NEW BRITAIN, CT — The Somerset Patriots (23-16) allowed a late lead slip away against the New Britain Bees (17-24) in a 6-3 loss Sunday afternoon at New Britain Stadium.
The Patriots opened up the scoring in the top of the first inning on a Danny Dorn two-run single. Vinny Siena (1) followed up with a solo home run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit in half.
New Britain later capitalized on a pair of Somerset errors to take a late lead. A fielding error from Craig Massey in the sixth set the stage for a Deibinson Romero RBI double that tied the game. The next inning, Scott Kelly committed a two-out error before three runs scored to give the Bees the lead. A two-run Romero single and an RBI double from Jason Rogers highlighted the inning.
Somerset got a run back on a Dorn RBI single in the top of the eighth, but the Bees answered on a Jonathan Galvez (3) solo home run in the bottom of the inning to keep it at a three-run lead.
Mark Hamburger (4-3) earned the win after he allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings. The former Patriot at one point retired 17-straight batters and set down 20 of the final 21 he faced. Cory Riordan (3-2) took the loss, yielding four runs (one earned) on six hits, one walk and a season-high 10 strikeouts. Evan Scribner (3) earned a four-out save to close the ballgame.
The Patriots return home to TD Bank Ballpark Tuesday, June 12th to take on the York Revolution at 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.