Three first-inning runs helped the Somerset Patriots (2-0) to a 5-1 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (0-2) at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday.
Yunesky Sanchez got on base two times in the game for the Somerset Patriots. He scored one run and had one RBI. He homered in the second inning.
Erik Arnesen's nine strikeouts helped the Somerset Patriots to the victory. Arnesen allowed one earned run on six hits and no walks over six innings.
Brian Barton was solid at the plate for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Barton went 3-4 and scored one run. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the eighth inning.
Gabriel Hernandez couldn't get it done on the mound for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, taking a loss. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, walked three, struck out two, and allowed four runs.