Skeeters Swat Patriots

Tyler Bortnick applies the tag at second base. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ-   The Sugar Land Skeeters (2-2, 32-42) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-3, 43-31) 12-0 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening.

The Skeeters took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI double by Josh Prince.

Sugar Land blew the game open with a ten-run fourth inning, highlighted by a grand slam by Derek Miller (5) and a two-run double by Cole Gillespie.

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“You have to credit them for stringing a few good at bats together in a row,” said Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We didn’t throw quality pitches in that fourth inning and it snowballed from there.”

Kevin Ahrens (7) added a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning for the 12-0 final.

Mitch Talbot (3-1) pitched six scoreless innings for the win. Efrain Nieves (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits in three innings of work.

Connor Root pitched four innings of relief for Somerset, allowing just a run on two hits.

“Connor did a great job to help us really save the bullpen and put some zeroes up there for us. He did his job today of picking us up,” Jodie added. 

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