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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 15: Joey Gallo #13 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate after securing the 5-1 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 15, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Last season JP Sears was tasked with doing a little bit of everything for the Somerset Patriots. Both as a spot starter and reliever in Somerset, Sears went 3-2 with a 4.09 ERA in 15 games, eight starts. Sears would eventually move up to Triple-A where he went an impressive 7-0 with a 2.87 ERA. This year, he’s making an impact on the Yankees.

Sears tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits, while walking two and striking out five. He earned his first major league victory as a result.

The Yankees scratched out only two runs for him, a RBI single by Miguel Andujar to score Aaron Judge, and a throwing error that plated Gleyber Torres.

“I definitely felt more comfortable as I went,” Sears said. “The stuff was sharper each inning I was out there.”

Sears’ folks and his girlfriend were reportedly in the stands to watch his first outing of the season in Yankee pinstripes.

“It was awesome. I had my family here and 15 friends,” said Sears, optioned back to Triple-A after the game. “I got to see them all and it makes it even better because they were here and I look forward to the next one, whenever that is.”

Not bad at all for a guy who once called Somerset home for several weeks in 2021.