Game 15: Somerset Patriots Post-Game Notes

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— So, Glenn Otto. I feel like we should talk about Glenn Otto.

The 25-year-old righty was absolutely electric on Thursday night at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, striking out 14 Yard Goats batters, threatening the Somerset franchise record, set by Ray Davis early in the team’s Atlantic League days during the 2000 season.

Otto faced 19 batters and struck out all but five in 5 1/3 innings of work.  He allowed just two hits and one walk, throwing 85 pitches (53 strikes) in the process.  It was about as masterful as it gets at this level, and makes you daydream a bit about what his ceiling ultimately could be.

— Somerset came into the game hitting just .211.  They leave it having raised that number by 16 points.  Every batter in the lineup got at least one hit, with Michael Beltre’s four setting a new team-high this season.  Oliver Dunn’s four runs are also a team-high, and one of them came on his first Double-A homer.

— Donny Sands appeared to avoid serious injury when he was struck in the hand with a pitch early in the game.  After a visit from the trainer and manager Julio Mosquera, he stayed in.

— Karl Kauffman, the 77th overall pick by the Rockies in 2019, is set to make his Double-A debut on the mound for the Yard Goats tomorrow.  This’ll mark just his third pro outing.  He’ll be opposed by Luis Gil.

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(PR) Hartford, Conn. – Glenn Otto (W, 2-1) struck out 14 batters over 5.1 innings to lead the Somerset Patriots (10-5) to a convincing 11-1 win over the Hartford Yard Goats (5-10) Thursday night at Dunkin Donuts Park.

Only two of the 16 outs Otto recorded were not by the way of a strikeout; each of the first eight outs recorded to begin the night were strikeouts. The Patriots right-hander struck out 10 batters swinging, and caught four looking. He also struck out the side three times (first, second and fifth innings).

Otto came two strikeouts shy of tying a franchise record for strikeouts by a pitcher in a single game. The current record is 16, set by Ray Davis on July 19, 2000 at the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Offensively, Somerset tallied a season-high 11 runs on a season-high 16 hits. Every Patriot batter hit safely, with six different Patriots registering an RBI.

Oliver Dunn went 3-for-4 with a home run (1) and four runs scored. Aaron Palensky, making his professional baseball debut, went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including an RBI double in his first at-bat.

Michael Beltre went 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. He became the first Patriots batter this year to record four hits in a ballgame.

Dermis Garcia and Donny Sands each added two hits, while Max McDowell and reached base four times with a two-run double, three walks and three runs scored.

Somerset scored a run in each of their first four innings. The offensive outburst was highlighted by a four-run second inning and a three-run sixth.

The win marked the team’s third in a row, matching a season-best.

The Patriots continue their six-game series against the Hartford Yard Goats Friday night. Right-hander Luis Gil (0-0, 2.53 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Yard Goats righty Karl Kauffmann (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch from Dunkin Donuts Park is set for 7:05 p.m.

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