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LANCASTER BLANKS LEXINGTON

Streak Extended to Six with 8-0 Win

The Lancaster Barnstormers waited an extra half-hour for the blanket of smoke in the area to clear, then proceeded to blank the Lexington Counter Clocks, 8-0, Thursday evening at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

With the win, the Barnstormers completed a perfect homestand and extended the club’s winning streak to six.

A night after the game was scrubbed due to poor air quality, the haze lifted in time for the clubs to take the field.  Starters Brandyn Sittinger (2-3) and Jerad Eickhoff (3-4) took a scoreless duel into the bottom of the fourth when a wild play led to the game’s first runs.  Lancaster had the bases loaded on a single by Trayvon Robinson, a ground rule double by Jack Conley and a walk to Jake Hoover when Yeison Coca hit a slow ground ball to the backhanded side of shortstop Manuel Geraldo.  Geraldo took a glance at third, then cut loose a wild throw between first and second that rolled into right field and allowed three runs to score.  Melvin Mercedes singled home Coca with a fourth run.

The Barnstormers stayed on the attack for the next two innings.  Robinson doubled over the head of left fielder Hector Roa to open the fifth and scored on a single up the middle by Joseph Carpenter.  In the sixth, Raymells Rosa walked the first two batters and allowed an RBI single to Andretty Cordero.  Alsis Herrera hit Kelly Dugan with a pitch to load the bases.  Robinson, after barely missing a grand slam down the left field line, grounded a two-run single into left to produce the game’s final runs.

Sittinger worked five innings in his first start since May 16.  The right-hander allowed one single and one walk in five innings while fanning five.  Bret Clarke fired two perfect innings of relief.  Brian Marconi stared down the biggest Lexington threat of the night when Ronnie Dawson lined out to Dugan with two runners in scoring position.  Newcomer Jesus Liranzo yielded a single and a walk in the ninth but worked out of trouble in his Atlantic League debut.

The Barnstormers will open a three-game series at Staten Island Friday evening with right-hander Brent Teller (2-1) on the hill.  Fans may tune into FloBaseball, beginning at 6:55.

NOTES:  Lancaster’s starting pitchers have allowed only one earned run in 18 innings over the final three games…It was the first shutout of the season for the Lancaster staff…Robinson had his second three-hit game of the hometand…Joseph Carpenter extended his hitting streak to seven and his RBI streak to four…Mercedes has reached base on 19 of 39 plate appearances over the last nine games.