Stassi Extends On-Base Streak
(Bridgewater Township, NJ– August 5, 2018) – The Somerset Patriots (19-8, 54-36) defeated the New Britain Bees (12-13, 45-43) 4-3 in walk-off fashion at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday evening to take three of four games in the weekend series between Liberty Division rivals. New Britain loses for the fourth time in 2018 in the opposition’s final turn at the plate offensively.
New Britain starting pitcher Devin Burke registered a no-decision in the ballgame after allowing three runs on five hits across five and one-third innings pitched, walking three while striking out five and tossing a wild pitch. Somerset starting pitcher Vince Molesky also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, giving up two runs (one earned run) on two hits in six innings of work, walking and striking out three.
New Britain took a 1-0 lead versus Molesky just three batters into the ballgame when Deibinson Romero plated Darren Ford with a run-scoring base knock after Ford doubled to the opposite-field in right on the first pitch of the night thrown by the right-hander. Somerset tied the contest at one in the home half of the second inning by way of a one-out RBI base hit from Endy Chavez that scored Mike Fransoso. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, the visitors got even on a two-out seeing-eye single off the bat of James Skelton against southpaw reliever Mike Antonini which allowed Matt Tuiasosopo to cross the plate after he led off the frame with a double into the left field corner. The battle remained deadlocked at three all the way to the bottom half of the ninth inning when the Patriots went to work against losing pitcher Sammy Gervacio (0-2).With one down, Chavez singled to center and was then lifted for pinch-runner Justin Pacchioli, who immediately proceeded to steal second base. A ground out by pinch-hitter Jayce Boyd advanced Pacchioli to third. With the winning run ninety feet away, Craig Massey ended a long Sunday of baseball with a two-out walk-off single to right, scoring Pacchioli with the winning run, handing reliever Ryan Kelly (2-2) the victory. Brock Stassi drew a free pass in his opening plate appearance, extending his on-base streak to a season-high 15 consecutive games overall. Five different players each had one hit in the losing effort for New Britain. Photo provided courtesy of the New Britain Bees.
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