Three More Hits For Atlantic League Batting Leader De Aza
(New Britain, CT – July 3, 2019) – The Somerset Patriots (40-26) defeated the New Britain Bees (33-33) 7-5 in 11 innings at New Britain Stadium on Wednesday night in the fourth of a five-game series between Liberty Division rivals.
New Britain starting pitcher Devin Burke registered a no-decision after giving up four runs (three earned runs) on six hits (one home run) across five innings of work, walking four and striking out three. Somerset starting pitcher Liam O’Sullivan also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, surrendering five runs on eight hits (two home runs) in five innings, pitched, walking one while striking out six and committing a balk. Mike Antonini closed the ballgame out in the bottom half of the 11th frame for his Atlantic League leading 24th save of the season.
New Britain jumped out in front 1-0 versus O’Sullivan in the home half of the first courtesy of solo home run to right field with one man down off the bat of Bijan Rademacher, his seventh big fly of the campaign. With the scored tied at one in the bottom of the third, the Bees plated a pair to go back out in front 3-1 thanks to a two-run tater to straightaway centerfield produced by Jason Rogers, his fifth roundtripper of the year. Down 4-3 in the middle of the fifth, the boys from the Hardware City took their third lead of the ballgame at 5-4 with two more runs by way of an RBI double from Alejandro De Aza that plated Darren Ford after he began the rally with a leadoff single, and a two-out run-scoring base knock from Jonathan Galvez that allowed De Aza to cross the plate. Somerset tied the game at five in the top of the seventh without even having to swing the bat as Dario Pizzano drew a bases loaded walk issued by reliever Tyler Danish. The Patriots went ahead for good in the top of the 11th on a two-run home run to right centerfield by Ramon Flores off losing pitcher Sammy Gervacio (2-5), enabling James Pugliese (3-0) to come away with the victory out of the visitors bullpen as part of a wild contest that saw a combined total of seven ties and lead changes, but in the end Somerset found themselves winners of three of the first four games in the series to remain one-half game behind the Long Island Ducks for first place in the First Half of the Liberty Division Standings while also handing New Britain their six loss in their last seven games played, dropping them back to the .500 mark for the first time since May 25th (13-13) while also falling to 4-3 in extra-inning ballgames in 2019 (snapping a four-game winning streak), including 2-3 when free baseball is played at New Britain Stadium, while also dropping to 0-3 against Somerset this season in extra-inning contests, with all three defeats coming in the Hardware City. De Aza led the way offensively with three hits, increasing his Atlantic League best batting average to .348. Photo provided courtesy of Kim DeGasero.
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