Stormers strike out 13 times, drop series finale to Patriots 4-2

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On Monday night the Barnstormers had their troubles at the plate, striking out 13 times and losing to the Somerset Patriots 4-2. The loss is the second in a row for Lancaster and gives Somerset the series win.

13 strikeouts ties a season-high for Lancaster.

Centerfielder Travis Witherspoon perhaps had the worst night at the plate, striking out in all four of his plate appearances. Caleb Gindl, Sean Halton, Lance Zawadski and K.C. Hobson all struck out twice.

Somerset also fell victim to the strikeout, as the Patriots tallied 11 throughout the game. Trayvon Robinson had the team-high with three K’s, but also scored the first run of the game for Somerset in the second inning. Barnstormers catcher Charlie Cutler allowed a pitch to get by him. The ball bounced all the way to the backstop, allowing Robinson to race home from third base.

The Patriots added one run apiece in the following two innings. In the third Mycal Jones singled and Aharon Eggleston reached first on an error by Lance Zawadaki (Zawadski finished the game with three errors). After Eric Harris flew out, Bryan LaHair was intentionally walked, leaving the bases loaded. Matt Fields was then able to hit a ball into the outfield, and Jones scored from third.

In the fourth, Robert Kral hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot that at the time gave the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

Lancaster starter Terry Doyle battled, pitching six innings even though he had allowed three earned runs after just four innings. He took the loss with five hits and four walks allowed, but also had his bright spots and finished with eight strikeouts.

Both teams used six pitchers in the game. Somerset starter Donovan Hand entered the game with only 8.2 innings pitched in six appearances with a 6.23 ERA, but went four innings and only allowed one hit. Since he only pitched for four innings, he did not earn the win. Mike Thomas was the winning pitcher for Somerset, pitching the sixth inning with three strikeouts.

The Barnstormers hit a pair of long-balls tonight, striking first in the fifth inning with Josh Bell’s sixth home run of the season. The home run now ties Bell with Josh Whitaker for the team-lead in home runs. In the eighth inning, Zawadski hit his fourth home run of the season after coming off of the disabled list two weeks ago.

Mike McDade hit in his 18th straight game with his double in the seventh inning. The club record is 20 games, which was done by Matt LeCroy in 2008.

With tonight’s loss, the Barnstormers have now dropped four out of their last five and are now tied with Sugar Land for second place in the Freedom division. Both teams are three games behind the York Revolution. Somerset’s victory tonight puts them a half -game ahead of Long Island for first place in the Liberty division.

Next up: Tomorrow night the Barnstormers will begin a three-game series with the Sugar Land Skeeters at Clipper Magazine Stadium. First-pitch is at 7:00 pm.

Pitching Matchup: Jake Hale for Sugar Land (0-1, 3.64 ERA) vs Bryan Evans for Lancaster (3-2, 4.20 ERA).

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