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Patriots Blow Lead in 8th, Drop Third Straight Game

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Patriots starter Efrain Nieves went 7.1 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 7 batters. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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SUGAR LAND, Texas - The Sugar Land Skeeters (11-11, 41-51) stormed back for three unanswered runs over the final two innings to shock the Somerset Patriots (11-11, 53-38) Sunday with a a 4-3 walk-off win at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters took a 1-0 lead in the first inning without recording a hit. A pair of walks, a runner-advancing groundout and a sacrifice fly from Kevin Ahrens provided Sugar Land with the early lead. Somerset later tied up the ballgame in the fifth on an Alfredo Rodriguez sacrifice fly.

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Kyle Roller gave the Patriots their first lead of the series in the eighth inning with a two-run sacrifice fly. Cole Gillespie made an impressive diving catch in right-center field to rob Roller of a base-hit, but with runners at second and third at the time, both were able to advance home when Gillespie was slow to get up after the catch.

However, the two-run lead was short-lived. Sugar Land leveled the game in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single from Ahrens and a pair of errors leading to a run. 

The Skeeters then won the ballgame in the ninth on a walk-off RBI single from Anthony Giansanti: his first hit of the game.

Felipe Paulino (3-1) earned the win after he tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Ronnie Shaban (3-3) allowed one run over two-thirds of an inning to take the loss.

Somerset continues its six-game series in Sugar Land Monday night. Will Oliver (4-2, 5.01 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots against Skeeters’ righty Bobby Blevins (4-6, 5.40 ERA). First pitch at Constellation Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT and 8:05 p.m. ET.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season which includes the team’s 20th anniversary, are on sale now. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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