Somerset Patriots Sweep Lancaster in Four
Added by David Rubin on August 15, 2013.
Bobbie Stevens high-fives his teammates after scoring a run. (Photo by David Rubin)
The Somerset Patriots came into game four of the four game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers playing as hot as any team could be. They won seven of their last ten games played (including three straight heading into Wednesday night). It certainly is an impressive stretch as they prepared for a crucial series against the Sugar Land Skeeters.
It didn’t take long for Lancaster to score, as Ryan Harvey hit a monster shot to left to put his team in front with a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
The Patriots answered back as Adam Donachie continued his hot hitting in the next half inning as he hit a double into the right centerfield gap. After getting moved to third on a groundout by James Skelton, Donachie would score on a Bobby Stevens’ single into center which tied the score at 1-1 after two innings of play.
Angel Sanchez hit a liner up the middle to score Cory Aldridge in the bottom of the third inning to advance the Patriots lead to 2-1. For Sanchez, that was RBI three for him since being signed by Somerset just over a week ago.
James Skelton would score in the fourth inning on a Jonny Tucker single to centerfield giving the Patriots the 3-1 lead. Later in the inning Lancaster skipper, Butch Hobson, pulled starter Lenny DiNardo. DiNardo went 3.1 innings allowing three runs on six hits. He also walked four and struck out two.
The sixth inning saw two more runs score for the Patriots as Aharon Eggleston drove in Bobby Stevens to put the Patriots up by three runs. In the same inning the hot hitting continued as Cory Aldridge singled home Jonny Tucker. The Patriots gave themselves a 5-1 lead at that point.
The Barnstormers came back in the top of the seventh inning and plated a run thanks to Dayton Buller hitting a double into centerfield which would bring Kevin Howard home to score. The Barnstormers took one back as the score moved to 5-2. The seventh inning would be the last for starter Erik Arnesen. He went seven innings while giving up seven hits and two runs. He also struck out four of the Barnstormers. However, the most impressive stat is that he didn’t walk one batter.
Jon Hunton came on in the ninth inning to pick up his 28th save of the season. Somerset picked up the win over Lancaster 5-2 and swept the four game series.
Sugar Land comes into town Thursday for a crucial four game series. Sugar Land is 9-1 in their last ten games played.