Game 18: Somerset Patriots Post-Game Notes

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— How sweep it is.  A series sweep has always been impressive.  Perhaps even more so now that it’s six games and not three or four.  However, all news on Sunday was not necessarily good…

— Donny Sands, out for a second straight game, did not seem to be with the club in Hartford, and Chase Illig was summoned at the last minute from Hudson Valley.  Dermis Garcia was replaced by a pinch hitter in the fifth inning.  Via the team, Julio Mosquera did not have updates on the status of either man.

He did say, however: “It feels good to come back home and play in front of our fans. We started the road trip a little slow, but things clicked in Hartford and we started to play well. We were able to have quality at bats and put some runs on the board. Our pitching was strong and ended up having a good end to the road trip.”

— Nobody’s talked much about Michael Beltre this season.  They should.  He was a double short of the cycle on Sunday, upped his average to an even .300, and smacked a long home run over the batter’s eye in center field.

“I wasn’t thinking about the cycle until my last at-bat, but I really wanted it,” Beltre said through the team.  “Either way, sweeping the series feels really good today!”

— Max Burt had a big day too, hitting a homer of his own, and driving in four of the team’s ten runs.

“He threw me a fastball on the home run,” Burt said through the team. “I’ve really been hunting fastballs and been getting some. I was trying to keep my weight back and my hands back and hit a good ball to center. That’s when I know I’m going well, when I hit the ball on the inner half to left center. It was an 0-1 count and I was looking for something up. I faced the kid two nights before and had a good pitch that I thought I missed. He gave me it again and I capitalized on it.”

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(PR) Hartford, Conn. – The Somerset Patriots (13-5) finished off a six-game series sweep of the Hartford Yard Goats (5-13) Sunday afternoon with a 10-3 win at Dunkin Donuts Park.

The sweep is the first for the Patriots as a Double-A Affiliate and improves the team’s record to a season-best eight-games above .500.

Somerset tallied 12 hits in the game, marking the fourth-straight game they recorded 10+ hits. It was also the third time in four games the Patriots plated 10+ runs. The team also belted a season-high four runs to power the offense.

Michael Beltre went 3-for-4 with a home run (1), two RBI and three runs scored to lead the team. Max Burt also enjoyed a big game, going 2-for-4 with a home run (2) and four RBI. It was the second-straight game in which Burt hit a homer.

The Patriots took an early 3-0 lead on a two-out RBI single from Isiah Gilliam and a two-out, two-run single from Burt in the first inning. In the second, Evan Alexander (1) and Oswaldo Cabrera (2) both went deep for the the team’s first back-to-back home runs of the 2021 season.

Beltre’s two-run shot in the third and Burt’s two-run homer in the fourth provided more than enough offense to carry the Patriots through the rest of the ballgame.

Hartford got two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth and added a sac fly in the sixth for their lone production of the afternoon.

Carlos Espinal (W, 1-1) earned the win with two innings of relief after Somerset starter Matt Krook struck out six over his four innings on the mound. Will Gaddis (L, 0-3) allowed eight runs on eight hits across three innings to take the loss.

The Patriots have an off day on Monday before welcoming in the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the first game of a six-game series and the first game of a 12-game homestand. First pitch at TD Bank Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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