Castro Crushes Two To Beat Somerset

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – Six York hurlers combined to four-hit the Somerset Patriots as the Revolution took game two of a four-game set, beating the Patriot for the first time this season 4-1 on a muggy Wednesday night at TD Bank Ballpark.

The four hits from Somerset marked a season-low as the Patriots mustered eight baserunners over nine frames. Their only run came in the eighth inning off of former Somerset reliever Ryan Basner. After Basner sent down the first two men, Elliott Ayala drew a walk and Wayne Lydon followed up by lining a RBI triple to right field. The Patriots had the heart of the order up in the ninth against John Muller who retired the side on six pitches for his third save.

An early scoring chance arose for Somerset in the first inning as Jacob Marceaux took the ball for the Revolution in his first career Atlantic League start. A one-out single by Zach Smithlin was piggybacked by a Noah Hall double, putting two on into scoring position. But Marceaux struck out Matt Hagen and retired Joe Burke on a groundout to finish off the threat. Justin Hampson (1-0), Matt Riley, and Sean Stidfole would work the next three frames in relief of Marceaux, who was extremely effective in 4.0 innings, throwing just 44 pitches without allowing a hit after the first.

Justin Jones was equally efficient early for Somerset, working the first four frames with just two hits against him, needing just 40 tosses to get through unscathed. But the Revolution got on the board in the fifth, kicking things off with back-to-back singles from James Shanks and Ian Bladergroen. After a wild pitch put two in scoring position, Chuck Jeroloman chopped one to Hagen at second who made an off-balance throw home. The ball got away from catcher JR Hopf allowing, not only Shanks to come across, but Bladergroen to come sprinting across as well, giving the Revolution the lead. Jones would finish off the inning but was rudely greeted in the sixth on a first pitch solo home run off the bat of Ramon Castro. Jones (3-2) still threw a quality outing after 7.0 innings and just three runs allowed, two being earned.

Castro would come back in the eighth win one out and duplicate his previous at-bat, this time going opposite field with a home run to right off of Casey Cahill, giving the Revolution a 4-0 lead which was too much for Somerset to overcome as the Patriots’ three-game win streak was snapped.

The scene now shifts to York, PA and Sovereign Bank Stadium as the Patriots (21-15) and Revolution (21-17) finish off their four-game set with Jason Monti (1-2, 2.94) taking the hill for Somerset. He will be opposed by Bob Zimmerman (3-0, 3.09) on Wednesday night with coverage picking up at 6:25 pm on WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: The Patriots are 9-2 against Freedom Division opponents this season…Carlos Hines pitched a scoreless ninth for Somerset…Hampson earned the win as a result of being deemed the most effective reliever at scorer’s discretion…Jones has lost two straight starts after winning three in a row…the game marks the third time the Patriots have only managed four hits, having lost all three games.

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