Joe Holden Is Kind Of The Man

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots shut out the Newark Bears 9-0 before 5,683 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after center fielder Joe Holden doubled and scored on a fielder’s choice by second baseman Matt Hagen.

Somerset made it 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Holden reached on a wild pitch following a strikeout and scored on an RBI groundout by Hagen.

The Patriots opened up the game with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, shortstop Elliott Ayala singled, catcher Jason Belcher drew a walk, and first baseman J.R. Hopf followed with an RBI single to score Ayala. Belcher came around to score on an RBI single by third baseman David Housel, and an error on the play allowed Hopf to score. Holden then plated Housel on an RBI single. Left fielder Tim Raines, Jr. followed with a two-run home run (4) for an 8-0 lead.

The Patriots extended the lead on a solo home run by Belcher (2) in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 9-0 final.

Patriots starter Mike Thompson (3-2) picked up the win, allowing five hits and four strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Bears starter Matt Smith (3-6) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits in four innings pitched.

The Somerset Patriots 2010 Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Monday, June 28th when the Patriots return home for a 5:05 pm double-header against the Camden Riversharks. The game includes T-Shirts for the first 2,000 fans as part of a Flemington Centennial Celebration. Great seats are available by stopping by the Patriots Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, by calling (908) 252-0700, or on-line at

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