Bridgeport, Conn. - The Somerset Patriots (5-5, 47-33) controlled Monday night’s ballgame from the first pitch, blanking the Bridgeport Bluefish (6-5, 47-34) with an 8-0 victory in the series-opener at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Click here to view the box score from tonight's game.
Somerset jumped out to an early lead with three unearned runs in the first. Two run-scoring errors by Bridgeport right-fielder Ozney Guillen, along with an RBI single from Mark Minicozzi, provided the early cushion.
A two-out RBI single from Alfredo Rodriguez in the fourth inning extended the Patriots lead out to 4-0 before a Mark Minicozzi (2) two-run home run in the fifth made it 6-0 Somerset. Another run-scoring error in the sixth and a two-out RBI single from Yovan Gonzalez in the eighth topped of the scoring in the ballgame.
David Kubiak (4-7) earned the win after he allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. It marked the second-straight start for a Patriots’ pitcher to toss at least six scoreless innings.
“Not giving them a look at both off-speed pitches was big,” said Kubiak after defeating his former team. “I love a lot of the guys over there - good dudes - but [defeating Bridgeport]] is always nice.”
Charles Brewer (5-3) yielded seven runs (four earned) on eight hits over six innings to take the loss.
Somerset continues it’s three-game series against the Bluefish Tuesday morning. Right-hander Connor Root (0-0, 2.70 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset against Bridgeport righty Mike Aquilino. First pitch at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard is scheduled for 11:12 a.m.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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