BARNSTORMERS RALLY FOR DRAMATIC WIN
The Lancaster Barnstormers got a sense of retaliation against the York Revolution on Thursday.
Two nights after York scored eight runs in the top of the ninth to win, 13-12, the Barnstormers struck for three in the bottom of the ninth to eke out a 10-9 triumph and stave off a three-game sweep by the Revs.
With the win, the Barnstormers retook sole possession of third place in the North and remained within 3 ½ of the front running Long Island Ducks.
Alejandro De Aza’s fifth hit of the night, a one-out single to right, triggered the Barnstormers’ rally against Victor Capellan (1-2). Still, it appeared that Capellan would protect the two-run lead when he struck out pinch hitter LeDarious Clark for the second out.
Anderson De La Rosa crept a single over second base to get on board as the possible tying run and left for pinch runner Dominic DiSabatino. Nick Shumpert looped a single into shallow right center to score De Aza with DiSabatino taking third. The fourth hit of the inning was delivered by Cleuluis Rondon, whose jam shot barely cleared Capellan and died behind the mound as the tying run scored. Caleb Gindl delivered the game winner, taking a 3-2 pitch into the right center gap, scoring Shumpert.
Lancaster scored the first four runs of the night. Gindl led off the game with a homer, De Aza singled home a run, and De La Rosa doubled home two in the first.
The next four innings belonged to York. Melky Mesa capped a four-run second with a two-run double off the right field wall. Welington Dotel slammed a leadoff homer to right center in the third for a 5-4 lead. Carlos Castro and Jesus Herrera each homered in the fifth for an 8-4 lead against Francisco Mendoza.
De Aza singled home two runs in the seventh, and Gindl added an RBI double with no one out in the eighth. York was able to expand the lead in the top of the ninth as Melky Mesa greeted Scott Shuman (1-2) with a long homer to left. Shuman retired three of the next four to keep the deficit at two.
The Barnstormers entertain the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in a three-game series over the weekend. DiSabatino (5-3) will make the start for the Barnstormers. It is Space Jam Night at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The broadcast on YouTube will begin at 6:25.
NOTES: De Aza’s 5-hit game was Lancaster’s first since Joe Terdoslavich picked up five hits on August 13, 2019…Gindl homered to open a game for the sixth time…Lancaster set a season high with 19 hits…Granitz went his sixth straight appearance without allowing an earned run…The game lasted 3:34, 14 minutes shorter than average for a home game in 2021.