Patriots Use Long Ball To Power Past Blue Crabs

615RecapWebBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots (29-19) used the long ball to defeat the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-34) 9-7 before a season-high 8,205 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening.

The Blue Crabs took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run home run by Joe Benson (1).

The Patriots wasted no time taking the lead in the bottom of the frame on a three-run blast by Michael Ohlman (2).

“I was trying to hit a home run. It had been a while,” said Ohlman. “He kept pounding me in and I wasn’t quite getting there, so it was effective for him. That was what I was looking for. He spun a slider on the inner half and I just turned on it.”

Southern Maryland tied up the game in the top of the second inning on a run scoring double play.

Somerset answered with two more runs in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Rey Navarro and an RBI fielder’s choice by Will Kengor for a 5-3 advantage.

Josh McAdams made it a one-run ballgame in the top of the fourth inning with an RBI triple for a 5-4 score.

The Patriots extended their lead with a four-run fourth inning. Kengor struck again with a three-run home run (3) and Michael Crouse added an RBI single for a 9-4 lead.

Somerset cruised into the ninth inning when Southern Maryland made it close once again on a two-run home run by Edwin Garcia (2) and an RBI single by Tony Thomas for what would be the 9-7 final.

Vince Molesky (2-0) picked up the win, allowing a hit and striking out two in three scoreless innings of relief. Brandon Cumpton (2-6) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in three innings pitched. Mike Antonini came in for the final three outs to earn his league-best 19th save.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 1:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Sunday, June 16th. The game features a Father’s Day Celebration with a Dad and Kids Catch, T-Shirts (1st 2,000 Men), and more presented by Flemington Department Store. 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 Top Blue Crabs 3-1

614WebRecapFloresBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots (28-19) defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-33) 3-1 before 6,601 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening.

The Patriots took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Scott Kelly.

The Blue Crabs knotted up the game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Charlie Valerio.

Somerset regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-run double by Ramon Flores that put the Patriots up 3-1, which would be the final.

Liam O’Sullivan (3-3) picked up the win, allowing a run on seven hits and six strikeouts in seven innings pitched.

“I’ve just been locating pitches and having all four of my pitches for strikes,” said O’Sullivan of his performance. “It keeps hitters off balance, and when I have that, I can really do what I want out there.”

Craig Stem (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings pitched.

Mike Antonini earned his league-leading 18th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning pitched.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Saturday, June 15th. The game features Post Game Fireworks and a special Women In Baseball Jersey Auction presented by Somerset Health Care Foundation. 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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Ducks Take Series With 3-1 Win

Central Islip, N.Y. – The Somerset Patriots (27-19) dropped the series-finale 5-3 to the Long Island Ducks (29-16) Thursday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks struck first in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run from Hector Sanchez (3). Ray Fuentes (4) doubled the Long Island lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run home run to right-center field. Crouse613Blog

Somerset answered the next half-inning with a two-run home run from Michael Crouse (2), but the Ducks got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on David Washington’s two-out RBI double.

The Patriots got a run back on a Ramon Flores (2) solo home run in the eighth inning, but would get no closer.

Alec Asher (W, 4-1) allowed two runs (one earned) over seven innings to earn the win. Ryan Kussmaul (L, 1-1) surrendered four runs over four innings to take the loss. Josh Lueke (S, 3) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, June 14th when the team returns to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, including a postgame fireworks show. 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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Dorminy Dominant In 3-1 Win

Central Islip, N.Y. – The Somerset Patriots (27-18) carried a dominant starting pitching performance and some timely hitting to a 3-1 win over the Long Island Ducks (28-16) Wednesday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

Both teams stranded a combined nine baserunners over the first four innings of the game before Somerset broke through in the fifth. A two-out rally, culminating in an Edwin Espinal RBI infield single, provided the Patriots with a 1-0 lead. Dorminy612Blog

The lead increased to 3-0 the next inning on a Justin Pacchioli RBI double and an Alfredo Rodriguez sacrifice fly.

Long Island scratched together their lone run of the night in the bottom of the seventh on an Ezequiel Carerra sacrifice fly.

That ended an impressive evening for Somerset starter Thomas Dorminy (W, 1-4). The lefty scattered one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts across seven innings.

Luis Cruz and Mike Antonini (S, 17) held the Ducks off the board over the final two innings to seal the win.

Long Island starter Jake Fisher (L, 3-5) allowed three runs (two earned) across six innings to get saddled with the loss.

The Patriots and Ducks conclude their three-game series Thursday night. Ryan Kussmaul (1-0, 1.50 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Long Island righty Alec Asher (3-1, 4.11 ERA). First pitch at Bethpage Ballpark scheduled for 6:35 pm.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, June 14th when the team returns to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, including a postgame fireworks show. 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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Somerset Patriots And RWJUH Somerset To Host Used Baseball/Softball Equipment Drives

Used Baseball Equipment Drive WebBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have teamed up with RWJ University Hospital Somerset (RWJUH Somerset), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, to host a baseball/softball equipment drive at TD Bank Ballpark for the games on Wednesday, June 19th and Saturday, July 27th.The Somerset Patriots take on the Long Island Ducks at 7:05 pm for both games.

The Somerset Patriots and RWJUH Somerset are encouraging fans to bring used baseball/softball equipment to the ballpark for those two games. Specific items being requested are aluminum bats, bags, bases (rubber & soft), baseballs, softballs, catcher’s gear, cleats, gloves, helmets, pants, pitching/batting nets, and pitching machines.

Fans that donate equipment for the collections on June 19th or July 27th will receive a ticket voucher for those games or a future game to enjoy on behalf of RWJUH Somerset. The collection will take place at a table located in front of the ticket office. At that time, participating fans will receive the ticket voucher to redeem for their complimentary tickets.

The items will then be given to Leveling The Playing Field (LPF), an organization that takes donated sports equipment and redistributes it to low-income kids through schools, leagues, after school programs, and other avenues.

The goal of LPF is to make sure every kid has the chance to get off the sidelines and into the game. Since its founding in 2013, LPF has donated over $3,000,000 worth of sporting equipment to over 750 programs.

For more information about LPF, please visit www.levelingtheplayingfield.org.

The Somerset Patriots 2019 Season Presented by Ford is underway at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news online, on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset
RWJBarnabas Health is the Official Healthcare Provider of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club. Located in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a nationally accredited, 341-bed regional hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical, behavioral health and rehabilitative services to central New Jersey residents. As a designated teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the hospital maintains a family medicine residency program with 21 residents.

RWJUH Somerset has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and designation as a “Top Teaching Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group. As the first hospital in New Jersey to offer primary health care services for the LGBTQIA community, RWJUH Somerset has been honored as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset has been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. RWJBarnabas Health and RWJUH Somerset in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – bring a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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