Official Somerset Patriots Press Release: Reading, PA – The Somerset Patriots (1-2, 45-27) defeated the Reading Fightin Phils (2-1, 31-41) by a score of 6-2 in a late inning comeback on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Tied at 2-2 in the ninth, Anthony Volpe stepped up to the plate with one out and the bases loaded and lined a two-run base hit up the middle for the winning runs.
Randy Vasquez with seven strikeouts in seven strong innings on the mound tonight 💪 pic.twitter.com/nJY6LcXszs— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) July 1, 2022
The Fightins kicked off the scoring in the second inning on a Jack Conley groundout, bringing home Aldrem Corredor. Wendell Rijo then scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to give Reading a 2-0 lead.
Chad Bell (8) crushed a solo home run in the fifth inning to put Somerset on the board, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Jeisson Rosario knotted the ballgame at two in the eighth inning on an RBI single, bringing home Volpe.
Also in the ninth, a bases-loaded walk by Blake Perkins brought home Max Burt, before Volpe scored on a wild pitch, giving Somerset the 6-2 victory.
Volpe is CLUTCH.— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) July 1, 2022
His two-run single breaks the tie and gives us the lead in the ninth inning! pic.twitter.com/RL8V67zaDj
Randy Vasquez allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work, striking out seven in his start for Somerset. Steven Jennings (2-2) earned the win for a perfect eighth inning of work. Brian Marconi (3-4) took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits in 0.2 innings.
The 2022 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road on Friday night with a 7:00 PM game versus the Reading Fightin Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium. Fans can catch all the action on FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM | 1450 AM, the Flagship Station for Patriots Baseball.