BRIDGEWATER, NJ – David Kubiak (6-1) threw a complete game, two-hit gem to lead the Somerset Patriots (30-19) to a 3-1 win and series sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-35) before 6,289 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.
“I was just throwing strikes,” said Kubiak. “That’s pretty much been my plan all year and it’s worked out. [Catcher Yovan Gonzalez] has done such a good job this year. I don’t have to think. He just puts it down and I throw it and its been working well.”
Kubiak struck out seven batters along the way, his one mistake came in the third inning when Josh McAdams hit a go-ahead solo home run (3) to break the scoreless tie.
Somerset tied up the game with a solo shot of their own by Michael Crouse (3) in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The score remained knotted up at 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Gonzalez gave the Patriots the lead with an RBI single.
Somerset then extended the lead with a run on a wild pitch that scored Scott Kelly in the bottom of the eighth inning for the 3-1 final.
James Dykstra (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs- one earned- on three hits in two innings pitched.
The Patriots will continue at home with a 7:05 pm game against the Long Island Ducks at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, June 18th. The game features Bark In The Park Night where fans can bring their dogs to the game. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.