NEW BRITAIN, CT.– The New Britain Bees (26-26, 61-60) beat the Somerset Patriots (19-34, 61-62) 5-4 in walk-off fashion at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday night.
New Britain started early with a run in the first. Darren Ford reached on an Alfredo Rodriguez throwing error, then stole second base. With two outs in the inning, Jonathan Galvez reached on an infield single and Ford was able to score from second.
But in the second, Somerset jumped in front. Jimmy Paredes (9) mashed a leadoff home run and later in the inning Rodriguez doubled down the left field line. Then, Craig Massey singled in a run to push the Patriots ahead 2-1.
In the third, Will Kengor (13) began the inning with Somerset’s second leadoff home run of the night, and the fourth of the series for the Patriots.
New Britain answered in the fourth with a pair of runs. After Ozzie Martinez walked to begin the inning, Zach Collier hit his fifth home run of the season over the wall in right field to tie the game at three.
Somerset plated a run in the seventh when Paredes smoked a two-out RBI double off the wall in right field, but the Bees got it back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Jason Rogers run-scoring double.
In the ninth, with the bases loaded, Martinez worked a bases loaded walk to score the game winning run.
Jim Fuller (7-2) earned the win after working a scoreless ninth inning.
Stephen Perakslis (0-2) was handed the loss after he allowed the game winning run to score in the ninth.
The Patriots continue their road trip Thursday with the final game of the series against the New Britain Bees. First pitch is at 6:35 pm.
The Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, Sept. 6th to open a series against the High Point Rockers. The night will feature a postgame fireworks show. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.