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Semple shines as Somerset ends losing skid

August 21, 2021

Altoona, Penn. - The Somerset Patriots (55-39) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Altoona Curve (50-44) Saturday night at People’s Natural Gas Field. Shawn Semple (W, 6-2) earned the win after tossing six shutout innings. The right-hander allowed just three hits and one walk with

Altoona, Penn. - The Somerset Patriots (55-39) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the Altoona Curve (50-44) Saturday night at People’s Natural Gas Field.

Shawn Semple (W, 6-2) earned the win after tossing six shutout innings. The right-hander allowed just three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. He has now tossed 12 scoreless frames against the Curve this season and is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA across six appearances (three starts) since returning to the Patriots from High-A Hudson Valley on July 20th.

The Patriots took an early first inning lead on a Josh Breaux RBI single. They extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on back-to-back solo home runs from Mickey Gasper (1) and Matt Pita (1).

Somerset’s lead grew to 6-0 with three runs in the sixth on a Pita run-scoring infield single and a two-run base hit from *Oswald Peraza. *

Gasper added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to top off his Patriots debut. The switch-hitting catcher finished his night 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Omar Cruz (L, 2-3) allowed six runs (five earned) across 5.0+ innings and took the loss.

The Patriots and Curve conclude their six-game series Sunday night. Right-handed pitcher Hayden Wesneski (4-4, 4.78 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Altoona righty Travis MacGregor (3-6, 6.04 ERA). First pitch at People’s Natural Gas Field is set 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.

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