Official Somerset Patriots Press Release
By Steven Cusumano
Portland, Maine – The Somerset Patriots used an eight-run fourth inning to a fuel a 9-4 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs in game one of the Eastern League Northeast Division Series.
The win is Somerset’s first postseason victory since becoming the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate. With the best of three series turning to Somerset now, the Patriots are one win away from clinching a spot in the Eastern League Championship Series.
Somerset fell behind 3-0 in the game initially, when Niko Kavadas and Hudson Potts hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning.
Then in the fourth, the Patriots pieced together eight runs on five hits, four walks and an error to seal their fate.
Brandon Lockridge brought home the first run on a fielder’s choice. Eric Wagaman brought home the second run on an infield single.
Portland starter Shane Drohan then left the game with the bases loaded. Ryan Zeferjahn came out of the bullpen and failed to retire any of the three batters he faced.
Zeferjahn dealt back-to-back walks to Trey Sweeney and Jasson Dominguez to tie the game and give the Patriots the lead.
With the bases loaded, Austin Wells then gave the Patriots needed insurance with a two-run single.
Sweeney added the Patriots’ final run with an RBI-single in the fifth inning.
Randy Vasquez earned the win for Somerset with 5.2 innings pitched, allowing just the three runs from the back-to-back homers he allowed. After that, Vasquez retired the next 12 he faced.
Following the victory, the series will now shift to Somerset, where the Patriots will have a chance to clinch their first ever Eastern League Championship Series berth.
The Patriots will host the Sea Dogs in game two of the best of three series on Thursday night with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch at TD Bank Ballpark.
Yankees No. 9 prospect RHP Clayton Beeter will get the start for Somerset. Tickets are available at Somersetpatriots.com.
Fans can follow the action live as Steven Cusumano calls the play-by-play on MiLB.tv and FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM | 1450 AM, the Flagship Station for Patriots Baseball, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:20 p.m.