Barnstormers Tripped Up By Bees
The New Britain Bees used two doubles, a homer and some help from the Lancaster Barnstormers to build a 6-2 victory Wednesday evening at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
Three walks crossed the plate, a physical error led to one New Britain run, and a mental error allowed another to cross as the Barnstormers failed to follow one win with another for the sixth straight time.
Jared Lakind (0-1) walked Jason Rogers and Deibinson Romero to open the fourth inning. Jonathan Galvez scorched a double past third baseman Josh Bell down the line to drive home one, and Taylor Motter scored two more with a two-base hit down the right field line as the Bees grabbed a 3-2 lead.
Alejandro De Aza connected off Garrett Granitz for his second homer of the season in the fifth inning. Later, with two outs and runners at first and third, Granitz knocked down a comebacker by Motter, then pulled first baseman K.C. Hobson off the bag with a wide throw as a fifth New Britain run scored.
The final Bees tally came in the sixth when, with runners at second and third, De Aza grounded to the right of Hobson. Hobson glanced lead runner Alexi Amarista back to third, then discovered first unprotected. He raced to get De Aza, realized he would be late there. Meanwhile Amarista broke for the plate and beat Hobson's throw home for a 6-2 margin.
Anderson De La Rosa provided the Barnstormers with their only offense off Christian Friedrich (2-1). The Barnstormers catcher hit his first home run since April 29, 2018, a two-run blast onto the right field deck in the second.
De La Rosa also singled and doubled in the game while Joe Terdoslavich was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Friedrich allowed four hits in five innings, walking one and striking out seven. His relievers fanned five more over the final four innings.
The rubber game of the series will be played Thursday morning at 11:00. Lancaster will send right-hander Jake McCasland (1-3) to the mound against Cory Riordan (1-2). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 10:45.
NOTES: Dan Gamache lost his hitting streak at 13 games...Caleb Gindl failed to hit for the first time in eight games...De La Rosa is 7-for-11 on the homestand to lift his season average to .318...Gindl made his third appearance of the season on the mound...He walked one, struck out two and allowed a single...Lancaster has not won back-to-back games since May 3-4 at Southern Maryland.
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