Buddy Baumann fired his fourth quality start of the season against the Sugar Land Skeeters. He and his ballclub have yet to win one.
D.J. Peterson produced the only runs off the left-hander with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, and the Skeeters won their third straight, 4-2, over the Barnstormers at Constellation Field.
Peterson’s homer, his first in the Atlantic League, followed a fielding error by Zach Shank on Denis Phipps’ grounder into the hole at shortstop that started the home second.
Otherwise, Baumann was fabulous. The Missourian allowed only three hits over seven innings while walking two and striking out seven. He is 0-3 in his four starts against Sugar Land but has a 2.00 ERA, yielding only six earned runs in 27 innings of work.
Sugar Land starter Troy Scribner also went seven innings, throwing shutout baseball. Scribner (3-3) issued two walks and struck out nine while surrendering only four hits. Lancaster never advanced a runner to third base during the Connecticut native’s stay in the game.
The Barnstormers almost got Baumann off the hook in the top of the eighth against left-hander Daniel Schlereth. Caleb Gindl laid down a bunt single. Joe Terdoslavich and Andrew Aplin followed with walks to load the bases. Destin Hood, flied out to deep left center to score Gindl and send Terdoslavich to third. Terdoslavich, battling slick footing, slipped and fell, trying to get back on a pickoff throw by Albert Cordero, largely ending the threat.
Sugar Land picked up its final two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out single by Phipps. Parker Morin slammed a homer to right off Matt West in the top of the ninth. West walked Shank but retired Devon Torrence and Gindl to end the night for his fourth save.
Jared Lakind (4-4) makes the start for the Barnstormers on Thursday night against lefty Matt Purke (3-4). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 7:45 EDT.
NOTES: Aplin picked up a double in the sixth inning on a fly ball lost by right fielder Zach Borenstein…It extended Aplin’s hitting streak to 12, one shy of the club high for the season…Baumann’s effort was his ninth quality start overall…He has 92 strikeouts in 101 innings.