Waldichuk Whiffs 11 In Pats Win

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(PR) Richmond, Virginia – The Somerset Patriots (39-21) take the series opener with a 3-2 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels (33-28) Tuesday night at The Diamond.

Ken Waldichuk (W, 3-0) struck out a career-best 11 batters across a career-high 97 pitches to lead the way. The southpaw allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over 6.1 innings and earned his second-straight win.

Richmond took an early lead on an Andres Angulo (2) solo home run in the third, but Somerset responded the next half inning. Brandon Lockridge (1), playing in his first game with the Patriots, drilled a solo home run out to right-center field in the fourth to tie the game.

The Patriots took the lead on a run-scoring wild pitch in the sixth and added to the margin on a Thomas Milone run-scoring groundout in the seventh.

The Flying Squirrels got a run back when Simon Whiteman lined an RBI single in the seventh, but they would get no closer.

Elvis Peguero (H, 1) tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief before Addison Russ (SV, 1) got the final out in the ninth to close the door.

Matt Seelinger (L, 1-1) yielded one run in his one inning of relief to take the loss.
The Patriots and Flying Squirrels continue their six-game series Wednesday night. Right-hander Janson Junk (4-1, 1.08 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Richmond righty Caleb Killian (3-0, 2.09 ERA). First pitch at the Diamond is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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