Patriots Rally, Beat Bears 6-3

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John-Ford Griffin

BRIDGEWATER– The Somerset Patriots defeated the Newark Bears 6-3 on Monday night at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The Patriots took the series three games to one.

It was a back and forth affair throughout with the Bears cracked the scoreboard first. James Cooper led off the game with a double and came home two batters later on a Scott Spiezio RBI single to make it 1-0 Newark. Somerset came right back in the home half as Wayne Lydon blasted a solo shot to right to tie the game at 1.

The scoring continued in the third as Shawn Williams laced a double to center. A sacrifice bunt and a Cooper RBI single brought him home to put the Bears back up 2-1. Again, the Patriots responded to tie the game as Lydon drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a RBI triple off the bat of Tim Raines Jr.

Newark pushed on top for third time in the fourth as Spiezio and Daryle Ward reached on back-to-back hits to start the frame. Isaiah Kaaihue loaded the bases as he drew a one-out walk and John-Ford Griffin plated Spiezio with a RBI groundout, giving the Bears a 3-2 lead.

Somerset got a run back and moved ahead for good in the home fourth. With two on and two out, Elliot Ayala brought home a run with RBI single and Lydon plated his second on a RBI fielder’s choice and it 4-3 Patriots. The host added two more in the seventh as Noah Hall walked, stole two bags and came home on an error. Joe Burke plated the second run on a two-out RBI double to push the lead to three runs.

Jason Monti (3-3) got the win, allowing three runs while scattering seven hits, with seven strikeouts and two walks over six innings. Vince Perkins (0-2) was dealt the loss, tossing six innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits, with four strikeouts and five walks. Ryan Houston secured his tenth save with a perfect ninth.

The Bears continue the road trip and head to Waldorf, Maryland to take on the Blue Crabs. Game is set for 7:05 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on with David Greenwald providing all the play-by-play.

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