The Lancaster Barnstormers have two missions for the weekend.
One is to find a winning combination for the second half of the schedule. The other is to keep the York Revolution from completing their surge to overtake Sugar Land for a first half title.
Lancaster returns home to close out the first half of the schedule after falling, 2-1, to the High Point Rockers Thursday evening at BB&T Point.
The Barnstormers wasted another strong effort from right-hander Kyle Davies (4-6), who lost his fourth straight decision. Davies threw his eighth quality start of the season, lasting six innings while allowing six hits and the two Rockers runs. He walked no one and struck out six.
He only received support in the first inning. Devon Torrence, playing his first game in the leadoff spot, drew a five-pitch walk, stole second, took third on a fly ball by Michael Martinez and scored on Dan Gamache’s sacrifice fly to center.
Six High Point pitchers shut down the Barnstormers on five hits over the remainder of the night. The only other ‘Stormer to reach third base was in the seventh inning when Parker Morin stung a single up the middle and advanced two bases on Torrence’s bloop double down the right field line.
Davies carried a two-hit shutout into the fifth when Richie Shaffer launched his 14th homer of the season with the assistance of a strong tail wind. The tie held into the bottom of the sixth. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Davies yielded a single to left center by Quincy Latimore. Latimore stole second and scored when Viosergy Rosa laced a double inside the first base line.
Chase Huchingson (3-1) picked up the win for the Rockers. Ryan Kelly earned his first save.
The Barnstormers host York at 7:00 on Friday evening. Jared Lakind (3-2) makes the start for the Barnstormers against right-hander Mitch Atkins (4-4). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:45.
NOTES: Alejandro Chacin had to wiggle out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh to throw his seventh consecutive scoreless outing…Scott Shuman ran his streak of consecutive batters retired to 11…Torrence’s double in the seventh was his first extra base hit of the season.