Game 14: Somerset Patriots Post-Game Notes

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So, I guess that’s how we’re going to do these post-game notes posts on the road…some observations from the ballpark, followed by the team’s press release.  OK?  OK.

— Let’s start with…the starter, shall we?  Solid outing, albeit still a brief one, for Janson Junk, who allowed just one hit and two walks in four scoreless innings, striking out five.  He made just 64 pitches, though, and while that’s up from the 58 he threw on May 7 and 62 from May 13, it’s clear that many Somerset arms are being built up very, very slowly still.  His fastball sat at 92-95 for the majority of the night.

— For the second straight night, Dermis Garcia hit a baseball over some fencing they’d set up in the outfield at the ballpark, but this time he went out to right field with a shot that just got over the yellow line.  Not a terribly long poke tonight, not with the…ahem, unique dimensions down the right field line here, but it’ll still play.

— Dermis giveth, Dermis taketh away.  Bit of a tough defensive sequence for the 6-foot-3, 200 pounder in the eighth inning; an error on a bad hop ground ball that he booted, a ball that clanked off his glove on a potential, but unlikely GIDP ball, and another that escaped him on a pickoff attempt that allowed the runner to advance a base.

— Potentially a big moment for a guy who really needs one with Isiah Gilliam delivering what was ultimately the game-winnng hit off of hard-throwing Yard Goats reliever Julian Hernandez in the tenth.  It’s been *rough* for Gilliam up here so far, but if it’s a confidence thing, that sure can’t hurt.

— First Double-A knocks today for Oliver Dunn and Evan Alexander…

— Stephen Ridings.  Not much left to say.  Kid’s legit.  Faced seven batters, struck out five, and touched 100 on my gun.

— Matt Pita has the potential to be a fan favorite in Somerset.  Easily.  Folks there love kids who bust their tail — see: Kelly, Scott — and Pita has a lot of those qualities.  Big game for him tonight with two doubles at the dish, stayed in the game after taking a fastball directly in the front elbow, and made a SportsCenter Top 10-worthy catch in left field in which he went sailing into the protective netting.  He’s hitting a buck-90.  I get it.  Give him a chance.

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(PR) Hartford, Conn. – Despite giving up a late lead, the Somerset Patriots (9-5) earned their first extra-inning win of the season with a 6-4 victory in 10 innings over the Hartford Yard Goats (5-9) Wednesday night.

Somerset held two separate three-run leads on the night, but the game was tied at 4-4 before the Patriots plated two runs in the 10th to cap the scoring. An Isiah Gilliam RBI single and an Oliver Dunn bases-loaded walk plated the two game-winning runs.

Offensively, Matt Pita (2-for-2, two doubles, RBI) and Dermis Garcia (1-5, home run, 2 RBI) highlighted the evening for Somerset.

Garcia (4) opened the night with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. It marked Garcia’s fourth home run in his last five games; over which he has eight RBI. The 6’3” 1st baseman has also now hit safely in six-straight games.

Pita added an RBI double in the 6th inning which at the time made it a 4-1 Patriots lead. He also made a highlight-reel catch in the bottom of the sixth inning to help keep Somerset ahead.

The Yard Goats got a pair of solo home runs from Todd Czinege (2), including one in the fifth for their first run and a game-tying shot in the eighth. Back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Jameson Hannah and Elehuris Montero in the seventh had set the stage for the Czinege blast to tie the game the next inning.

Steven Ridings (W, 2-0) struck out the side in the ninth to keep the game tied at 4-4 before closing the door in the 10th to finish off the win. Julian Fernandez (L, 0-1) allowed two runs (one earned) in the top of the 10th to take the loss.

The Patriots continue their six-game series against the Hartford Yard Goats Thursday night. Right-hander Glen Otto (1-1, 5.56 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Yard Goats righty Matt Dennis (0-1, 3.27 ERA). First pitch from Dunkin Donuts Park Tuesday night is set for 7:05 p.m.

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