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Patriots' Pitching Dominates in Third Straight Win

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NEW BRITAIN, CT. - The Somerset Patriots (9-4) won their third-consecutive ballgame Wednesday with a 5-1 victory over the New Britain Bees (4-7) at New Britain Stadium.

Somerset began the scoring in the top of the seventh inning with a two-out rally. A Darren Ford RBI single and a Olmo Rosario three-run RBI double put the Patriots in front 4-0. The Bees responded in the bottom of the inning on a Jon Griffin RBI single, but stranded the bases loaded to prevent further damage.

An Adam Donachie two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning topped off the scoring. The fifth-year Patriot went 3-4 in the game with an RBI, run scored and a stolen base.

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Patriots’ starting pitcher Mitch Atkins (2-1) earned the win after striking out a season-high nine batters over six scoreless innings of work.

“It felt real good on the mound today,” said Atkins. “[Adam] Donachie made some good calls all game long, we got on a good page early, our games came up with some big runs in the seventh and we got ourselves a nice win.”

Bees’ reliever Brandon Fry (0-1) allowed four runs on two hits and three walks in 1.2 innings to suffer the loss.

Patriots southpaw Aaron Laffey (1-1, 2.70 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset in Thursday’s series-finale against Bees’ righty Brian Dupra (0-0, 3.37 ERA).

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season which includes the team’s 20th anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visitwww.somersetpatriots.com.

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