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Lancaster Takes Wednesday Matinee, 12-5

Sugar Land manager Pete Incaviglia entered Wednesday’s game against the Lancaster Barnstormers short on relievers.

His one guy, Lucas Irvine, could not throw strikes.

As a result, the ‘Stormers walked nine times and scored as many runs over the final three innings, marching their way to a 12-5 victory over the Sugar Land Skeeters at Constellation Field.

The nine walks were the most ever allowed by a Barnstormers opponent in a single game.

Both starters were much sharper than their replacements.  Lancaster’s Kyle Davies (4-2) worked seven innings, yielding five hits, all doubles.  The right-hander walked one and struck out seven on the day to toss his sixth quality start of the year.  He was only nicked for a run when Jared Mitchell and Anthony Giansanti teamed up with back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the third.

Lancaster only solved Sugar Land starter Troy Scribner (1-1) in the fourth inning.  With one out, Caleb Gindl rolled a single into left.  Joe Terdoslavich yanked a double down the right field line that sent Gindl to third.  Scribner retired K.C. Hobson on a shallow fly to center.  Josh Bell walked to fill the bases, and Anderson De La Rosa put Lancaster into the lead with a ground single through the hole on the left side. Greg Golson punched a single into center to score Bell with the inning’s third run.

Irvine took over in the seventh and yielded singles to two of the first three batters, Zach Shank and Dan Gamache.  He proceeded to walk the next five hitters, with a wild pitch allowing Shank to score and three runs being forced across.  Shank singled home two more with a soft liner into right.

Three more walks and Golson’s third single of the day combined with an error to produce the final three Lancaster runs in the ninth.

Sugar Land gave its crowd of youngsters some excitement in the bottom of the eighth as Zach Borenstein launched a three-run homer with two outs, cutting the lead to 9-4.

Lancaster and Sugar Land wrap up the series on Thursday evening at 7:05 CDT.  Jared Lakind, a Houston-area native will make the start for the Barnstormers against lefty Matt Purke, who will make a spot start.  Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 7:45 EDT.

NOTES:  Gamache extended his hitting streak to nine games…The previous record for most walks against the Barnstormers was seven…Current Lancaster pitching coach Jonathan Albaladejo was the last to do it while with Bridgeport in May, 2017…Lancaster has scored 84 runs on 118 hits in 11 June games…Davies worked at least seven innings for the fifth straight start…The Barnstormers played errorless baseball for the 14th time in the last 17 games.