Eight Errors? Wow.

(PR) Waldorf, MD – The Somerset Patriots took advantage of a franchise-record eight Southern Maryland errors en route to a 12-2 blowout win over the Blue Crabs at Regency Furniture Stadium on Friday night. Eleven of the dozen Patriots runs were unearned.

Somerset put together a trio of runs in the first innings, the only frame where an earned run came across the plate. Three Blue Crab miscues in the first frame were magnified as Joe Burke and Michael Hernandez each notched run-scoring hits, staking Somerset starter Josh Miller to a 3-0 lead, all the offense that the right-hander would need for his third win in five starts. Miller (3-1) put runners on base in five of six innings and stranded six of the eight that reached against him. The 31-year-old allowed seven hits but just one run in his six frames of work.

The Patriots added three unearned runs in the fifth inning on two more Southern Maryland errors, pushing Dan Reichert out of the game. The former Kansas City Royal allowed just two hits in the inning, the big blow being an Elliott Ayala triple. Reichert (1-3) exited after five innings, allowing eight hits, six runs, striking out five. Behind Joe Newby in the sixth, the Blue Crabs committed three more gaffs as 11 Patriots batted in the inning. Iggy Suarez, Wayne Lydon, and Joe Holden all drove in runs to cap the scoring, totaling 14 Patriot hits, 12 of which were singles. Both Burke and Hagen tallied three hit games while Hernandez drove in a trio of runs. The Blue Crabs added a run in the seventh off Jeff Kennard for the final tally of the game.

Somerset (11-9) gets ready for game two with Southern Maryland (11-10) on Saturday night. Justin Jones (1-0, 5.54) takes the ball for Somerset against Kenny Rayborn (2-1, 4.43) in a rematch of Monday afternoon’s meeting. Coverage begins at 6:30 pm on 1450, WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: Lydon was 2-for-his-last-28 before his run-scoring hit…five Patriots had a multi-hit game (Holden, Hagen, Burke, Suarez, Ayala) while four Patriots drove in multiple runs (Lydon, Hernandez, Suarez, Ayala)…Holden is now 10-18 at the plate as he made his fourth start in the last five games…Matt Reilly pitched a perfect ninth inning.

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