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Somerset takes down Portland in extra-inning thriller

June 24, 2021



Portland, Maine - The Somerset Patriots (29-15) battled to a 5-4 win in 10 innings over the Portland Sea Dogs (25-19) at Hadlock Field Thursday night.

Somerset held three different leads in the game before ultimately taking a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th inning on a Matt Pita RBI groundout. Stephen Ridings (W, 3-0) worked 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, including a scoreless ninth and 10th inning, to help lift the Patriots to the win.

Portland tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on a Ronaldo Hernandez RBI double, but Ridings came on with two in scoring position and finished off the frame to keep the game tied.

Earlier in the night, the Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the second on a Thomas Milone RBI triple and a bases-loaded walk to Oswald Peraza. The Sea Dogs tied it up in the second on a two-out, two-run home run from Devlin Granberg (1) before a 474 ft. blast from Dermis Garcia (12) put Somerset back ahead 4-3 in the third.

Portland again tied the game in the fourth on a Granberg RBI groundout, but Chase Illig - making his second start of the year - helped regain the lead Somerset in the sixth on a run-scoring groundout.

Zack Kelly (L, 1-1) yielded one unearned run in his lone inning of relief to take the loss.

The extra-inning win puts Somerset a season-best 14 games over .500. Additionally, the team boasts the best overall record in the Double-A Northeast League, 1.5 games better than the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles).

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 against Portland righty Frank German (2-3, 5.66 ERA). 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_.