INDEPENDENT LEAGUES – Chris Oxspring
Chris Oxspring has featured in some dubious record breaking events this year for the struggling Somerset Patriots says Ryan Dunleavy of MyCentralJersey.com
Next year’s version of the Somerset Patriots’ record book will look like a week-by-week transcript of a season Sparky Lyle hopes to soon forget.
The only manager of the Patriots watched Tuesday night as a dubious achievement — 11 runs allowed in one inning — earned a spot in franchise history for the sixth time this season.
The record-setting rash is a byproduct of the Patriots’ worst season since their infancy. Here is a look at  of the revisions that need to be made to the record book:
Most hits allowed in a game (25): Most of the excitement generated by gaining a clean slate at the start of the second half was tempered after the Camden Riversharks formed a hit parade in a 14-9 win on July 16. Starting pitcher Chris Oxspring allowed 12 hits in the first three innings, but the Patriots still brought a 9-8 lead into the ninth inning, when previously untouchable closer Andrew Dobies gave up six runs on six hits.
Most runs (20) and home runs (5) allowed in a game: The seven runs that the Ducks scored off Oxspring in the first inning of his Patriots’ debut was only a precursor of a long June 4. The Ducks, who won 20-8, added eight runs in the seventh and became the first team to reach 20 runs against the Patriots when Ray Navarrete burned his former team by hitting a home run in the eighth. Five different players homered.