Bryan Woodall is pitching lights-out baseball.
For the second time in six days, Woodall pitched nine shutout innings en-route to a win for the right-hander as the Lancaster Barnstormers defeated the York Revolution 7-0.
Woodall shut down the entire York lineup, allowing just four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 104 pitches, 75 for strikes. Woodall’s nine-inning gem brings his ERA down to 0.47. He has not allowed a run since his May 7 start against New Britain.
Offensively, the bats stayed hot after Monday’s 10-2 Lancaster win. The first three innings were quiet, but the Barnstormers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning off of York starter Mike McClendon. Shortstop Kevin Ahrens homered, crushing a ball over the right field wall, hitting the roof of the Hess’s Barbecue bleachers. That was the third homer of the year for Ahrens.
In the fifth inning, first baseman Mike McDade walked, and catcher Charlie Cutler hit a single. Second baseman Jeff Kobernus hit a ball that should have been a double play, but only one out was recorded. Charlie Cutler was forced out at second base, but a bad throw over the first baseman’s head allowed McDade to score and Kobernus to make it all the way to second base.
With runners on second and third, center-fielder Travis Witherspoon walked. Kobernus and Witherspoon both stole bases (Kobernus third, Witherspoon second), with one out. Kevin Ahrens recorded his second RBI on the night with a sacrifice fly that scored Kobernus. Witherspoon made it to third, and also scored with an RBI single from right fielder Caleb Gindl. This made it 4-0 heading into the sixth inning.
Lancaster was able to push three more across the plate in the sixth. Third basemen Josh Bell singled, designated hitter Sean Halton was hit by a pitch, and Mike McDade walked. Charlie Cutler collected his second single of the game that punched in two runs to make it 6-0. The Barnstormers added the final run of the evening on a sacrifice fly from Witherspoon that scored McDade. All seven runs were scored off of McClendon.
Tonight’s victory marks the fourth in a row for the Barnstormers (now 12-13), who have outscored the Revolution 17-2 in the first two games of this four-game series. Tomorrow night, it will be Jorge Martinez for York (1-1, 2.66 ERA) against Lancaster’s Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-3, 4.55 ERA) at Clipper Magazine Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm.