Skids End for 'Stormers, Baumann
Devon Torrence was signed for his speed and his athleticism. Power was not necessarily part of the equation.
The former Ohio State cornerback slugged his first career home run to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning helping to send the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 5-3 win over the High Point Rockers at Clipper Magazine Stadium Thursday evening.
Torrence connected off Tyler Herron (2-6) leading off the fourth inning for what proved to be the game's decisive blow. The blast came in the Ohioan's 114th career game and 309th at bat.
With the win, Lancaster's first since July 7, the Barnstormers avoided tying the longest losing streak in franchise history. It also ended a personal seven-game losing streak for Buddy Baumann (3-7)
The Rockers, as they had done the entire series, jumped out early as Quincy Latimore drilled a two-run homer onto the friendly picnic deck at Clipper Magazine Stadium off Baumann in the first.
Joe Terdoslavich answered with a solo blast in the bottom of the inning, but the Rockers used two-out singles by Breland Almadova and Matthew Jones around a stolen base to rebuild the two-run lead in the top of the second.
It was Torrence's speed that led to Lancaster's tying runs in the bottom of the inning. He beat out a bunt single with one out and stole second. Zach Shank reached when his swinging third strike eluded Jones on a wild pitch to put runners at first and third. Darian Sandford hit a flare to shallow left which dove in front of Latimore's sliding effort and jumped behind him for a double. Anderson De La Rosa grounded to the right side to score Shank with the tying run.
Caleb Gindl hit the night's longest home run with one out in the fifth for an insurance marker.
Baumann lasted five innings, yielding five hits and three runs on 106 pitches. Logan Sawyer faced the minimum of six batters in the next two innings, allowing a single to Jones before inducing a 5-4-3 double play out of Cardullo. Scott Shuman worked to only three batters in the eighth as Michael Russell led off with a single flared to left but was erased on a steal attempt.
Cody Eppley ran into more friction in the ninth as Hector Gomez led off with a single to right, and Viosergy Rosa walked. Eppley rebounded on a line out to center by Myles Schroder. The right-hander fanned Almadova and got Jones on a routine fly ball to right to pick up his 13th save of the season.
Lancaster heads to Long Island to open a four-game series with a doubleheader against the Ducks on Friday at 6:00. Lancaster will send Garrett Granitz (0-1) and Jared Lakind (3-3) to the hill against Pedro Beato (0-2) and Darin Downs (1-2). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 5:45.
NOTES: Baumann's last win came on May 14 at New Britain...Base stealers were only 3-for-6 in the game after the Barnstormers and their opponents had combined to go 27-for-28 in the first seven games out of the All-Star Break...Darian Sandford turned his first double play at second base.
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