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Somerset Patriots Lose a Tough One 5-1

Last night, the Somerset Patriots lost 5-1 to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Patriots fall to 71-46 on the season now and they are looking to get back on track tonight. They committed two errors in the game, which the New Hampshire Fisher Cats took advantage of it. The starting pitching for the Patriots was shaky in the beginning but the bullpen came in did a great job to give a chance for the team to come back.

Randy Vasquez started for Somerset Patriots yesterday and picked up the loss to drop to 1-6 on the season. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, one walk and nine strikeouts. Vasquez limited the number of baserunners for the Fisher Cats, but the Patriot's offense was unable to get anything going.

Anthony Volpe hit his 18th homer of the season, but that was the only spark of offense for the Patriots last night. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats' pitching staff limited them to three hits on the night, as they were able to execute their game plan. The Patriots went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and only forced four walks.

Before the game yesterday, the Somerset Patriots held pregame interviews with Yankees top shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe, pitcher Will Warren, outfielder Elijah Dunham and manager Dan Fiorito

Yankees top shortstop prospect Anthony Volpe talking about playing with Giancarlo Stanton for two games at Bowie during his rehab stint

"It was amazing on how he went about his business," Volpe said about Stanton. "Obviously, he is super focused getting back to the team. Just to watch him go to work was the best part for rest of team also."

Dunham and Warren also talked about Stanton's time with the team during the two games in Bowie

"Yea just watching how he went thru his routine, cage work," Dunham said. "He is MVP I think 2016. That guy was top of the game, still is All-Star this year, absolutely great player just learning his routine, how he handles himself is huge."

"Yea Stanton he is a good dude," Warren said.  "You can see through bp, through his routine, patient, activation whatever it is, weight room wise. You can see he takes it all serious doesn't matter how he has gotten, had some much success, always falls back on his routine and you can see that everything he went thru."

Fiorito talked about pitcher Devi Garcia's start yesterday and his success on the mound lately

"Devi has thrown together great outings as of late," Fiorito said about Garcia. "That 10-strikeout game seeing it from the first batter, He was able to go three or four fastballs. To see life on the fastballs, 96 that ride he has, the deception, that's what we see in Devi a couple years back. Seeing that confidence in him is great. Now, he is using that slider. The wipeout he has with it, when he is able to combine those two pitches, his energy willingness to attack hitters and it has been awesome to have him."

Fiorito also talked about catcher Austin Wells' recent success at the plate and adjustments

"Wells has been doing a great job," Fiorito said about his catcher. "We have seen it from day one. The presence in middle of our order is tremendous. He is a huge impact bat, three nights in a row, multi rbi games, doing a great job, has a great awareness about his swing on what adjustments he has to make, communication with Jake our hitting coach. He makes adjustments so fast, and his swing decisions are so good."

Look For the Somerset Patriots to Bounce Back After Last Night's Tough Loss