Jones Gem Gives Somerset The Win

(PR) Waldorf, MD – Justin Jones took a perfect game to the fourth, faced the minimum through six, and with a season-high 17 hits from the offense, had plenty of cushion to win his second straight start giving the Somerset Patriots an 11-3 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Saturday night at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Jones (2-0) did not allow a baserunner until the fourth when Shaun Cumberland led off with a single. He was quickly erased after a one-out, inning-ending double play. The southpaw, in front of his family, was just about flawless until the seventh when he allowed the four men he faced to reach, giving up his only run of the game. After exiting, Casey Cahill retired the next three to close out Jones’ line at six-plus frames, four hits, and the single tally against him.

The offense staked Jones to an early lead as Matt Hagen and Joe Burke notched RBI hits in the first inning against Blue Crab starter Kenny Rayborn. Three runs scored in the opening inning, two more came across in the fourth on another Hagen hit and a wild pitch. After allowing a Joe Holden two-RBI triple in the fourth, Rayborn (2-2) was done after 3.2, charged with eight runs, seven earned. Somerset added runs in the sixth and seventh against Matt Petrusek en route to the victory while Carlos Hines gave up two unearned scores against him in the eighth.

Somerset (12-9) maintains a half-game lead in the Freedom Division and looks for a series sweep over Southern Maryland (11-11) on Sunday afternoon. Jason Monti (1-1, 4.32) battles veteran Major-Leaguer John Halama (1-1, 1.61) with coverage beginning at 2:00 pm on 1450, WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: Jones, after a shutout in his last outing and a good finish to his start before that, notched the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak for a Patriot pitcher this year with 14.2 frames tossed without a run…Jones is the first starter to win two straight starts for Somerset this season…eight Patriot starters picked up a hit…Hagen had four hits on the game, driving in four. He is the only Patriot to have four or more RBIs in a game. It was his second four-hit game of the year, his first coming against Southern Maryland on May 9 where he drove in a Patriot season-high six RBI…Wayne Lydon and Tim Raines Jr. both accrued their first three-hit games of the season…after a 2-28 slump, Lydon is 4-for-his-last-8…Holden’s triple was his first of the year.

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