Your First Place Somerset Patriots…

(PR) York, PA – Noah Hall served an 0-2 pitch into right field bringing home Wayne Lydon, giving the Somerset Patriots an 8-6 win over the York Revolution on Wednesday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

With two out in the ninth and a 6-6 score, Lydon fought back from down 0-2 to draw a walk against York closer Francis Beltran. After Beltran (0-2) got ahead of Hall, who had come into the game in the fifth inning, Hall lined a base-hit, scoring Lydon to give the Patriots the lead. The Patriots would add an unearned run to give Ryan Houston a two-score cushion in the bottom of the frame and he would save his third game in three chances, ensuring a five-game winning streak and a share of first place in the Freedom Division.

The Patriots trailed going into the eighth but a leadoff double from Jeff Nettles put the tying run on base against Jason Richardson. David Housel came into pinch-run for Nettles and Pete LaForest, who earlier hit a two-run home run, brought in Housel for his third RBI of the game, tying the score at 6-6. In a wild game, the lead changed hands four times as the clubs went back and forth. Patriot starter Justin Jones gave up four runs in four innings of work but was taken off the hook when Somerset put up three runs on York starter Shane Youman in the fifth. Nettles smacked a two-run home run over the Arch Nemesis wall in left field to highlight the frame, giving the Patriots a 5-4 lead at the time. But York runs in the fifth and sixth off Jason Monti gave the Revolution a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh.

Brian Henderson held the Revs, throwing a perfect seventh inning and after the Patriots came back to tie it in the eighth, escaping the bottom of the frame. Henderson (1-0) allowed a leadoff single to Salomon Manriquez who was sacrificed to second. But the Somerset southpaw came back to strike out Charlie Lisk and get Chuck Jerolomon to ground out, ending the York charge and holding the game at a deadlock.

Somerset (6-5) has a share of first place and looks for its second straight series sweep on Thursday as Tom Mastny (1-0, 0.00) takes the hill for his second start against York right-hander Bob Zimmerman (1-0, 5.00). Coverage begins at 6:25 on 1450, WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: Hall entered the game in the sixth inning after Ryan Freel was ejected…York manager Andy Etchebarren was also thrown out in the third, arguing a fielder’s choice that resulted in a fielder’s obstruction call, leaving two runners on….Hall scored the unearned run in the eighth on a Housel fly ball that was dropped by left-fielder James Shanks…Monti allowed five hits but induced two double plays to limit the damage…the Patriots have hit two home runs in a game for three straight contests…the 3:39 game was the longest the Patriots have played this year.

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