Lancaster Corner Man Reaches 100 RBI for Second Year
Andretty Cordero belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to seal a 5-2 win over the Charleston Dirty Birds and a sweep of the three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
In the process, Cordero reached 100 RBI for the second consecutive season, the first player in the 25-year history of the Atlantic League to do so.
With all four teams involved in the North race winning on Thursday evening, the standings remained the status quo with the Barnstormers leading Southern Maryland by two while Staten Island and York trail by four.
Jack Conley led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk against Jacob Bosiokovic (3-4). Conley stole second, and Trace Loehr followed with a bunt toward third. Justin O’Conner fielded the bunt but lost his footing. The Charleston third baseman still attempted the play but made a wild throw past first baseman Telvin Nash, allowing Conley to score the tiebreaking run. Loehr was thrown out going to second, but Melvin Mercedes reignited the offense with a single to right. Cordero followed with his 14th homer of the season, a drive onto the right field deck.
Lancaster pushed a run home on Joseph Carpenter’s infield single in the bottom of the first. Charleston drew into a tie in the second on a single to left by Isaias Tejeda, O’Conner’s double down the third base line on a wild pitch. Conley doubled with one out in the bottom of the second, but Trayvon Robinson was thrown out at the plate. Loehr followed with a single to give the Barnstormers a 2-1 edge.
Jeff Bain worked the first five innings for Lancaster, allowing four hits and a run. Nile Ball pitched a hitless sixth. Zach Warren (3-4) yielded a leadoff homer down the right field line by Tejeda in the seventh, then did not allow the ball out of the infield to the next ten batters as the left-hander finished off the game for the win.
Lancaster will open a four-game Labor Day Weekend series at Long Island Friday night. Brent Teller (10-5) will make the start for the Barnstormers against right-hander Robert Stock (8-3). Fans may tune in on FloBaseball, beginning at 6:30.
NOTES: The Barnstormers have reached a peak of nine games over .500 in the second half and are within four games of .500 overall for the first time since June 12…The Barnstormers played without Ariel Sandoval, who sustained an injury while making his ESPN Top Ten Play on Wednesday night…Carpenter batted third for the first time this year and went 2-for-4…Cordero has hit safely in 11 straight…Conley’s steal in the seventh was his club-leading 28th of the year.