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Patriots Head Home with Division Lead

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Scott Kelly drove in a run in the third inning with a double. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Bridgeport Bluefish (23-20, 52-61) salvaged the series finale against the Somerset Patriots (24-20, 62-52) by winning 12-8 yesterday afternoon at Harbor Yard.

Despite the loss, the Patriots have won three straight series and are 0.5 games up on the Bluefish in the Liberty Division with 26 regular season games to go.

“We’re swinging the bats well and playing good baseball,” said Kyle Roller who finished 3-for-5 with two RBI. “We are still in first place and feel good about ourselves going into the off day.”

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For the 13th time in the last 18 games Somerset scored in the first inning. Roller belted an RBI single.

Bridgeport responded with three runs in the home half of the first inning. Jose Gil and Jose Cuevas each tallied RBI singles while Welington Dotel added an RBI sacrifice fly.

With the Patriots down 3-1, Vinny Zarrillo cut the deficit in half in the top of the second with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Somerset jumped in front to grab a 6-3 lead after 2.5 innings. Roller and Kelly ripped RBI doubles while Carlos Guzman poked an RBI single. Zarrillo would advance to first on a dropped third strike that scored a run.

The Bluefish scored the game’s next seven runs, six of which came in the bottom of the third inning. Jonathan Galvez, Anthony Giansanti, Gil and Luis Hernandez all recorded RBI. More runs came across on a pair of outfield fielding errors.

The score ballooned to 10-6 in the fourth inning when Galvez registered an RBI sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the eighth inning Luis Rodriguez hit an RBI sacrifice fly and Giansanti roped an RBI single to increase the lead to 12-6.

Somerset cut the deficit to 12-8, which would be the final in the top of the ninth inning. Aharon Eggleston plated a run via a RBI groundout and David Vidal sliced an RBI single.

Matt Spann (1-0) earned the win in his Bridgeport debut with 2.2 scoreless innings. Randy Boone (1-3) suffered the loss, yielding seven runs (five earned) in three innings of work.

The 2016 Somerset Patriots season continues when the team returns to TD Bank Ballpark tomorrow for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit somersetpatriots.com.

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