By Sports Reporter Sunil Sunder Raj for The Every Day Fan Sports
After compiling five game-winning streaks from May 18th to 23rd and June 13th to June 18th, the Somerset Patriots(50-29) attempted to reach a season-high six games.
Dropping the first two games against the Reading Fighting Phils last week at First Energy Stadium, the Patriots rebounded to win the remaining four games.
Returning home to TD Bank Ball Park this week for a six-game set against the Bowie Baysox. Entering the series, the Bay Sox (46-32) sat in second place in the Double-A Northeast Southwest Division, owning the fourth-best record in the league.
There was plenty of buzz in the ballpark in the series opener with New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino beginning a rehab assignment with the Patriots. Severino recovering from a groin injury sustained back on June 12th while pitching for the Hudson Valley Renegades.
In two and one-third innings on the mound, Severino surrendered two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out four hitters.
Trailing 2-0 in the mid 1st, Somerset responded on RBI doubles from third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera and right-fielder Michael Beltre. Cabrera reached base safely for a 23rd straight game that ranked second-longest on the team this season. The Patriots took the lead in the fourth inning on an RBI single from left-fielder Isiah Gilliam.
Bowie jumped back in front 4-3 in the top 7th on a two-run home run from centerfielder Zach Watson. However, in the bottom half of the frame, it took just one swing off the bat of Dermis Garcia to put the Patriots back in the lead for good. Garcia belted a three-run home run, his 20th of the season to centerfield.
Patriots right-handed pitcher Shawn Semple managing to recover after yielding the two-run home run from Watson, tossing four and two-thirds innings to earn his fourth win of the season. At the same time, Jefry Valdez worked the ninth inning to record his first save of the season.
On Wednesday night, right-hander Hayden Wesneski got the starting assignment for Somerset. In the top 1st Bowie scored twice off Wesneski. A familiar theme from the night before in the series opener is the Patriots answered back to tie the game up.
Recording his first hit in a Somerset Patriots uniform in the series opener, Josh Breaux drove in his first run for Somerset. Michael Beltre followed with an RBI ground out that tied up the game.
Dermis Garcia went yard for a second consecutive game in the second inning, swatting a solo shot over the right-field wall. The Patriots doubled up the lead over Bowie to 4-2 in the fifth inning. Second baseman Oswaldo Cabrera reached base for a 24th straight game with an RBI single.
Meanwhile, Hayden Wesneski settled down after a rough first inning by retiring nine hitters at one point. Departing after five innings on the mound, yielding two runs on four hits, walking one, and striking out seven.
The Patriots were continuing to feed off the long-ball act in the sixth and seventh innings. Dermis Garcia went yard for a second time in the game, slugging a moonshot that bashed off the centerfield wall.
Josh Breaux golfed a massive solo blast in the seventh inning that bounced off the top of the left-field wall, expanding the Patriots’ advantage to 6-2.
Right-hander Ron Marinaccio took over the pitching duties for Somerset Patriots. Marinaccio sparkled on the mound in three innings, allowing one hit and fanning five, including striking out the side in the eighth inning.
Zach Greene worked a perfect ninth inning to close out the Patriots’ sixth consecutive victory.