After dropping the first two games in the four-game series against New Britain, Lancaster was able to minimize the damage and win the last two games. The series was wrapped up with a 6-4 Barnstormers win over a Bees team that entered the game with the same record as Lancaster.
The win now pushes Lancaster’s record to .500 with 31 wins on each side of the win / loss column. New Britain is now two games below .500 at 30-32.
The Barnstormers repeated what they accomplished on Saturday night; hitting three home runs. For the second game in a row, Lance Zawadski hit a grand slam, giving him eight RBI’s in the past two games. He now has seven homers on the season that started late for Zawadaski as he nursed an oblique injury that kept him out until late May. He also has 21 hits, with a third of those being home runs.
Sean Halton and Josh Bell also contributed solo home runs in the second and eighth innings, respectively. Bell’s homer was a crucial run for Lancaster as the Barnstormers only held a one-run lead at that point in the game. He has now hit in 12 consecutive games, which is the third highest streak for a Barnstormers hitter this season. Mike McDade has the longest streak of 2016 with 18 continuous games with a hit.
Lancaster starting pitcher Tanner Peters had a quality start, pitching six innings and allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks. Peters struck out eight and earned his third win on the season, lifting his record to 3-2. After not appearing in the first three games of the series against the Bees, reliever Pete Andrelczyk pitched the last two innings of the ballgame for his second save of 2016. He did allow a run on three hits, but struck out five New Britain hitters and kept his ERA below two with his 1.42 mark.
New Britain starter Shawn Haviland’s record dropped to 2-2 as the right-hander lost his second game of the season. He pitched a very respectable seven innings with eight hits and two walks allowed with four strikeouts. The Zawadski sixth inning grand slam put a damper on Haviland’s start as he gave up five earned runs total with Halton’s homer in the second inning.
Looking ahead: The Barnstormers will now begin the second half of this eight game home stand as the Bridgeport Bluefish come to town tomorrow night for a four-game series. All games taking place Monday thru Thursday have a 7:00 start time slot at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The Bluefish sit at the bottom of the Freedom division with a 27-35 first-half record.
Monday’s pitching match-up: Bridgeport’s Jimmy Patterson (1-1, 3.94 ERA) vs Lancaster’s Mike Lee (2-2, 5.35 ERA).