Teller Is Stellar, Tosses A Gem
Lancaster Takes Series Opener Against York, 3-2 Behind Teller’s Arm
Pitching dominated in this rival matchup, and it was Lancaster’s Brent Teller who came out on top in the end.
Teller (3-3) recorded a team and season-high 11 strikeouts against the York Revolution en route to a Barnstormers victory, 3-2. The 11 strikeouts eclipsed his previous season-high was of eight, also against the Revolution.
The right-hander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before yielding a leadoff double to J.C. Encarnacion. Aside from that and three walks, Teller was flawless.
York’s starter Jorge Martinez kept pace with Teller for the majority of the contest, recording nine strikeouts of his own in just six innings of action.
With both pitchers dealing, there was only one hit registered between both teams until the bottom of the fifth inning. Martinez (2-3) became the first to blink, and the Barnstormers gave Teller some run-support.
Andretty Cordero ignited the fire with a sharply hit infield single down the third base line, then Anderson Feliz followed with a ground single through the right side. Jake Hoover placed a perfect sacrifice bunt toward Martinez to move both runners into scoring position.
Devon Torrence snapped a three-game personal hitless streak, roping a double into the right field corner, to put the Barnstormers up 2-0.
An inning later, the Barnstormers tacked on another run courtesy of Kelly Dugan. Dugan continued his dominance of York, smashing his eighth home run against the Revolution this season, and tenth overall.
York turned Encarnacion’s double into a run. Melky Mesa moved him over to third with a deep fly to right. Nellie Rodriguez followed suit and lifted a sac-fly to left, scoring Encarnacion to make the score 3-1.
Teller finished the seventh and entered to start the top of the eighth, but, after getting Connor Lien to pop out, walked the next two batters, prompting manager Ross Peeples to make a switch.
West Tunnell was inserted with runners on first and second, and immediately plunked Edwin Figuera which loaded the bases. York capitalized on the Lancaster wildness on a sac-fly to right off the bat of Troy Stokes Jr. that scored Jack Kenley to decrease the Revolution’s deficit to one.
Tunnell escaped the inning as Encarnacion sent a slow-roller to Cordero at third who scooped it up on the run and made the throw to first to end the threat.
With the Barnstormers failing to add any insurance in the bottom of the eighth, the game was placed in the hands of the righty Josh Graham, who slammed the door shut on the Revolution to secure the save and the win for Lancaster.
The Barnstormers return to action tomorrow, May 28 for Game 2 against the Revolution with the first pitch slated for 6:30. Oscar De La Cruz (1-0) will make the spot start for the Barnstormers against right-hander Eduardo Rivera. Fireworks will follow the game. Fans may also tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel, beginning at 6:25.
NOTES: Lancaster’s starters put up 20 consecutive scoreless innings before Encarnacion scored in the seventh…Teller became the first Barnstormer since Cameron Gann on August 27, 2021 to strike out 11 in a game…It was his third quality start…The Barnstormers have now won seven of their last nine to move to within one game of .500…The club moved into second place and also picked up a game on Southern Maryland…Lancaster now trails by eight.
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