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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High Point Homers Overpower Patriots

Bridgewater, New Jersey – Two big innings led the High Point Rockers (27-30, 68-59)  to a 10-3 win over the Somerset Patriots (20-36, 62-64) Saturday evening at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Rockers opened the scoring in the top of the third inning. Stephen Cardullo (20) hit a two-run home run down the left field line to provide the first two runs. Three batters later, Richie Shaffer (25) launched a two-out, two-run home run to left-center field. 9719 GONZALEZ WEB

Somerset answered in the bottom of the third on a two-out solo home run to straight-away center field off the bat of Jimmy Paredes (10).

The Patriots made it a one-run game later in the sixth. Somerset loaded the bases with two outs before Scott Kelly grounded a two-run single up the middle to make it a 4-3 score.

High Point responded and put the game out of reach in the next half inning. The Rockers plated six runs in the top of the seventh, including a Hector Gomez RBI single, a run-scoring wild pitch and Shaffer (26) grand slam.

Neither team plated a run the rest of the way.

Yovan Gonzalez and Kelly finished the game with three hits a piece.

Matt Sergey (W, 3-2) earned the win after he allowed three runs over 5.2 innings of work. David Holmberg (L, 2-7) yielded four runs over five innings to take the loss.

The Patriots and Rockers conclude their three-game series Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Liam O’Sullivan (5-8, 3.18 ERA) will toe the rubber for Somerset against High Point righty Craig Stem (4-3, 2.68 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues at home on Sunday, September 8th against the High Point Rockers. The game will feature an appearance from Red Titan Ryan and Combo Panda, along with free T-Shirts for the first 2,000 fans, presented by Planet Fitness Somerset. 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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Patriots Walk-Off Winners In Extras

Bridgewater, New Jersey – The Somerset Patriots (20-35, 62-63) ended a season-long losing streak with a thrilling 1-0 walk-off win over the High Point Rockers (26-30, 67-59) Friday night at TD Bank Ballpark.

Both teams were scoreless through the first nine innings of the ballgame. Somerset starter Rick Teasley tossed seven shutout innings, striking out five batters and working out of a number of jams to keep the Rockers off the scoreboard.9619 TEASLEY WEB

On the other side, Rockers’ righty John Brownell spun eight scoreless frames, limiting the Patriots to just three hits.

Both Somerset and High Point failed to capitalize on opportunities in the ninth, which sent the game into extra innings.

After Mike Antonini kept the Rockers off the board in the top of the 10th, the Patriots needed just a run in the bottom half of the frame to win the ballgame. A sacrifice bunt from Rey Navarro moved Teodoro Martinez over to third base with one out before Alfredo Rodriguez drew a walk to set the stage for Scott Kelly.

The sixth-year Patriot grounded a chopper to Rocker shortstop Giovanny Alfonzo, who bobbled the ball while attempting to make the play, which allowed Martinez to score from third to give Somerset the 1-0 win.

Antonini (W, 2-3) worked two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Dusty Isaacs (1-3) allowed an unearned run to score in the 10th and was saddled with the loss.

The Patriots and Rockers continue their three-game series Saturday night. Southpaw David Holmberg (2-6, 5.17 ERA) will toe the rubber for Somerset against High Point righty Matt Sergey (2-2, 3.21 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues at home on Saturday, September 7th against the High Point Rockers. The night will feature a postgame fireworks show and the team’s annual Ballpark Comic Con. 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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