October 7, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Lancaster Barnstormers
One night after the Lancaster Barnstormers struck for six runs in the fourth en route to a big win in Game Three, the Long Island Ducks turned the tables. The Ducks used a seven-run sixth inning to erase an early deficit and go onto beat the Barnstormers, 9-3, forcing a fifth and deciding game on Sunday.
The sixth inning was set up by the fifth. Lancaster held a 2-0 lead with Mark Brackman working on a shutout. The right-hander retired the first two hitters in the fifth, but for the fourth straight inning, the Ducks picked up a baserunner, this time on a bloop hit to center by Dan Lyons. Kraig Binick, the Ducks hottest hitter followed with a single to left. Brackman fell behind Joash Brodin and hit him with a pitch to load the bases.
Manager Butch Hobson went to his normally reliable bullpen. Joe Bateman allowed one run to score on a wild pitch and reloaded the bases with a walk to Ray Navarrete before getting a force play grounder to end the inning with Lancaster still ahead, 2-1.
Ross Peeples was summoned to start the sixth, switching Bryant Nelson to the right side of the plate. The Long Island third baseman rode the first pitch to the left center alley on Peeples' only pitch for a leadoff double, the first extra base hit of the game. Lee Cruz singled to center off Beau Vaughan (0-1), sending Nelson to third, and Matt Esquivel walked to load the bases. A single up the middle by Mitch Canham tied the game at 2-2, and Lancaster went back to its bullpen for Josh Dew. Dew struck out Lyons for the first out. The second took awhile longer. Binick and Brodin banged back-to-back RBI singles for a 4-2 lead, and Navarrete walked to force home another run. Sing fanned, but Nelson followed his leadoff double with a base-clearing triple to right center for the 8-2 edge.
The Barnstormers scored twice in the first off John Brownell (1-0). Adam Godwin and Blake Gailen collected one-out singles and executed a double steal. Tommy Everidge brought home one run with a grounder to the right side. The second crossed the plate when Fehlandt Lentini reached on a single behind the third base bag.
Lancaster did not get another hit until a single through the right side by Emerson Frostad in the seventh. Ryan Harvey tacked on a home run in the ninth.
Game Five is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 5:05. Lancaster will send Dwayne Pollok (2-0), working on three days rest, to the mound to meet up with Bobby Blevins (0-0). The weather forecast for Sunday is a high in the low 50's with a 70% chance of rain by the evening hours. As scheduled, fans may tune into 1390-AM, WLAN; 1600-AM, WPDC; 1390wlan.com or the I Heart Radio cell phone app, starting at 4:45.