Somerset's Kubiak Freezes Lancaster at 999 Wins
One club or the other was going to reach a milestone on Friday evening. Either the Lancaster Barnstormers were going to notch the 1000th win in the history of the franchise, or Somerset manager Brett Jodie would enjoy his 500th at the helm.
In the end, it was Patriots right-hander David Kubiak pitching his club and Jodie to a 4-2 victory over the Barnstormers in the opener of a four-game weekend series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
For the second straight Friday, Kubiak was brilliant in outdueling Lancaster's Jake McCasland.
Kubiak (3-0) held the Barnstormers to five singles over six shutout innings. He walked three and struck out six, finding the big pitch when needed as the Barnstormers went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position during his stint.
McCasland (1-3) faced the minimum of nine batters over the first three innings, but the Patriots reached him for three runs in the fourth. Craig Massey led off with a single off the glove of third baseman Josh Bell. Alfredo Rodriguez cranked a long double to left, plating Massey with the game's first run. Rodriguez, in turn, scored when Ramon Flores drilled a double into the right field corner. Edwin Espinal's ground out and a wild pitch brought Flores around with the third run of the inning.
Espinal tacked on a solo homer to right in the sixth for the fourth run off McCasland, who gave the Barnstormers seven innings.
The two Lancaster runs came on a two-out homer to right center by Caleb Gindl in the bottom of the seventh off left-hander Luis Cruz. Over the next two innings, the Barnstormers would bring the tying run to the plate twice but could not score again off the Somerset bullpen. Mike Antonini worked the ninth for his eighth save.
Kyle Davies (0-1) takes the hill for the Barnstormers on Saturday against Somerset lefty Brett Oberholtzer (1-0). Fireworks will follow the game. Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:15.
NOTES: Dan Gamache reached on an infield single in the seventh to stretch his hitting streak to nine...The game was Lancaster's seventh straight loss at home...Darian Sandford stole his eighth base of the season...All 12 of Lancaster's homers have been hit left-handed...Lancaster turned a season-high four double plays.
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