Barnstormers Bump off West Virginia, 5-4
Lancaster's bullpen was forced into the game early on Wednesday evening, but their work was brilliant in a 5-4 victory over the West Virginia Power in the second game of a three-game series.
After Dominic DiSabatino exited in the second inning with an injury, Yoel Espinal (2-5) came into the game and threw his best performance of the season. He yielded a two-out, two-run single to Teodoro Martinez in the second as the Power built a 3-0 lead, then retired the next seven hitters, four on strikes to keep Lancaster in the game.
Garrett Granitz escaped trouble in the fifth, and Donald Goodson fanned the side in the sixth. West Virginia scraped together an unearned run off Jordan McCrum in the seventh to cut the Lancaster lead to 5-4.
Gabrial Moya survived the wrath of the crowd, taking his time to get the eighth inning. He hit Myles Williams with a pitch to get the inning underway. After several throws to first, Moya dealt a wild pitch to Elmer Reyes, who eventually grounded to short. More pickoff throws followed before Dominic Bethancourt dunked a singled into shallow right with Williams holding at third. Moya recovered to strike out Justin Henle and pinch hitter Yovan Gonzalez to escape the threat.
Scott Shuman finished off the night, striking out the side around Martinez' fourth hit to earn his 10th save.
Overall, the relief staff struck out 15 in eight innings of work.
Nate Easley homered on DiSabatino's first pitch of the game. A double play got Di Sabatino out of the first. However, in the second, the seven-game winner gave up a single to right by Reyes and walked Bethancourt. He left after a 1-1 pitch to Henle went significantly behind the hitter, moving runners to second and third. Espinal completed the walk to Henle and retired two hitters before the Martinez single.
Lancaster scored all five of its runs over two innings. Kelly Dugan launched his fifth homer of the season, a two-run blast off Joe Harris (0-2) in the fourth. Nick Shumpert led off the fifth with a triple into the left center field alley. Cleuluis Rondon walked, and Caleb Gindl tied the game with a long double to right center. Reliever Max Tannenbaum hit Blake Allemand with a pitch then walked Jon Dziomba to force the lead run home. Dugan capped Lancaster's scoring with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Barnstormers and West Virginia conclude the three-game series on Thursday at 7:05. Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTUbe Channel at 7:00.
NOTES: Dugan has eight RBI in the last five games...The 15 strikeouts tied the season high by the Barnstormers staff...Gindl is 10-for-22 with six homers and 13 RBI against West Virginia.
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