LANCASTER, PA. - In just his second start back in the rotation, Logan Darnell tossed his best outing as the a Somerset Patriot (42-27) in a 5-1 defeat of the Lancaster Barnstormers (37-31) Saturday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Somerset started the scoring in the top of the second inning. Scott Kelly and Christian Marrero each drew a walk with the bases loaded to plate the first two runs, before Greg Golson added a sacrifice fly to center and Carlos Guzman added an RBI single to top off the four-run frame.
The Patriots increased their lead to 5-0 on Tyler Bortnick’s RBI single in the top of the fifth. Lancaster added a two-out RBI single from Lastings Milledge in the bottom of the eighth to get on the scoreboard, but could not get closer.
Darnell (4-2) earned the win after yielding just one run over 7.1 innings on five hits with a season-high seven strikeouts. The southpaw at one point retired 12-straight batters and did not allow his lone run until the bottom of the eighth.
“I thought he was able to command everything, mix it up well and keep [the Barnstormers] off balance,” said Patriots manager Brett Jodie.. “He got ahead early in the count, inducing weak contact, which allowed him to work deep in the ballgame. He did a tremendous job tonight.
John Anderson (0-1) took the loss after he allowed four runs on one hit and four walks in 1.1 innings of work.
The Patriots and Barnstormers conclude their three-game set Sunday afternoon in Lancaster. David Kubiak (3-6, 3.37 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Lancaster righty Bryan Evans (5-2, 5.13 ERA). First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium scheduled for 2 p.m.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots season which includes the team’s 20th anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.