Patriots Win Second Straight

(PR) Camden, NJ – Three Camden Riversharks errors led to three unearned runs as the Somerset Patriots tallied their second consecutive win, beating the Riversharks 3-2 on Wednesday night at Campbell’s Field.

The Patriots broke a scoreless tie in the 4th inning after starter Travis Chick had sent down the first nine men he faced in order. Wayne Lydon rolled a broken-bat double into right field to break up the perfect game and with Tim Raines Jr. up to bat, Lydon would take off for third base. Korey Feiner’s throw sailed into left field, allowing Lydon to score, giving Somerset the lead. Somerset added a run after an Elliott Ayala double with one out in the 6th. After Lydon reached on an error moving Ayala to third, Raines beat out a double play ball allowing another unearned run to cross putting Somerset in front 2-0.

In his third career start Casey Cahill was impressive allowing just two base hits in his first five innings of work. In the 6th, Feiner and Chris Walker knocked singles against Cahill and Teuris Olivares sacrificed both runners over, pushing Cahill out of the game. Southpaw Brian Henderson entered and after striking out left-handed Garrett Guzman and walking the league-leader in RBI in Brian Burgamy, Henderson faced another lefty in Raul Padron. With the bases loaded, Padron skied a pop-up into shallow right field where Ayala, Noah Hall, and Pete LaForest all watched it drop, allowing a pair of runs to score, denying Cahill his first win as a starter.

Chick (5-4) was masterful over his first seven innings as he retired the Patriots in order in five of those frames. But in the 8th, JR Hopf led off with a base hit with David Housel following up with a bunt single. Joe Burke entered to pinch-run for Hopf and after Ayala struck out, Lydon stood in and took a 3-1 pitch outside for ball four with the runners taking off. In a mirror image of the 4th inning gaff, Feiner’s throw was sent into left field, allowing the go-ahead run in Burke to score. Chick left the game in line for the loss after 7.1 innings, allowing just four base hits without an unearned run against him.

Carlos Hines, Jeff Kennard, and Ryan Houston teamed up for the final three innings of work out of the Patriot bullpen with Houston tossing the 9th for his league-best 17th save.

Somerset (2-4, 38-38) and Camden finish the series on Thursday morning as Josh Miller (6-5, 3.71) and lefty Steve Hammond (6-5, 2.80) will square off. Coverage begins at 11:00 am on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: The Patriots secured their first series win since June 18-20 when they swept the Newark Bears at home…it was Cahill’s 337th professional appearance and third start. He used just 70 pitches to get 16 outs…the four Patriot hits ties the lowest mark this season (fourth time)…three of the four hits came from the 7-9 hitters.

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