Patriots Blow Late Lead Again

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(PR) Erie, Pennsylvania – The Erie SeaWolves (22-10) rallied for three runs late for a 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Somerset Patriots (20-12) at UPMC Park Thursday night.

Dylan Rosa won the game for the SeaWolves in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walk-off RBI single to deep right center field after the Patriots failed to score in the top half of the frame.

Somerset had taken a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning on Diego Castillo’s (5) two-run home run. The team carried that lead into the bottom of the eighth, when Josh Lester (6) sent a two-run shot over the left-field fence off Patriots’ reliever Michael Gomez (BS) to tie the game.

Somerset starter Luis Gil tossed 4.2 scoreless innings and struck out seven batters. Jefry Valdez also contributed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, including his work to get out of a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep the Patriots ahead at the time.

Former Patriot Mark Leiter Jr. (W, 2-3) tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the 10th to earn the win.

The Patriots and SeaWolves continue their series Friday night. Right-handed pitcher Shawn Semple (1-2, 4.76 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against righty Elvin Rodriguez (2-0, 1.40 ERA) for Erie. First pitch at UPMC Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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