Patriots Power Rally Keeps Their Championship Hopes Alive
The house was a-rocking at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater New Jersey last night. A sold out packed crowd was on hand to cheer on their Somerset Patriots as they took on the Long Island Ducks in game 3 of the Atlantic League Championship Series. The Patriots, who came into tonight’s game down 0-2 to the Ducks in this best of 5 series, had their back against the wall and needed to win game 3 to keep their championship hopes alive. They got that win last night by rallying from 3-0 down to defeat the Ducks 5-4 in 10 innings.
The biggest hero for the Patriots in this must win game, was right fielder Corey Aldridge who hit 3 home runs, including a walk off home run in the bottom of the 10th to win the game for the Patriots. “Any win is a big win,” said Aldridge, whose addition of his 3 home runs made him reach 6 home runs overall in the playoffs, which is an Atlantic League postseason record. Aldridge commented on his home run tear so far this postseason and said, “I’m just taking what I do in the cage and in batting practice to the field…There is no reason right now to be nervous or start press…Just have to go out there have fun and try to win.”
The funny thing about Aldridge hitting 3 home runs last night was that he said he would do just that in his interview with the media before the game. Aldridge said about his pre-game comments, “I mean it feels good regardless to hit home runs in general…I have down 5 times in my career the past 8 years, so I mean it’s always a good thing to do, and it’s something you want to do which is the most important part.”
In addition to Aldridge’s 3 home runs, the Patriots had 5 runs overall and scored all of them via the long ball. Catcher Adam Donachie, who hit one of the home runs, commented about the power serge and said, “We’re just trying to score runs and put up more than they did and it just happened we hit the home runs today to score all the runs.”
Another big part of the win for the Patriots was their bullpen. After starter Erik Arnesen gave up four runs on ten hits through seven innings of work, the Patriots bullpen pitched 3 scoreless innings and allowed the Patriots to tie the game up and win in extra innings. Relief Pitcher Jon Hunton, who pitched 2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for Patriots, said “Were all in this together and we’re here to win as a team,” when referring to the bullpen shutting down the Ducks’ offense at the end game. Hunton said “Our team has been big all year and we have had a lot of back victories, and it just goes to show you how good we are and how we can overcome different obstacles,” when commenting on the teams’ excellent play at the end of their games throughout the whole season.
The next obstacle for the Patriots to overcome, will be to win Game 4 Saturday night at home to force a game 5 and win an Atlantic League Championship.
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