Somerset Patriots was trying to continue the momentum after a 17-9 win against New Hampshire Fishercats the night before but their offense was kind of cold which faced Bluejays top pitching prospect left hander Ricky Tiedemann. Richard Fitts was on the mound for Patriots as it was a great pitching matchup on paper. Both teams combined for 7 runs, 14 hits and New Hampshire had 2 errors. It was also Autism Awareness at the stadium yesterday.
Bluejays top pitching prospect Ricky Tiedemann showed some great command yesterday but only went 3.2 innings with the 60 pitch mark limit. He gave up 1 run, 1 er, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 58 pitches, topped out at 98 miles and a 1.35 era on the season. Then Sean Mellen came in next who got the win (1-1) for New Hampshire Fishercats went 2.1 innings, 0 runs, 0 er, 0 walks and 2 strikeouts. Next it was Luis Quinones who got the hold (2) going 2.0 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 er, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and a 1.08 era. Last it was Jimmy Brunette with the save (4) but kind of struggled pitching 1.0 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 er, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts and 4.50 era.
Somerset Patriots offense was able to get a run in the first but nothing after that until they made it interesting in bottom of the ninth inning. It felt like Ricky Tiedemann had a game plan set before the game on how he was going to attack the Patriots hitters and it worked. Patriots were able to drive his pitch count up early with the walks, being patient and looking for right pitches to hit. Tiedemann's strikeouts were nasty, they couldn't catch up to it in time and trouble from there. Somerset really couldn't do anything against the bullpen either until the last inning.
The Patriots made it interesting in bottom of ninth inning doing a better job with runners in scoring position with Tyler Hardman, Carlos Narvaez and Trey Sweeney getting rbis late. Juan Crisp got his first hit of the season coming off the bench which was awesome to see. Their offense was just to inconsistent yesterday but the late rally should give them confidence again going forward into the next game.
Richard Fitts had a decent outing for Somerset going 6.0 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 er, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 2 home runs and a 7.36 era. He still needs to work on his command and locating the pitches more in my opinion. But the bullpen did a fantastic job holding the New Hampshire Fishercats to only four runs and not giving up anymore. Tanner Myatt went 2.0 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 er, 0 walks and 1 strikeout. Then Justin Wilson pitched 1.0 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 er, 0 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Before the game yesterday we got to interview Yankees prospect and Somerset Patriots Infielder Max Burt. He talked about his improvements from last year, adjustments at the plate, what he learned from spring training, helping win games with early contributions and his three run home run from the other night. Yankees fans should be excited about Max Burt as he could be a call up candidate for the team.
Look for the Somerset Patriots to bounce back tonight.
Here is my interview with Max Burt