Lancaster, PA – The Somerset Patriots (39-19, 85-43) edged the Lancaster Barnstormers (31-28, 67-61) 7-6 in 10 innings Tuesday night from Clipper Magazine Stadium in the series opener.
In the top of the fourth inning Somerset scored three runs to take a 3-0 advantage. First baseman Jeff Baisley and designated hitter Yunesky Sanchez each clubbed RBI doubles while an additional run scored via a wild pitch by pitcher Rich Rundles.
Somerset added three more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Yunesky Sanchez sliced a two RBI single while right fielder Cory Aldridge recorded a RBI groundout.
Left fielder Kyle Russell launched a three run home run (5) to right-center field in the bottom of the seventh as Lancaster cut Somerset’s lead in half making the score 6-3.
Right fielder Ryan Harvey tied the contest at 6-6 as he blasted a three run home run (27) to left field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
In the top of the 10th inning Baisley registered a RBI ground to put the Patriots in front 7-6 which would be the finale score.
Fernando Hernandez (1-0) earned the win in relief. Brodie Downs (1-3) suffered the loss in relief. Jon Hunton notched his Atlantic League leading 36th save of the year.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Tuesday, September 10th when they return home to take on the Bridgeport Bluefish at 7:05 p.m. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.