BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A six-run fifth inning led the Somerset Patriots (27-40, 69-68) to a 7-2 win over the New Britain Bees (36-34, 71-68) in front of 7,481 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.
After a scoreless four frames, New Britain scored n in the fifth on a two-out RBI single from Jared James.
But the Patriots responded with a six-run bottom half of the inning. Jimmy Paredes started the inning with a double down the right field line and the next batter, Alfredo Rodriguez, drove in Paredes with a double of his own.
Then with two outs, Mike Fransoso added a run with an RBI single. After a Yovan Gonzalez double, sixth-year Patriot Scott Kelly plated two with a single to left field. Will Kengor recorded an RBI infield single and would later score on a wild pitch to round out the Patriots scoring and to put them ahead 6-1.
Rando Moreno drove in a New Britain run in the eighth inning, but Rodriguez responded with an RBI groundout to make it a 7-2 score.
Liam O’Sullivan (7-9) pitched 6.1 innings and allowed just one run on six hits. The righty finishes the season with 13-straight starts of six innings or more and has thrown a quality start in 12 of those 13.
Devin Burke (3-7) was handed the loss after he pitched 4.2 innings allowing five runs.
The Patriots conclud the 2019 season Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. game against the New Britain Bees at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.