Wells & Hardman Homers Not Enough for Patriots Against Portland
Austin Wells and Tyler Hardman once again crushed the long ball for the Somerset Patriots, but it was not enough in a 4-3 loss to the Portland SeaDogs. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Somerset.
The Patriots can win this six-game series with a victory on Sunday afternoon at 1:05.
Wells and Hardman went back-to-back with home runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump start the Patriots to a 2-0 lead, just moments after the franchise commemorated 25 years at TD Bank Ballpark.
Wells’ homer was his ninth of the year overall, and eighth this season with Somerset.
Hardman’s blast, which left the bat at 111.5 mph, was the slugger’s 11th of the year.
BACK-2-BACK JACKS— Somerset Patriots (@SOMPatriots) June 3, 2023
Tyler Hardman has homered in 3️⃣ straight games, as he follow’s Wells act with his team leading 11th long ball of the year! pic.twitter.com/Q01LGwRaAa
The Patriots couldn’t maintain that lead as Blas Castano was charged with all four runs for Portland.
The Sea Dogs tied the game on a two-run double by Phillip Sikes in the fourth inning. A RBI ground out by Ceddanne Rafaela put the Dogs in front 3-2 in the fifth. Finally Niko Kavadas hit a solo shot in the sixth to put Portland up 4-2.
The Patriots woud chip away in the seventh on Jasson Dominguez’s RBI single, but they could capitalize on a great opportunity with two runners on and one out in the bottom of the eighth when Jession Rosario struck out and Anthony Seigler was thrown out at second base.
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