Kyle Roller's Grand Slam Keys Patriots Win

Kyle Roller drove in all five Patriots runs, including a grand slam. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (23-26, 65-54) defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish (23-27, 64-56) 5-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday to complete the series sweep.

The Bluefish took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Wellington Dotel.

Somerset answered in the bottom of the frame with a grand slam by Kyle Roller (19), his second of the season, for a 4-1 advantage.

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“[Bluefish starting pitcher Rainy Lara] threw me a couple fastballs and changeups down,” Roller said. “He has a good changeup so I was just trying to see something up and out over the plate. He left a pitch middle and away and I was able to get the bat head out there. He pitched a real good game. I was looking for a mistake and got one. ”

Roller’s RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth inning put the Patriots up 5-1.

Bridgeport cut the lead in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI double by Dotel for the 5-2 final score.

Efrain Nieves (3-4) picked up the win, allowing a run on six hits in five innings pitched. Ranny Lara (9-8) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) on eight hits in five innings pitched.

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season will continue at home on Monday night with a 7:05 pm game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. The game features Bark In The Park Night. For tickets, visit


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