The Lancaster Barnstormers struck for four runs in consecutive innings on Friday evening to build a big early lead en route to a 10-3 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the opener of a three-game weekend series.
It was the first starts in seven weeks for Jonathan Albaladejo, who won his first of the season and 32nd in the Atlantic League.
Down, 2-1, the Barnstormers pounced on Michael Kelly (3-4) for the first four spot in the home half of the third inning. Darian Sandford drew his second walk of the night and advanced to second on Michael Martinez’ single into right. Dan Gamache tied the game with a single to left. Caleb Gindl lined to left, but it served only as a brief reprieve for Kelly. Joe Terdoslavich ripped a double into the right field for a 3-2 lead, and K.C. Hobson made it 4-2 with a single to right. The final run of the inning scored on a passed ball.
The Barnstormers matched the output in the fourth. Sandford, leading off for the third time in the game doubled inside the left field line and stole third. He scored when Martinez doubled over the head of center fielder Cory Vaughn. Gamache reached on an infield single, and Gindl singled to left for a 7-2 edge. Additional runs scored on a ground out and Kelly’s second wild pitch.
Albaladejo (1-3), Lancaster’s player/coach, allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) over five innings in his first start since May 7. The right-hander threw 70 pitches before giving way to newcomer Pedro Echemedia, who worked two scoreless frames in his ALPB debut.
Charlie Valerio went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the loss for Southern Maryland.
Kyle Davies (4-4) will match up against Daryl Thompson (4-6) on Saturday at 6:30. Fireworks will follow the game on Farm Show Night at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:15.
NOTES: Sandford swiped his 24th base of the season…Hobson had exactly two hits in a game for the 17th time this season…Gindl (45), Terdoslavich (42) and Gamache (42) are three of the top four in the league in RBI…Lancaster reached double figures in runs for the first time since June 12 at Sugar Land.