Power Ball: Marrero Hits 2 HRs; Entire Patriots Lineup Gets a Hit

Christian Marrero had 2 HRs in Sunday's 12-3 win over the New Britain Bees. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (39-24) defeated the New Britain Bees (25-38) 12-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on yesterday afternoon.

Every Patriot in the starting lineup had at least one hit in the game.

The Patriots powered their way in front in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run by Kyle Roller (5) and a solo shot by Christian Marrero, his first as a Patriot. Chris Grayson added a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0.

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 “I’m just trying to stay aggressive in all my at bats,” said Marrero. “I was looking for something in my zone. I got something I was looking for and put a good barrel on it.”

The Bees got on the board in the top of the third inning on a fielder’s choice and error to cut the lead to 4-1.

Marrero answered for the Patriots with a three-run blast (2), his second of the game, to make the score 7-1. He finished 2-for-3 with three runs and five RBI.

 “Right now everything is clicking on both sides for our team. It’s a lot of fun right now and that’s when great things happen,” Marrero added.

Michael Crouse’s RBI single in the fourth inning cut the lead to 7-2.

Somerset extended their advantage in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Carlos Guzman and furthered the damage with a four run seventh inning. Alfredo Rodriguez had an RBI single, Grayson hit an RBI double, and Olmo Rosario added an RBI double that made the score 12-2.

New Britain got a run in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Crouse for the 12-3 final.

Will Oliver (3-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings pitched. Brian Dupra (3-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits in five innings pitched.

The 2017 Somerset Patriots season will continue at home today with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The game features Bark In The Park Night. For tickets, visit

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