Lancaster Shut Down in Final Two innings
The Lancaster Barnstormers and Long Island Ducks completed unfinished business late Wednesday afternoon.
Al Alburquerque (5-1) and Kevin Quackenbush combined to throw two hitless innings as Long Island defeated the Barnstormers, 7-6, in the completion of Tuesday night’s suspended game.
Alex Dickerson clobbered a three-run homer to right on the final pitch before rain struck Clipper Magazine Stadium on Tuesday, giving the Ducks their third lead of the night. Play was halted and did not resume on Tuesday night, creating the suspended game.
Dickerson’s homer followed a one-out walk to Ernie Geraci and a two-out walk to Ruben Tejada. It came on a 1-2 fastball from Zach Warren.
The Barnstormers had taken their first lead in the bottom of the seventh. With Long Island leading, 4-2, Joseph Carpenter and Shawon Dunston, Jr. opened the inning with consecutive singles off starter Kyle Lobstein. Pinch runner Chris Proctor stole third, and, on the next pitch, Dunston swiped second. Right-hander Jack Anderson picked up two quick outs but hit Melvin Mercedes to load the bases. The Ducks went back to left-hander Jake Fishman, who yielded a game-tying, two-run single to left by Yeison Coca. Andretty Cordero followed with a two-run double off the wall in right center.
Wilson Garcia had forged a previous tie with a two-run single to right with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The tying hit came after a pitch clock violation kept Garcia’s turn at the plate alive.
Wednesday’s regularly scheduled game will begin at 6:30. Nile Ball (6-5) will make the start against Robert Stock (7-2). Fans may tune into FloBaseball, beginning at 6:25.
NOTES: With a base hit in the sixth, Melvin Mercedes extended a streak to 11 games…Once officially logged, Cordero’s double will be his 34th and the RBI’s his 84th and 85th of the season…The Barnstormers fell into a first place tie with Southern Maryland as a result of the loss.