Patriots Win Marathon In York

(PR) York, PA – Michael Hernandez’s 12th-inning homer over the 38 ½-foot Arch-Nemesis wall in left field was the difference as the Somerset Patriots defeated the York Revolution 11-10 in 12 innings on Tuesday night, evening up a four-game home-and-home series. Hernandez’s homer off AJ Murray marked the first run of the game since the 6th inning. The long ball, combined with seven shutout innings from the Patriot bullpen, was enough to edge the Revs in a 4:06 marathon.

Murray (0-1) entered in the 10th inning, tossing two innings of scoreless relief with just one baserunner against him. After Hernandez ran the count full and fouled a pitch away, he turned on a Murray offering for his first homer of August. With a one-run cushion, Scott Williamson – in just his third Patriot outing – gave up a leadoff single to Liu Rodriguez in the 12th after pitching a perfect 11th. Steve Haake stood in and sent a fly ball to left center field. As the ball neared the ground, Wayne Lydon sprinted into the gap, slid down to a knee to make a backhand catch, robbing Haake of a hit. Erold Andrus then promptly chopped a pitch to first base where Joe Burke initiated a game-ending double play giving Williamson (1-0) his first victory as a Patriot.

Starters Jason Monti and Jarod Plummer did not factor into the decision. Monti allowed eight runs with just one of the being earned over 4.0 innings of work, surrendering 10 hits. After the Revs took the early 1-0 lead, Somerset scored four runs in the 2nd with five consecutive base hits, including a Lydon triple. York bounced back with runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings, cutting the lead to one. Another Lydon RBI gave Somerset a 5-3 lead after the top of the 4th but five unearned runs crossed against Monti in the home half. A Matt Hagen error on a groundball allowed a run to score, a wild pitch brought home the tying run, and a James Shanks three-run homer put York up 8-5. Two runs against Casey Cahill in the 5th gave York its largest lead when Ramon Castro drove in his league-best 74th and 75th RBIs.

Somerset’s bullpen was nearly untouchable after that as Cahill threw the first perfect inning of the night in the 6th, while Ben Grezlovski pitched two scoreless frames while leaving the go-ahead run at third base in the 8th. Jeff Kennard did not allow a hit in the 9th or 10th, retiring Castro, Jose Herrera, and Shanks in order to finish his outing.

Plummer exited after 5.0 innings in line for the win with a five-run cushion. But the Patriot offense put together a five-run 6th against Vince Perkins and Jim Heuser. Perkins gave up hits to Hernandez and Elliott Ayala, a run-scoring triple to score one. After a couple of walks and wild pitch to score another run, Heuser entered and gave up Lydon’s second triple, bringing Somerset within a run. With Noah Hall at the plate and the infield drawn in, a grounder was hit to second base where Rodriguez dove to snare it but Lydon scored after taking off on contact, tying the game.

The game remained tied all the way to the 12th with Somerset’s best chance coming against Sean Stidfole in the 9th. Hagen singled, Hernandez walked, and Ayala sacrificed them over. Iggy Suarez lined a shot to left where Andrus made a shoestring catch and fired home to cut down Matt Hagen trying to score the go-ahead run.

The scene shifts back to New Jersey and TD Bank Ballpark as Somerset (13-20, 49-54) and York (15-16, 55-46) play the final two games of the set. Wednesday night will feature Jon Ellis and Corey Thurman as coverage begins at 7:00 pm on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: The game was the longest played by Somerset this year…Lydon finished 3-7 with four RBIs, a season-high for runs driven in. Suarez also notched three hits.

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