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Somerset Patriots Lose 6-2 to Binghamton

The Somerset Patriots fall to 60-37 on the season after a 6-2 loss against Binghamton Rumble Ponies. Today's game started at 11:05 as it was kids' camp day with a lot of kids from different camps were in attendance. Both teams combined for eight runs, 16 hits and seven errors during the game.

After scoring nine runs last night, the Somerset Patriots offense struggled today only scoring two in the bottom of ninth inning. Binghamton who is 37-60 has scored 20 runs so far in two games.

The pitching was suspect for Somerset Patriots today starting with Randy Vasquez, who picked up the loss. He pitched 5.0 innings and allowed four hits, three runs (zero earned) and three walks along with a strikeout. Steven Jennings was the first pitcher out of the bullpen, allowing only one hit and striking out one in his inning of work.

Emmanuel Ramirez went 2.0 innings and had allowed only two hits and one walk along with three strikeouts. Nick Ernst closed the game, allowing three hits, three runs (two earned), two walks and one strikeout in his inning of work. The totals for the Patriots' pitching staff were 10 hits, six runs (two earned), six walks and six strikeouts. Pitching needs to cut down on the walks and the defense didn't help by giving up three errors.

The Somerset Patriots' offense was shut down all the way through the ninth until scoring two and trying to make something happen. They were close to getting the tying run on the plate, but Elijah Dunham grounded out to end the game. Third base Max Burt had a two-run double, while the other run was scored on a wild pitch. The Binghamton pitching staff were able to make pitches throughout the game, as the Patriots didn't work the count that much with only forced three walks and striking out nine times.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies pitching was excellent today starting with Alex Valverde. He went 2.0 innings, allowing four hits, zero runs, two walks and three strikeouts.  Jesus Vargas picked up his first win of the season as he pitched 6.0 stellar innings, allowing only hit and striking out four. Grant Hartwig closed out the game, allowing one hit, two runs (zero earned), one walk and two strikeouts in the ninth inning. The Rumble Ponies' pitching line totals were six hits, two runs (zero earned), three walks and nine strikeouts. They kept Somerset Patriots hitters off balance until giving up two runs in the ninth.

Binghamton offense came up big again today with six runs, the day after they put up 14 runs. The Rumble Ponies got runners in scoring position, worked the count well, took advantage of the mistakes and were balanced all day. Nick Meyer, Brett Baty, Ronny Muricio and Luke Ritter all drove in runs today, while the other runs were scored on errors. Even though they are 37-60, Binghamton's offense is still dangerous and hard to navigate sometimes. Look for them to try to keep the momentum going in tomorrow's game.

Top prospect Anthony Volpe didn't play today for Somerset Patriots because of yesterday's long game and wanted to give him a rest day. Expect for him to be in tomorrow's lineup as he will be available for pregame interviews with some of his teammates to the media.

Somerset Patriots who are sitting at 60-37 right now should not be concerned about these two games. They just have to focus on the next game and get better as a team. Look for them to bounce back tomorrow, fixing the small things, be more consistent and play defense. 






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