SUGAR LAND, Texas- The Somerset Patriots (21-15, 56-43) rode an impressive Vince Molesky performance to a 2-0 win over the the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-11, 65-33) Wednesday night at Constellation Field.
Both teams were held off the scoreboard until the Patriots broke through with a two-out rally in the top of the fifth. Back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Mike Fransoso and Alfredo Rodriguez put Somerset in front 2-0.
That was all the offense Somerset needed with Vince Molesky (4-1) on the mound. The first-year Patriot righty worked around danger a couple of times to toss eight scoreless innings. Molesky yielded eight hits and just one walk with five strikeouts on a season-high 102 pitches.
Molesky’s eight shutout innings now gives him an Atlantic League-best 2.46 ERA on the year.
"I was just trying to go with what I have been doing lately," said Molesky. "I always try to get ahead of hitters quickly and keep them off balance. Early on in the season I was going more with my changeup and slider, but now that I am starting again, I have tried to go back to the curveball to add another pitch. I just try to build off of each start. There is still always room for improvement and things I could have done better."
Ryan Kelly (17) allowed a pair of bases runners in the bottom of the ninth inning but held the Skeeters off the board to earn the save. Conner Wade (6-4) surrendered two runs on six hits over six innings to take the loss.
The Patriots and Skeeters conclude their seven-game series Wednesday night. First pitch at Constellation Field is set for 7:05 p.m. CST (8:05 p.m. EST).
The Patriots return home Friday for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game includes Drawstring Backpacks for the first 2,000 fans. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.