Game 115: Somerset 5, York 2

For parts of three different seasons, Saul Solveson was a rock in the Somerset Patriots’ bullpen.

He never posted an ERA over 3.79 in any of his years in Bridgewater, N.J. And he only walked 53 in 111 appearances.

But Wednesday night he took the mound at Commerce Bank Ballpark wearing a different uniform — and with very different results.

Solveson, a career independent leaguer, was tagged for five earned runs in two innings of work and York dropped a 5-2 decision to Somerset before an announced crowd of 5,808. The Revs (25-20, 55-60) saw their lead in the Freedom Division shrink to just two games with the loss.

Solveson gave up an RBI single to Jason Belcher and a two-run single to Elliot Ayala in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Then he gave up a two-run double to Ryan Radmanovich in the seventh to give the Patriots (20-24, 60-54) a comfortable cushion. It was Radmanovich’s first game action since playing for Team Canada in the Olympics in Beijing.

York scored its only runs of the game in the eighth inning. Kennard Jones’ RBI double plated Matt Dryer for one score and Keoni De Renne drove home Jones with a sacrifice fly. Jones had two of York’s four hits.

Dave Gil made his return to the Revolution rotation with mixed results. He didn’t allow a run but came out of the game after three innings. Gil has been battling biceps tendinitis recently. Somerset’s Jim Magrane picked up the win with only one earned run allowed in 7 1/3 innings.

York will attempt to take two of three games in the series with Somerset with a win Thursday night. York will send Rolando Viera (1-1, 2.75 ERA) to the mound. He’ll face Somerset’s Chris Buglovsky (0-0, 1.80 ERA).

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One Response

  1. It’s no surprise that Somerset knew how to hit off of Solveson. After playing for the Patriots for 3 seasons I’m sure the coaches & his former teammates know his strengths & weaknesses.

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