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Early Deficit Too Big to Overcome

July 8, 2018 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Lancaster Barnstormers News Release

The New Britain Bees struck for six runs early, and a pair of Lancaster home runs proved not to be enough as the Bees captured the rubber game of a three-game series, 6-3, Sunday afternoon at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

New Britain reached Joe Gardner (3-6) for a run in the first inning. Brock Stassi cleared the outfielders in left center for a one-out double. Deibinson Romero dumped a single into shallow center. Darian Sandford charged, but Stassi was able to slide in under Anderson De La Rosa's tag as the throw came in to the plate high.

Three more crossed the plate in the top of the second inning. Jonathan Galvez picked up a four-pitch walk from Gardner, and Vinny Siena singled to left. Vince Conde ripped a line drive to left. Trayvon Robinson charged, then dropped the ball which kicked to his left, opening the way for Galvez to round and score. Cody Charneski grounded out, advancing the runners before Darren Ford produced the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to left. Gardner walked both Stassi and Romero to load the bases. Jason Rogers singled into center, getting Conde home, but Sandford was able to nail Stassi for the final out.

A single by Jamar Walton and double by Galvez chased Gardner in the third. After Galvez later scored the sixth run on a sac fly by Conde, six members of the 'Stormers relief corps shut New Britain down on five singles and three walks over the remainder of the game.

Robinson hammered a home run over the right field picnic deck off Rainy Lara (5-3) with one out in the bottom of the fifth to put Lancaster on the board. Two innings later, K.C. Hobson followed a walk to Ryan Casteel with a two-run homer into the Haller Pavilion.

Hobson's homer was followed by a Robinson base hit before acting manager Mauro Gozzo could pull Lara. The bullpen did not allow a hit over the final 2 2/3 innings, although Lancaster managed to get the tying run to the plate in the eighth on an error and a walk.

Evan Scribner retired the side in order in the ninth for his 12th save.

The Atlantic League will break for its 21st All-Star Game coming up Wednesday at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, NY, home of the Long Island Ducks. The Barnstormers are back in action Friday night at TD Bank Ballpark against the Somerset Patriots. Fans may tune into the action beginning at 6:45.

NOTES: Hobson has homered in back-to-back games and has 48 in his Lancaster career...Robinson swiped Lancaster's 139th base of the season...Lara beat Lancaster for the fourth time over the last two years...Huascar Brazoban pitched a season-high 2 2/3 innings.

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