Lancaster, Pennsylvania – The Somerset Patriots (24-20, 59-48) allowed a late lead to slip away in a 6-4 loss to the Lancaster Barnstormers (22-18, 60-42) Saturday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Somerset jumped ahead in the top of the second inning on a bases-clearing, three-run double to right-center field from Mike Fransoso. Alfredo Rodriguez later raced home from third base on a wild pitch to put the Patriots in front 4-0.
Lancaster broke through in the bottom of the fourth on a Darian Sanford two-out RBI single.
The Patriots got strong relief outings from Nate Roe, Dustin Molleken and Dustin Antolin to keep the score at 4-1 until the bottom of the eighth inning. That is where the Barnstormers rallied to take the lead.
Two walks, two wild pitches, a hit-by-pitch and an infield single loaded the bases and brought Lancaster within two runs. Sanford then lined an RBI single to left field to make it a one-run ballgame before a bases-clearing, three-run double from Josh Bell gave the Barnstormers their first lead of the series.
Somerset went down quietly in the ninth inning.
Joe Gardner (5-9) allowed four runs (three earned) over eight innings to earn the win. Logan Kensing (3-4) yielded four runs on one hit and two walks over one-third of an inning to take the loss. Matt Reynolds (25) earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
The Patriots and Barnstormers conclude their three-game series Saturday night. Vince Molesky (4-2, 2.79 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Lancaster southpaw Nate Reed (10-3, 3.44 ERA). First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Tuesday, August 28th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the Road Warriors. The game includes the third . For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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