BRIDGEPORT, CT- The Somerset Patriots (32-37, 74-65) set a new season-high with 19 hits in a win over the Bridgeport Bluefish (36-34, 77-63) on the final day of the 2017 regular season.
Bridgeport opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with a solo home run from second basemen Jose Cuevas (7).
Somerset responded in the top of the fourth inning with three base hits, including a Joe Maloney RBI single to tie the ballgame. The hit would be the first of Maloney’s tenure with the Patriots.
The Patriots’ bats came alive in a big way in the top of the sixth, plating four runs on five hits to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Kyle Roller forced a run home when he reached on an error, while Mark Minicozzi and D’Vontrey Richardson hit RBI singles. Yovan Gonzalez capped off the inning with an RBI sacrifice fly.
Somerset added a four-spot again in the ninth with an RBI double from Olmo Rosario and RBI singles from Kyle Roller and D’Vontrey Richardson.
Bridgeport scored one more in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Galvez, but Somerset would hold on for a 9-2 win.
Patrick Johnson (2-2) gives up one run over five innings to pick up the win. Ross Seaton (2-4) was responsible for the four-run sixth inning, taking the loss.
Somerset takes a few days off before the start of the 2017 post-season. The Patriots travel to Long Island to take on the Ducks for Game One of the Best-of-Five Series on Wednesday at Bethpage Ballpark.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, 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.