Buddy Baumann was brilliant, and for once, the Barnstormers gave him plenty of backing.
The lefty fired a four-hit shutout against the Somerset Patriots, pitching the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 10-0 victory on Thursday evening to complete a three-game sweep of the Pats. It was the fourth straight win for the ‘Stormers, the club’s longest winning streak of the season.
Baumann (4-7) picked up his second win in a row and fired his fourth complete game of the season, tying Southern Maryland’s Daryl Thompson for the league lead. The Missourian retired 18 of the first 19 batters he faced, allowing only a single by Will Kengor over the first six innings.
He walked Alfredo Rodriguez to open the seventh but cancelled that on a double play off Kengor’s bat. Edwin Espinal and Justin Pacchioli picked up singles in the eighth, but manager Ross Peeples stuck with Baumann for the ninth. Somerset, which never advanced a runner to third base in the game, got only a two-out double flared down the right field line by Michael Ohlman in the final frame.
Baumann, who struck out five, finished the night with 126 pitches.
The Barnstormers gave their starter ample support in the first inning alone. Caleb Gindl picked up a one-out walk on four pitches from Vince Molesky (3-1) and moved to second on the first of three hits by Joe Terdoslavich. K.C. Hobson walked with two outs to load the bases. Andrew Aplin singled home two with a liner off the right field wall. Greg Golson doubled home two more with a shot to the gap in right center.
Lancaster scored four more in the fourth, three on Terdoslavich’s 14th home run of the season to extend the lead to 8-0.
Golson, with the fourth of his hits, singled home an unearned run in the seventh. Destin Hood capped the scoring with an RBI double to right center in the eighth.
Southern Maryland comes to town to open a three-game series on Friday night. Kyle Davies (4-8) will make the start for the Barnstormers. Friday is the annual Christmas in July promotion at Clipper Magazine Stadium. As a gift for attending, fans will receive warm socks while supplies last. The game will be broadcast on the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:45.
NOTES: The nine-inning shutout was the first by a Barnstormer since August 14, 2016 when Bryan Evans shut down Long Island on a two-hitter…Terdoslavich is 16-for-30 (.533) with 10 RBI in an eight-game hitting streak…Golson is 8-for-11 in his last three games…Aplin has hit safely in six straight, going 10-for-24 with seven RBI…Lancaster had scored more than five runs only twice in Baumann’s first 14 starts.