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Otto strikes out 14 in dominant 11-1 win

May 20, 2021

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Hartford, Conn. - Glenn Otto (W, 2-1) struck out 14 batters over 5.1 innings to lead the Somerset Patriots (10-5) to a convincing 11-1 win over the Hartford Yard Goats (5-10) Thursday night at Dunkin Donuts Park.

Only two of the 16 outs Otto recorded were not by the way of a strikeout, including each of the first eight outs on the night. The Patriots right-hander struck out 10 batters swinging, and caught four looking. He also struck out the side three times (first, second and fifth innings).

Otto came two strikeouts shy of tying a franchise record for strikeouts by a pitcher in a single game. The current record is 16, set by Ray Davis on July 19, 2000 at the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Offensively, Somerset tallied a season-high 11 runs on a season-high 16 hits. Every Patriot batter hit safely, with six different Patriots registering an RBI.

Oliver Dunn went 3-for-4 with a home run (1) and four runs scored. Aaron Palensky, making his professional baseball debut, went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including an RBI double in his first at-bat.

Michael Beltre went 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. He became the first Patriots batter this year to record four hits in a ballgame.

Dermis Garcia and Donny Sands each added two hits, while Max McDowell and reached base four times with a two-run double, three walks and three runs scored.

Somerset scored a run in each of their first four innings. The offensive outburst was highlighted by a four-run second inning and a three-run sixth.

The win marked the team’s third in a row, matching a season-best.

The Patriots continue their six-game series against the Hartford Yard Goats Friday night. Right-hander Luis Gil (0-0, 2.53 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Yard Goats righty Karl Kauffmann (0-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch from Dunkin Donuts Park is set 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.