The Skeeters struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning on a passed ball and an RBI single by Denis Phipps.
An RBI groundout by Edwin Espinal in the bottom of the third inning cut the lead in half at 2-1.
The Patriots jumped in front with a four-run bottom of the seventh inning. The first run came home on a wild pitch before Espinal broke the tie with a two-run triple. Alfredo Rodriguez followed with an RBI double for a 5-2 advantage, which would be the final score.
“I was looking middle-away and I was able to put a good swing on it,” said Espinal, who finished 1-for-2 with a triple and three RBI. “ I think that was a good win for us and maybe it will help wake us up.”
Rick Teasley (4-1) picked up the win after he allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits and five strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Daniel Schlereth (2-1) took the loss after 0.2 innings pitched in which he gave up four runs- two earned- on three hits and two strikeouts. Luis Cruz earned his third save of the season with two scoreless innings pitched.
The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Tuesday, August 13th with a 7:05 pm game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. The game features Star Wars Night with a game-worn jersey auction presented by The Beez Foundation. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.