Barnstormers Take Opener From Road Warriors
Joe Gardner turned in a typical Joe Gardner performance on Friday evening.
The Lancaster right-hander allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings, his fourth quality start of the season, as the Barnstormers defeated the Road Warriors, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game weekend series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
That win, combined with a Sugar Land loss at Southern Maryland, extended the Barnstormers' division lead over the Skeeters to four games with 25 left to play in the first half.
Gardner (3-2) was reached by Alfredo Silverio's two-run homer to left in the top of the fourth. He walked two and struck out three in the win, his first since May 19.
Lancaster established a lead in the bottom of the second and was never caught. Giovanni Soto (1-2) got off to an unfortunate start in the second when Ryan Casteel and Joey Terdoslavich beat out consecutive dribblers up the third base line. Trayvon Robinson lined to left for the first out, but a wild pitch enabled runners to move to second and third. Vladimir Frias lifted a pop up to shallow right center which was handled by second baseman Melvin Rodriguez-Ortiz. With the infielder's momentum taking him away from the infield, Casteel tagged and was able to beat the throw home. Nate Coronado walked, then he and Terdoslavich executed a double steal. Carlos Garcia and Darian Sandford collected back-to-back RBI singles, and a fourth run eventually scored on a bases loaded walk to Blake Gailen.
Frias had his second sacrifice fly of the game in the fifth inning for a 5-2 lead. Lancaster finally broke the game open in the seventh. Casteel greeted Christian Flecha-Astacio with a homer to left. One out later, Robinson and Frias picked up consecutive singles. Both scored when catcher Chris Rivera threw a wild pitch down the left field line in an attempt to get Robinson at third.
The Barnstormers entertain the Road Warriors again on Saturday. Jonathan Albaladejo (4-2) makes the start for Lancaster against lefty Brandon Bargas (0-2). Fireworks will follow the game. Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 6:15.
NOTES: Lancaster improved its record at Clipper Magazine Stadium to 17-4...Terdoslavich extended a hitting streak to nine games, tying for the longest on the club this season...Casteel has hit safely in eight in a row...Frias has 15 hits in his last 27 at bats...Lancaster stole four more bases and has 83 on the season.
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