5/25/21 BOX SCORE
The Somerset Patriots (14-5) plated two runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (7-12) 2-1 and earn their seventh win in a row.
The game was tied 0-0 heading into the eighth inning on the back of strong pitching before a two-out rally put Somerset ahead. Matt Pita led off the inning and reached second base before back-to-back RBI singles from Donny Sands and Dermis Garcia provided the Patriots with a 2-0 lead.
Somerset’s starter Janson Junk struck out seven batters without a walk over four scoreless innings to begin the night for Patriots pitchers. Left-handed reliever J.P. Sears (W, 2-0) entered in the fifth inning and continued to keep the Fisher Cats bats at bay.
Sears worked 4.2 innings of relief - the longest outing for a Patriots reliever this season - and did not allow a run until a Gabriel Moreno sac fly in the top of the ninth. The southpaw also struck out a season-high eight batters.
After New Hampshire plated a run off Sears in the ninth, Greg Weissert (S, 3) struck out Samad Taylor to strand the tying run at second base and hand Somerset their seventh-straight win.
The win puts Somerset a season-best nine games above .500 and are now tied with the Erie SeaWolves (14-5) for the best overall record in the Double-A Northeast League.
The Patriots and Fisher Cats continue their series Wednesday night. Glenn Otto (2-1, 3.78 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Troy Miller (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for New Hampshire. First pitch at TD Bank Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 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.