Patriots Let Lead Slip Away in 7th Inning

A two-out, two-run single from Justin Pacchioli provided the Somerset Patriots with a 4-1 lead. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots

WALDORF, MD. -  A five-run seventh inning led the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (17-25, 56-56) to a 7-4 victory over the Somerset Patriots (20-22, 62-50) in Sunday’s series-finale at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Somerset opened the scoring for the third-straight game against Southern Maryland, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a two-out RBI double from Mark Minicozzi.

The Blue Crabs leveled the score in the bottom of the fifth on Patrick Palmeiro’s RBI single. The tied game was short-lived, however, as the Patriots regained the lead in the next half-inning. An RBI single from Minicozzi and a two-out, two-run single from Justin Pacchioli provided Somerset a 4-1 lead.

Sign Up for E-News

The three-run lead held until the bottom of the seventh, when an Edwin Garcia bases-loaded walk and a Tucker Nathans (3) grand slam lifted Southern Maryland in front 6-4. The Blue Crabs added another run in the eighth on a run-scoring wild pitch to top off the scoring.

“When we have a 4-1 lead late in the game with the arms and talent we have, I would like to see us finish off those games,” said Patriots manager Brett Jodie after the game. “I don’t think it’s from a lack of effort at all, but we need to start seeing some better results as we get closer to the postseason.”

Sam Runion (2-2) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. A.J. Achter (2-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs over one inning of relief. Cody Apply (27) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning. Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision.

The Patriots now travel over to York, Pennsylvania to open up a four-game series against the York Revolution. First pitch Monday night at PeoplesBank Park is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News



AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


One Week, No Power in High Bridge

March 9, 2018

To the editor:

There are those of us in Hunterdon County that are still without power almost one week past the first storm. JCP&L has repeatedly changed the time and date of restoration. The spokesman flat-out lied to you when he said all 10,000 customers in Hunterdon would have power restored by Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. 

I live on Thomas Street in High Bridge. My husband, multiple ...