Double Digit K’s Aren’t Only For Strasburg

(PR) Lancaster, PA – In his 2010 Atlantic League debut, ex-Philadelphia Phillie Eric Junge struck out ten batters in six innings, leading the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 12-4 win over the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Junge (1-0) stranded four batters through the first four innings while his club staked him to a 4-0 lead against Patriot starter Jesse Darcy. Darcy (1-4) allowed four runs in the first two innings on five hits including a two-run homer in the 2nd to Reggie Taylor. But Darcy settled down after the long shot, finishing 6.0 innings, allowing just three hits the rest of the way without giving up another run, striking out four. The Patriot offense, however, struggled against Junge, finally putting two runs on the board in the 5th. After an Elliott Ayala triple, Wayne Lydon drove in the Patriot shortstop, moved to second on a Tim Raines Jr. base hit, and came home following a wild pitch and an RBI groundout from Noah Hall.

The game maintained a two-run spread until the 7th when the Barnstormers faced Jeff Kennard. Kennard allowed a run on two hits and two walks without retiring a batter. Matt Reilly entered and allowed a sacrifice fly, a double, walked three, and hit a batter. Kennard was charged with four runs while Reilly came back for the 8th and dealt a two-run home run to Bryant Nelson. Reilly was also charged with four tallies. David Housel added a two-run homer in the 9th but the game was well out of hand as the Barnstormers beat the Patriots for the first time this season.

Somerset (24-19) will battle Lancaster (17-25) again on Wednesday night as Josh Miller (4-2, 3.29) takes on Jose Sanchez (2-5, 5.56). Coverage begins at 6:25 pm on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: Somerset batters struck out 14 times, a season-high…the Patriots left nine on base and went 1-11 with runners in scoring position. The Patriots have left 69 men on base in the last six games, going 13-75 with runners at second or third…Housel’s homer was his first of the season…the 12 runs by Lancaster is the most allowed by an opponent this season, the third time an opponent has scored double digit runs against Somerset…Lydon notched three hits for the second straight game…the 1-3 hitters in the lineup went 7-13.

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