwin Garcia in the bottom of the ninth that topped off the scoring.
A.J. Achter (3-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Gaby Hernandez (11-4) suffered the loss after he allowed four runs on eight hits over five innings pitched.
The Patriots continue their three-game series against Southern Maryland Tuesday evening. Right-handed pitcher Jerome Williams (2-3, 4.53 ERA) takes the mound against Blue Crabs’ righty Daryl Thompson (8-6, 3.73 ERA). First pitch at Regency Furniture Stadium is set for 6:35 p.m.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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