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Lancaster Drops Staten Island, 3-1

After his start was rained out on Thursday, Erik Manoah was reinserted into the Lancaster starting rotation on Saturday.  The right-hander pitched a three-hitter over six innings, leading the Barnstormers to a 3-1 victory over the Staten Island Ferryhawks in the middle game of a three-game series at SIUH Community Park.

Manoah (3-1) struck out seven and walked one.  The only run he surrendered came with controversy.   Leading off the fourth inning, Rusney Castillo launched a fly ball down the right field line.  First base umpire Federico De Jesus signaled that the ball was fair.  The Barnstormers argued, and second baseman Melvin Mercedes was ejected in the discussion.

Meanwhile, Andretty Cordero supplied the bulk of the offense.  In the third, Shawon Dunston, Jr. opened with a single off Matt Solter (3-8).  A grounder by Mercedes sent him to second.  Dunston took third as a pitch trickled away from catcher Andrew Noriega.  Cordero singled up the middle to produce the run.

Cordero delivered an insurance run in the top of the seventh.  Trace Loehr singled and advanced to second on a grounder by Dunston.  One out later, Cordero lined his third single of the night into center for a 3-1 lead.

Lancaster’s other run came in the form of Chris Proctor’s first home run of the season, a line drive to right that led off the fourth.

Gray Fenter took over in the seventh and pitched the remainder of the game for Lancaster.  The right-hander, preparing for an eventual start, yielded one single and struck out six.  He was charged with two wild pitches, one of which allowed Ricardo Cespedes to reach base in the seventh.  It was Fenter’s first save.

The Barnstormers and Ferryhawks take the field at 4:00 on Sunday.  Nile Ball (6-3) is scheduled to pitch for Lancaster against Hector Guance (2-5).  Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel at 4:00.

NOTES:  Cordero has hit safely in 35 of 40 games since June 15…He is 60-for-163 (.368) in that stretch…He has 79 RBI, 24 short of the club record with 44 games to play…Lancaster pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and now have K’d 763 hitters in 762.1 innings this season…It was the 34th time the staff has reached double digits in strikeouts this season…Ariel Sandoval lost a seven-game hitting streak.