Barnstormers Break Even with Bees
The Lancaster Barnstormers played their fourth doubleheader in a week and sixth in two weeks on Tuesday night.
Just like all the rest, it resulted in a split.
K.C. Hobson went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the opener to pace a 9-3 Lancaster victory. In the second game, the New Britain bullpen outdueled Joe Gardner, 1-0, to give the Bees the split.
Lancaster dropped its magic number for clinching the wild card spot to one with the first game victory, which also knocked New Britain out of contention. Sugar Land lost to Long Island, keeping the Skeeters magic number for locking out York at two.
The Barnstormers struck for three runs, two on a Blake Gailen homer and one on the first of Hobson's three hits, in the top of the first inning off Tommy Thorpe (1-1). New Britain evened the score quickly on a pair of walks from John Anderson (6-3), and RBI double by Jason Rogers and a two-run double by Jonathan Galvez.
While Anderson settled down to throw four scoreless innings afterward, the Barnstormers were able to take advantage of four Bees errors to cruise to the win.
In the fourth, Trayvon Robinson reached on a single off Thorpe's leg. Josh Bell hit a bouncer to short, which was fumbled by Vince Conde for an error. Robinson stole third and scored on a sac fly to center by Hobson.
Robinson's bases loaded grounder in the fourth was also mishandled by Conde, allowing a fifth Lancaster run to score. Bell singled home two with a grounder into left, and Hobson's liner through the right side made it 8-3.
Gardner allowed a first inning run on a single by Darren Ford, a dropped third strike and Deibinson Romero's long double off the left field wall.
That would be it for the game. Gardner (5-11) went the distance on a four-hitter, walking two and striking out seven.
However, the Barnstormers were unable to get untracked against a quartet of New Britain relievers. Sam Gervacio worked the first three innings and retired nine straight, five on strikes. Jim Fuller (2-1) yielded a one-out single to newcomer Conrad Gregor in the fifth losing the chance for a combined perfect game.
Stephen Perez led off the sixth with a single down the right field line and took second on a bunt by Carlos Garcia. Both Darian Sandford and Tyler Bortnick grounded out to end the inning. Evan Scribner worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Jonathan Albaladejo (8-7) will take the mound for the Barnstormers on Wednesday evening against right-hander Devin Burke (4-2). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:15.
NOTES: With the first game win, the Barnstormers will finish over .500 for the fourth straight half under manager Ross Peeples and for the 13th time in the last 16 half seasons...Bortnick extended his on base streak to 24 games with a single and a walk in the opener, but it was stopped in the nightcap...Gailen belted his 96th career homer as a Barnstormer...At 1:36, the game was the quickest seven-inning contest of the season for Lancaster.
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