BRIDGEWATER, NJ- Two big innings led the High Point Rockers (27-30, 68-59) to a 10-3 win over the Somerset Patriots (20-36, 62-64) Saturday evening at TD Bank Ballpark, despite special Batman commemorative uniforms worn by team members.
The Rockers opened the scoring in the top of the third inning. Stephen Cardullo (20) hit a two-run home run down the left field line to provide the first two runs. Three batters later, Richie Shaffer (25) launched a two-out, two-run home run to left-center field.
Somerset answered in the bottom of the third on a two-out solo home run to straight-away center field off the bat of Jimmy Paredes (10).
The Patriots made it a one-run game later in the sixth. Somerset loaded the bases with two outs before Scott Kelly grounded a two-run single up the middle to make it a 4-3 score.
High Point responded and put the game out of reach in the next half inning. The Rockers plated six runs in the top of the seventh, including a Hector Gomez RBI single, a run-scoring wild pitch and Shaffer (26) grand slam.
Neither team plated a run the rest of the way.
Yovan Gonzalez and Kelly finished the game with three hits a piece.
Matt Sergey (W, 3-2) earned the win after he allowed three runs over 5.2 innings of work. David Holmberg (L, 2-7) yielded four runs over five innings to take the loss.
The Patriots and Rockers conclude their three-game series Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Liam O’Sullivan (5-8, 3.18 ERA) will toe the rubber for Somerset against High Point righty Craig Stem (4-3, 2.68 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.
The game will feature an appearance from Red Titan Ryan and Combo Panda, along with free T-Shirts for the first 2,000 fans and a sports memorabilia auction after the game by Joe Bodnnar's Auctions featuring for team-signed commemorative Patriots jerseys. The auction proceeds will be donated to Operation Shoebox New Jersey, For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark or call (908) 252-0700.