BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The New Britain Bees (36-33, 70-67) scored a run in each of the least three frames to power past the Somerset Patriots (26-40, 68-68) 5-4 on Friday night at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Bees began the scoring in the first when Jonathan Galvez singled in a run.
Then in the fourth, New Britain added an unearned run as Zach Collier hit an RBI single which scored Ozzie Martinez who reached on an error to start the inning.
Will Kengor reached base to begin the bottom of the fourth and Edwin Espinal drove him in on a sacrifice fly to put Somerset on the scoreboard and to make it a 2-1 game.
The Patriots’ showed some power in the sixth inning. Kengor (15) led off the inning with a home run to tie the contest and later in the inning Jimmy Paredes launched his 13th home run of the season to put Somerset ahead 3-2.
The Bees tied it in the seventh on a Jared James RBI single. In the eighth, Rando Moreno drove in another run to extend the New Britain lead.
Michael Ohlman tied the contest with a two-out, RBI double down the left field line in the eighth inning.
The Bees would push across the go-ahead run in the ninth. Galvez drove in Jared James on a fielder’s choice groundout to give New Britain a 5-4 lead.
With the loss, the Patriots are eliminated from playoff contention.
Grant Black (1-1) earned the win after he allowed a run in the eighth inning.
Duane Below (2-2) was handed the loss after allowing the game-winning run to score in the ninth.
Jim Fuller (25) pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth inning on his way to the save.
The Patriots continue their home stand Saturday night against the New Britain Bees, with a fireworks show following the game. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.