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Somerset Patriots Off To Hot Start

The Somerset Patriots, New York Yankees Double-A affiliate, took five of six games from the Harrisburg Senators in their first series of the season. Led by Estevan Florial at the plate, and dominant pitching, they outscored the Senators by a score of 29-13 over the six game set. 

“It's always good to start on the right foot,” Patriots Manager Julio Mosquera told the media. “Our guys came ready to pitch, they came ready to hit, and they did a tremendous job.”

Outfielder Estevan Florial, Yankees #10 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was the story of the week, hammering four home runs and sporting a .318 average over six games. Florial hit a home run in the Patriots first at bat as a member of the Yankees organization on Opening Day. 

Infielder Diego Castillo has also been hot at the plate, hitting .348 with a homer, four RBI’s, and two stolen bases over the series. His fifth inning solo blast on Sunday provided the Patriots with the winning run. 

Donny Sands, Hoy Park, and Thomas Milone also went yard during the first week of the season.

Pitching Was Impressive for Somerset Patriots

Pitching for the Patriots was impressive across the board. On Opening Day, Yankees #4 prospect Luis Gil went 3.2 shutout innings, striking out six. 

On Wednesday, Shawn Semple went four shutout innings, striking out five and allowing only one hit. 

The most impressive outing however came from Glenn Otto on Saturday, going six innings, allowing only two hits, one walk, and striking out six batters. 

Ron Marinaccio was lights out coming in from the bullpen, allowing only one hit in 5.1 shutout innings of work in relief while striking out nine. 

Stephen Ridings did not allow a hit or run in his three innings out of the bullpen, reaching 101 MPH on the radar gun. 

The 5-1 Patriots will hit the road following a day off on Monday, and head to Manchester, NH where they will face off with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for a six game set. They will then head to Hartford, CT for another six games before returning home on May 25th. 

Follow along on Jersey Sporting News all season to stay locked in on Minor League Baseball in New Jersey.

Eli Fishman

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