Austin Wells hits a three-run homer for Somerset. Photo: Somerset Patriots.

Richmond, VA – On Wednesday afternoon, the Somerset Patriots (13-9, 57-34) solidified their seventh shutout win of the season, 6-0 over the Richmond Flying Squirrels (7-15, 47-44).

Allowing only two total hits to Richmond, the shutout was started by Yankees No. 11 prospect Luis Medina and finished the trio of Barrett Loseke, Nick Ernst and Matt Minnick out of the bullpen.

The win serves as Somerset’s third shutout during the month of July and it was the second shutout this season started by Medina, tied for the most of any Patriots pitcher (Boyle).

Offensively, the Patriots were led by two late-inning home runs. Jesus Bastidas led off the 7th inning with his career-high 11th homer of the year to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

In the 9th inning, Yankees No. 4 prospect Austin Wells came up with his career-best hit streak on the line and proceeded to smack a three-run home run over the center field wall. He extended his hit streak to 10 games.

Wells has now homered in back-to-back games for the Patriots, after he hit his first Double-A home run on Sunday vs. Reading.

Somerset took its initial lead in the second inning, when Mickey Gasper brought home the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning. Max Burt also collected an RBI single to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead that the Patriots carried into the 7th inning.

The 2022 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue with a double header on Thursday, July 28, beginning at 4:35 p.m. against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) at The Diamond.