ROAD SKID ENDS
Barnstormers Drop York, 6-3
Recently acquired leadoff hitter B.J. Boyd went 3-for-4 in his Atlantic League debut to boost the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 6-3 win over the York Revolution Wednesday evening at People’s Bank Park in York.
The win was Lancaster’s first on the road since April 21, ending a 12-game travel skid.
Boyd opened up the game with an infield single and scored the first run. He added a pair of line drive singles later in the game and was also hit by a pitch.
Kelly Dugan drove home Boyd with a grounder to second in the first inning. Lancaster would stretch the lead to 2-0 in the third when Jake Hoover took Austin Nicely’s first pitch of the inning down the right field line for a triple. He came home on a one-out single to left, also by Dugan.
Augie Sylk (1-3) threw shutout baseball through four innings for the second consecutive start before running into trouble in the fifth. The lefty allowed a leadoff single by J.C. Encarnacion, who scored on a Lenin Rodriguez double past third. One out later, Elmer Reyes also doubled to left to tie the game. Sylk was able to finish the fifth, and preserve Lancaster’s DH, by getting Melky Mesa to ground to short.
The Barnstormers were able to break the tie in the top of the sixth when LeDarious Clark doubled into left center, stole third and came home on a grounder by Andretty Cordero. Chase Johnson picked up in the sixth after Sylk walked a pair and got the Barnstormers through the sixth and seventh to hold the lead.
Dugan and Clark teamed up with a pair of doubles in the eighth to stretch the lead. In the ninth, Connor Lien opened with a double and scored on Boyd’s single to center. Dugan drew a two-out walk, and Colton Shaver followed with a long double off the high wall in left, scoring Boyd. Dugan was thrown out at home.
York fought back on a double by Lenin Rodriguez and single by Reyes in the ninth, but Reyes was thrown out at second before Josh Graham wrapped up the night by getting Mesa to ground to first.
The three-game series will conclude on Thursday at 11:00. Right-hander Nile Ball (0-1) will make the start for Lancaster against right-hander Marandy Gonzalez (0-1). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube Channel, beginning at 10:55.
NOTES: Clark has hit safely in 11 straight and has 16 hits in the eight games against York…Lancaster produced more than 10 hits in a road game for the first time this season…The team produced five doubles…Johnson has fanned seven in his last 4 1/3 innings…Six of Lien’s 10 Lancaster hits have been doubles.
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