For the third night in a row, the Lancaster Barnstormers edged the York Revolution at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
The 2-1 victory posted on Wednesday night is the fifth win in a row for a Barnstormers team that is rallying with manager Butch Hobson falling ill earlier this week. Hobson is expected back soon, but the team continues to dominate York without their skipper in the dugout. Wednesday’s win also puts Lancaster at the .500 mark and one game behind the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League.
York fell susceptible to yet another lights-out pitching performance from a Barnstormers starter. This time, it was Austin Bibbens-Dirkx on the hill. Making his sixth start at 1-3, Bibens-Dirkx needed a solid outing, and he certainly delivered. Over six innings, Bibens-Dirkx struck out seven, walked one and only allowed four hits, earning win #2 on the season. The only blemish on his start took place in the second inning when York third basemen Joel Guzman recorded his fourth home-run of the year.
The long ball gave the Revs a 1-0 lead, but Lancaster was not phased.
The Barnstormers answered Guzman’s call right away in the bottom of the second inning. A pattern developed; Josh Bell flew out to left, Sean Halton walked, Mike McDade flew out to left, and Charlie Cutler walked. With two on and two out, left fielder Michael Crouse came through with a two run RBI double that would turn out to be the only scoring the Barnstormers would need to seal the deal.
After an eventful second inning, the rest of the game was dull. There were only eight hits throughout the game and base runners were scarce. In the ninth inning, York threatened when Joel Guzman walked with two outs, but closer Cory Burns got the final out and the Barnstormers officially won the first series with York in 2016; the “War of the Roses.”
On Thursday night the Barnstormers will have a chance to sweep York. The pitching match-up will be York’s Matt Neil (1-0, 2.08 ERA) against Lancaster’s J.D. Martin (1-1, 8.15 ERA).
Note: Pitcher Bryan Woodall, who tossed nine shutout innings for the second time in as many starts, will be leaving the Barnstormers and heading back to Taiwan to pitch for the rest of the season. In five starts with Lancaster this season, Woodall went 3-0, allowing just two earned runs on 18 hits and seven walks. His ERA was 0.47.