BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots (19-28, 61-56) downed the Lancaster Barnstormers (19-27, 43-73) 5-3 on Thursday night at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Patriots jumped in front with a run in the second inning. Gabriel Bracamonte singled with an out, then advanced to third on a Craig Massey single. With two outs in the inning, Bracamonte scampered home on a wild pitch.
But in the third, Lancaster plated two to take the lead. Caleb Gindl singled and later scored on a Destin Hood RBI single, while Joe Terdoslavich walked and scored on a Jimmy Paredes throwing error.
The Patriots rallied, scoring a pair of runs to regain the lead in the fifth inning. Massey singled with one out, then stole second base and advanced to third on a balk. With the infield drawn in, Scott Kelly smacked a double down the left field line to score the run. Then Will Kengor, two batters later, delivered a two-out RBI double to set Somerset ahead 3-2.
Michael Crouse (9) powered a solo home run to center field to lead off the seventh inning.
The ‘Stormers got a run back in the eighth on a Michael Martinez (8) solo home run to make it a 4-3 game.
However, the Patriots extended the lead to two in the bottom of the inning. Edwin Espinal opened the inning with an RBI double and pinch runner Rey Navarro later scored on a two-base passed ball to push Somerset ahead 5-3.
David Holmberg (2-5) earned the win in his five-inning effort. The lefty allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits.
Jonathan Albaladejo (2-9) was tabbed with the loss allowing four runs on nine hits across six innings of work.
Nate Roe (1) collected his first save of the season for Somerset pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Patriots hit the road for seven away gamesbeginning on Long Island. The Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, Sept. 6th. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com