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Junk dazzles as Patriots win their third straight

June 25, 2021



Portland, Maine - The Somerset Patriots (30-15) improved to a season-best 15 games over .500 with a 7-4 win over the Portland Sea Dogs (25-20) at Hadlock Field Friday night.

Somerset starter Janson Junk (W, 3-1) earned his third-straight win with seven strong innings. The Washington native allowed just one run on three hits while striking out three over a season-best seven frames to lead the Patriots.

Offensively, Somerset got the scoring started in the top of the first on a Donny Sands two-out RBI single. Sands would add a solo home run (8) in the third inning and finished the night 2-for-4 with the homer and two RBI.

Isiah Gilliam added to the Patriots in lead in the second with a two-out RBI single, while Oswaldo Cabrera also contributed with a run-scoring groundout in the third to put the team ahead 4-0 early.

Portland got a run back on an RBI single from Grant Williams in the third, but Somerset would add two more runs of their own in the seventh on a Diego Castillo (7) solo home run and a run-scoring error. Cabrera capped the team’s scoring in the ninth on an RBI single.

The Sea Dogs got a pair of runs in the eight and one more in the ninth off of Kevin Gadea, but ultimately fell short.

Frank German (L, 2-4) allowed four runs on six hits over five innings to take the loss.

The Patriots and Sea Dogs continue their six-game series Friday night. Right-handed pitcher Heyden Wesneski (0-1, 13.50 ERA) gets the ball for Somerset. First pitch at Hadlock Field is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

About the Somerset Patriots

The Somerset Patriots are the New York Yankees Double-A Affiliate and develop today’s top minor league talent into the pinstriped superstars of tomorrow for MLB’s winningest team. The Patriots compete in the Double-A Northeast League and play their home games at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, where fans of all ages and levels of baseball fandom get to enjoy the unique experience that is minor league baseball.

To learn more, visit: _www.somersetpatriots.com_.