Gailen, Denker Lift Lancaster To Game One WinSeptember 26, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) Lancaster Barnstormers
Blake Gailen belted the first homer for the Barnstormers while Travis Denker added a pair of solo shots and Fehlandt Lentini launched a two-run blast down the left field line.
The Lancaster win, though, was set up by the first three batters of the fifth inning.
After York had tied the game, 4-4, on a two-out RBI single by Johan Limonta in the top of the fifth, Kody Kirkland reached on a single to the hole at shortstop. Gilberto Mejia, simply trying to advance Kirkland, pushed a bunt up the first base line that died on the chalk. Adam Godwin also pushed a bunt up the first base line. It was fielded by Limonta, who missed the tag and could not get off a throw as Lancaster loaded the bases with nobody out.
Gailen put the Barnstormers ahead to stay with a two-run single up the middle. Tommy Everidge added to the lead with a sacrifice fly to right, and Lentini followed with his line drive homer down the left field line for a 9-4 lead. One out later, Denker ended a rough start for Ryan Feierabend (0-1) with his second opposite field homer of the night.
The Barnstormers jumped ahead, 2-0, in the first on an infield single by Adam Godwin and Gailen's two-run bomb over the picnic tents.
York and Lancaster exchanged homers in the second inning as league slugging champ Chris Nowak took Dwayne Pollok (1-0) onto the hillside in left, and Denker planted his first off the tents in right.
The Revolution found a different way to score in the third. Scott Grimes led off with a single to left and raced to third as Brandon Haveman snuck a grounder under Kirkland's glove in the shortstop hole. Michael Hernandez brought York to within one with a sacrifice fly, and Andres Perez later singled home Haveman to tie the game.
Everidge gave Lancaster its second advantage with a bad hop single that deflected off Nowak, the third baseman, into left center to score Gailen in the third.
John Halama (13-9 in the regular season) will square off against Corey Thurman (14-3) in Game Two on Thursday evening. Fans may tune into 1390-AM, WLAN; 1600-AM, WPDC; 1390wlan.com or the I Heart Radio cell phone app beginning at 6:45.
NOTES: Denker was the first Barnstormer to hit two home runs in a playoff game...The four homers by the team was also a playoff record...There were 22 strikeouts in the game...Lancaster's bullpen allowed only one walk in four innings of work...Five relievers were used...The Barnstormers managed only one hit, a single by Kirkland, off the York relief corps in 3 1/3 innings.
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