Patriots Pummel Bears

(PR) Newark, NJ – The Somerset Patriots used a pair of four-run innings and 15 hits to pound the Newark Bears 10-3 on Saturday night, evening up a three-game series at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

Four different Patriots drove in a pair of runs starting with Michael Hernandez launching a two-run home run into left in the third inning, putting the Patriots on the board against James O’Donnell. After the Bears answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, the Patriots began a fifth-inning assault that ended after the Patriots batted around, plating four on five hits as Noah Hall drove in a pair while Matt Hagen and Jason Belcher used back-to-back doubles to bring home the other two, giving Somerset starter Mike Thompson a 6-1 cushion with which to work. O’Donnell (2-1) was pushed out of the game after the eighth man in the inning, Elliott Ayala was hit by a pitch. O’Donnell was done after 4.2 innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs.

Thompson (2-1) put runners on base in every inning but pitched effectively over 5.0 frames, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out four. The Bears put two across in the bottom of the fifth inning but were shut out the rest of the way after Ben Grezlovski threw 3.0 innings of shutout relief. Hagen and Belcher would each drive in another run in the ninth, as did David Housel and JR Hopf to put the Bears away and Jeff Kennard would close the door for a Patriots victory.

Somerset (19-14) and Newark (14-19) square off on Sunday night in the rubber match of a three-game as Josh Miller (3-2, 3.83) and Paul Fagan (3-2, 4.20) will take the bump. Coverage begins at 5:55 p.m. from Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on WCTC-AM and online at and

NOTES: Hall reached base all five times, notching three hits, two steals, and a pair of walks…Belcher also tallied three hits…Hagen has a team-leading 25 RBI, his sixth multi-RBI game of the season…Hopf made his first start for Somerset behind the plate and accrued an infield single and an RBI double…Housel’s RBI was his first this season…three of the four ninth inning runs were unearned…Joe Holden started the game and exited after the first inning when he fouled a pitch into his face. Hernandez substituted in for Holden …Ayala also exited after being hit in the helmet in the fifth inning with Housel staying into play…the 10 runs marks the seventh time the Patriots have scored in double-digits…the scoring effort was just the fourth time in the last 12 games that Somerset has scored more than three runs.


One Response to “Patriots Pummel Bears”

  1. DanRodriguez Says:

    Word on Holden is fractured eye socket. Ouch!!

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