Dazzling Defense and Power Display Surges Somerset to 10-6 Win
Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots (70-44) used a dominant display of defense and power to drop the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (50-65) by a score of 10-6 in their series-opening game at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday night. Somerset homered four times in the game, marking the second game
Bridgewater, NJ -- The Somerset Patriots (70-44) used a dominant display of defense and power to drop the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (50-65) by a score of 10-6 in their series-opening game at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday night.
Somerset homered four times in the game, marking the second game in a row and the ninth total time this season having reached that mark.
With 173 home runs on the season now, the Patriots enter Wednesday two home runs shy of their season franchise record of 175, which was set last year (in 119 games).
After the Patriots fell behind 2-0 on home runs from Addison Barger and John Aiello, Elijah Dunham (16) opened up the scoring for Somerset with a solo homer in the second inning.
Before the inning ended, Jesus Bastidas (16) swiped a 3-2 lead for Somerset with a two-run homer that tied him with Dunham for the second-most home runs on the Patriots this season.
Austin Wells (7) extended the Patriots' lead to 5-2 on a two-run homer in the third inning, his second straight game with a home run.
Austin Wells getting in on the homer parade.💣— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) August 23, 2022
Back-to-back games with a home run for the @Yankees No. 4 prospect (7). pic.twitter.com/qmbayLIQtg
New Hampshire stormed back to take a 6-5 lead behind a four-run fourth inning. Anthony Volpe then smacked a triple (3) into right field, which tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dating back to Sunday, it was Volpe's second straight game with a triple.
Eric Wagaman provided the game-winning blow with a two-run home run (3) that gave the Patriots an 8-6 lead in the sixth inning.
Volpe put the finishing touches on the win with a two-run bloop single in the eighth inning that capped the Patriots' lead at 10-6. Volpe has now collected three hits in back-to-back games. He also collected his Yankees' organization leading 43rd stolen base of the season.
Look out. Now Volpe likes hitting triples!@Yankees No. 1 prospect Anthony Volpe with an RBI triple (3) for the second straight game to tie up the contest. #PatriotsInPinstripes pic.twitter.com/aK8urYWwTI— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) August 24, 2022
Tanner Myatt (2-1) earned the win for Somerset, hurling 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of the Patriots starter Will Warren.
The win is Somerset's 10th against New Hampshire this season, improving them to 10-3 vs. the Fisher Cats.
The 2022 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue at home on Wednesday night with another 7:05 p.m. first pitch against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at TD Bank Ballpark.
Yankees No. 26 prospect RHP Deivi Garcia will get the start for Somerset opposite RHP Alejandro Melean for New Hampshire.
Fans can follow the action live as Steven Cusumano calls the play-by-play on MiLB.tv and FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM | 1450 AM, the Flagship Station for Patriots Baseball, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:50 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 Eastern 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.