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Patriots' Pitchers Cobble Together Another Shutout Against Skeeters

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Patriots outfielder Jerry Sands high-fives manager Brett Jodie after belting his seventh home run of the season in Wednesday afternoon's 6-0 win over the Sugarland Skeeters. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots (18-8) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (14-12) 6-0 in the first game of a day-night double header at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon.

The Patriots got the scoring started in the third inning on RBI singles by Justin Pacchioli and Aharon Eggleston for a 2-0 lead.

An RBI single by Scott Kelly in the next inning extended Somerset’s advantage to 3-0.

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The Patriots opened up the game in bottom of the fifth inning. Olmo Rosario plated Eggleston with a base hit before Jerry Sands launched a two-run home run (7) to deep center that made the score 6-0.

“He was mixing up his sinker, cutter, and changeup on us all game. I was just trying to get something up to drive it and it got caught up in the wind and out of here,” Sands said.

The Patriots brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Sugar Land broke through with their first hits of the game.

Patriots starter Vin Mazzaro went three perfect innings in a no-decision. Reliever Will Oliver (1-0) picked up the win with three scoreless innings and two strikeouts in his return to Somerset.

“I just wanted to keep the hits and the runs to a minimum, which we did as a staff and leave it to our hitters to produce,” said Oliver.

Kyle Drabek (1-3) took the loss, allowing six earned runs on nine hits in five innings pitched.

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