LANCASTER, Pa. – The Lancaster Barnstormers defeated the Newark Bears 8-6 on Wednesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Josh Hall was stellar for the ‘Stormers, allowing just one run over six innings. The Bears took an early lead just two batters into the game on Fernando Cortez’ third homer of the season, a solo shot, and it was 1-0. Hall (2-2) didn’t surrender another run all night, scattering just three more hits, while striking out three in the victory.
Lancaster provided their starter with some offense in the home half of the first. A two-out error brought in a run and Bryant Nelson’s two-run double plated two more, all unearned runs, to push the ‘Stormers ahead 3-1. A two-run single by Jason Perry in the second off Bears’ starter Mike Loree and a two-run shot out to right by Nelson in the third extended the advantage to six runs. The final run of the day came on a Ryan Mulhern sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 8-1 Lancaster.
The Bears broke through against the Barnstormers bullpen as Tom Pennino ripped his second double as a Bear to bring home Teuris Olivares, making his Newark debut. In the ninth against Nick Maness, an Olivares walk followed by back-to-back singles off the bats of Stephen Shults and Pennino loaded the bases. Nook Logan clobbered a base clearing triple to left-center and Newark moved within three runs. After a pitching change, Cortez, who finished 5-for-5, collected his second RBI on a bloop single to right and it was 8-6. With the tying run at the plate, Scott Patterson got Scott Spiezio to pop out to end the game, registering his seventh save of the season.
Loree (1-4) was dealt the loss, allowing eight runs, five earned, on six hits, with three strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters in four and one-third innings. Matt Melody, Chris Vasami and Armando Benitez combined to allow just three hits and struck out a pair in three-plus innings in relief.
Newark wraps up the series with Lancaster on Thursday night. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Fans can tune into all the action on www.newarkbears.com with David Greenwald providing the play-by-play.
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