LANCASTER, Pa. - The Somerset Patriots (17-10) fell to the Lancaster Barnstormers (20-8), 11-6, Wednesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Somerset opened up the scoring in the top of the first on an Alex Castellanos RBI single. The lead was short-lived, however, as a run-scoring balk and a Joey Terdoslavich RBI triple in the bottom of the first gave Lancaster a 2-1 advantage.
The Barnstormers added two more runs in the second inning on a run-scoring throwing error from Kyle Davies and an RBI single from Darian Sanford. Adam Weisenburger (3) got Somerset back within two in the fourth inning on a solo home run to right-center field.
Lancaster opened up the game in the bottom of the fourth with a five-run outburst. Anderson De La Rosa began the scoring in the fourth with a two-run double to left field. Blake Gailen later added an RBI groundout that saw a second run score on a Danny Dorn throwing error. A Castellanos fielding error on a groundball hit by Ryan Casteel one batter later allowed the fifth run of the inning to score and provided the Barnstormers a 9-2 lead.
The Patriots scratched back a run in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring fielding error from Lancaster shortstop Vladimir Frias before a Castellanos (4) three-run home run to left-center field in the eighth made it a 9-6 ballgame. Castellanos
finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.
The Barnstormers immediately responded in the bottom of the inning on a two-run Sanford RBI triple to finish off the scoring.
Steve Johnson (3-1) earned the win after he allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. Kyle Davies (0-2) yielded nine runs (five earned) on nine hits over three-plus innings to take the loss.
The Patriots and Barnstormers conclude their four-game series Thursday morning with a single-admission doubleheader. Somerset righty Cory Riordan (2-1, 3.22 ERA) toes the rubber against Lancaster righty Brooks Hall (2-1, 3.00 ERA) in game one. Southpaw Rick Teasley (0-2, 6.75 ERA) takes the mound for the Patriots in game two against Barnstormers lefty Tommy Shirley (3-1, 5.72 ERA)
The Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark Friday, June 1st to take on the Road Warriors at 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com