HOMERS LIFT STORMERS TO WIN
It was the long ball that carried the Lancaster Barnstormers to victory at Regency Furniture Stadium on Saturday evening.
Caleb Gindl, Blake Allemand and Alejandro De Aza all connected to lead the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 6-4 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the middle game of a three-game series.
Gindl staked the Barnstormers to a 2-0 lead with a blast to right center in the top of the second. Lancaster tacked on a run in the third as Blake Allemand crossed from third on a double play ball off the bat of LeDarious Clark.
Brent Teller (4-1) retired the first 10 batters he faced before allowing a triple to right center off the bat of Rubi Silva. Jovan Rosa drove in Silva with a single to left, and David Harris followed with a booming homer to left, tying the game at 3-3. Teller loaded the bases on walks but got out of the inning when Michael Baca rolled a grounder to short for a force play.
Allemand slugged a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, staking Lancaster to its second lead off Misael Siverio (1-4, 1-7). This time, the lead held. Silva tripled to right center again in the fifth and would score on a two-out double yanked to left by Harris. Teller pinned the tying run at second and turned the game over to the bullpen.
Lancaster’s only hit for the remainder of the night was De Aza’s opposite field shot to the corner of the picnic deck in left with two outs in the seventh.
Meanwhile, four Lancaster relievers each stared down a threat to pitch a scoreless inning. Garrett Granitz hit Joe DeLuca with a pitch and needed a great play in the hole by Melvin Mercedes to pick up the second out on Jordan Howard. In the seventh, Donald Goodson gave up Silva’s third extra base hit, a double off the left field wall but retired both pinch hitter Tucker Nathans and Harris to end the inning. Ryan Eades allowed a single and a walk in the eighth but retired Baca on a fly out to left to quell the threat.
In the ninth, Scott Shuman retired Matt Hibbert on a pop up and struck out Silva. The right-hander fired a first pitch strike to pinch hitter Bronson Butcher then hit him with a fastball. David Harris stroked a grounder to third which was momentarily bobbled by Allemand for an error. Shuman then struck out Zach Collier to end the night with his 18th save.
NOTES: Gindl hit his 17th homer on the road and sixth off a left-handed pitcher…The Barnstormers are now 10-7 against Southern Maryland on the season…Shuman has allowed one earned run in his last 24 innings.