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Atlantic League Results, Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Long Island 14, Staten Island 1

(Staten Island, N.Y., August 2, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Staten Island FerryHawks 14-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game midweek series from Staten Island University Hospital Community Park.

 The Ducks took a 3-0 advantage versus FerryHawks starting pitcher Francisco Carrillo just five batters into the ballgame when Deibinson Romero launched a three-run home run to left field for his team-leading 11th big fly of the campaign. Long Island made it 6-0 in their favor in the fifth thanks to run-scoring doubles produced by Sam Travis and Jacson McGowan and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Vladimir Frias. The Flock added an insurance run in the seventh for a 7-1 cushion and broke the game wide open in the ninth as the visitors sent 13 batters to the plate and scored seven more times, highlighted by a two-run homer to the opposite-field in right by Carlos Castro, RBI base knocks from Phil Caulfield, L.J. Mazzili, and Travis, an RBI hit-by-pitch to Alejandro De Aza, and a bases loaded run-scoring walk issued to Romero as the visitors matched a season-high by pounding out a total of 21 hits in the ballgame.   

 The run-support was more than enough for Ducks starting pitcher Scott Harkin (8-6), who earned the win after tossing five innings of one-run baseball on four hits allowed, walking two and striking out four. Carrillo (0-4) was tagged with the loss, surrendering six runs on 11 hits (one home run) in just four and one-third innings of work, walking one while striking out three. Travis led the offensive attack with his second four-hit performance of the season, while also scoring a pair of runs and driving in two as every batter in the Long Island lineup reached base at least twice in the contest.

 The Ducks and FerryHawks continue their three-game set on Wednesday morning. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Right-hander Joe Iorio (6-4, 4.84) gets the nod for the Ducks against FerryHawks righty Dakota Freese (1-7, 4.09).



Kentucky 10, High Point 9

High Point, NC- The Kentucky Wild Health Genomes rallied from a 9-4 deficit to defeat the High Point Rockers 10-9 Tuesday night at Truist Point.

Down three runs in the ninth inning, the Genomes cut the deficit to a single run with a two-run single by Luke Becker off High Point closer Ryan Dull (3-1). After Dull walked Felix Pie, Rockers manager Jamie Keefe summoned rookie Cam Cotter out of the bullpen to face Khris Davis. The former MLB slugger with 221 career major league home runs drove a double into the right-center field gap that plated both runners and completed the comeback.

High Point (7-16, 46-43) dominated the early stages of the game, getting on the board in the first inning with a Jerry Downs sacrifice fly. They would add two more in the second on a RBI double from Jerry Downs and a single from Giovanny Alfonzo. High Point would stretch the lead again in the third when Zander Wiel motored around the bases for a triple, scoring Jerry Downs in the process.

After the Genomes (13-12, 47-43) got on the board in the fifth inning, thanks to a Becker single. High Point promptly responded with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. Both teams scored twice in the seventh inning, and the Genomes added two more in the eighth, setting up their ninth-inning heroics.

In losing tonight’s game, the Rockers drop to one game behind the Genomes in the race for the Wild Card berth in the 2022 Atlantic League Playoffs, should it come into play.

For High Point, starter Craig Stem tossed six innings, allowing two runs. Downs recorded 3 RBI, while Alfonzo notched four hits and drove in a pair.

The Rockers and Genomes resume their midweek series tomorrow at 6:35 PM at Truist Point, with Liam O’Sullivan (0-3, 7.54) getting the ball for the Rockers and former Rocker Max Povse (4-8, 6.02) countering for the Genomes.


Lancaster 5, York 3

YORK, Pa. - Chris Proctor snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the eighth, and the Lancaster bullpen shut the door as the Barnstormers defeated the York Revolution, 5-3, Tuesday evening at People’s Bank Park for their fourth straight win.

 The victory put the Barnstormers two games ahead of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the North race.

 Jacob Barfield drew a one-out walk in the eight and moved to second on a single by Ariel Sandoval.  Anderson Feliz topped a ball up the first base line and was tagged out by Bret de Geus (1-1).  Proctor followed with his line drive base hit into left that plated Barfield.  Sandoval scored two batters later when catcher Jhon Nunez bounced a pickoff throw into left.

 Chase Johnson held the lead for Dominic DiSabatino (4-3) through the eighth, despite a walk and a scratch single.  Josh Graham fanned the side in the ninth for his sixth save.

 The game’s first four runs scored on solo homers.  Nellie Rodriguez belted a ball onto the walkway in right center to stake the Revs to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Barnstormers countered on a line drive homer by Shawon Dunston, Jr.  Barfield put the Barnstormers ahead with his third homer in six games, a blast to right center in the fourth.  Telvin Nash tied it at 2-2 with a shot over the big wall in left in the bottom of that inning that marked the 100th homer of his York career.

 Trayvon Robinson scored Dunston with a force play grounder in the top of the fifth for a 3-2 lead.  In the bottom of the sixth, starter Cameron Gann walked Nash with one out.  He struck out Rodriguez, but Melky Mesa launched a single off the right field wall with Nash running on the 3-2 count.

 DiSabatino entered and allowed a single to Yefri Perez before escaping the inning on a Nunez ground ball.

 Oscar De La Cruz (5-1) will make the Wednesday start against Jorge Martinez (9-4).  Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel at 6:25.

 NOTES:  Lancaster leads the War of the Roses, 14-10, needing three wins in the remaining eight games to recapture the Community Cup…Sandoval has hit safely in eight of nine games…Graham is 6-for-6 in ninth inning saves…The Barnstormers have won the last four games by only seven runs total…They have not had more than eight hits in a game on the trip…The Barnstormers pitching staff struck out double digit hitters for the 35th time in 90 games…The team has reached .500 overall at 45-45.


Gastonia 10, Lexington 8

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Gastonia Honey Hunters used a 15-hit attack and a six-run first to hold off the Lexington Legends 10-8 at Wild Health Field on Tuesday night.

Gastonia was off and running in the first frame, scoring six times on six hits to give starting pitcher Roger Bernal a sizable advantage before he stepped on the mound. The big strike of the inning was Emmanuel Tapai´s 11th homer of the season, a two-run laser shot up against the party deck to give the Honey Hunters a 6-0 advantage.

After a Courtney Hawkins solo homer put Lexington on the board in the first, Gastonia scratched across a pair of unearned  runs in the second to expand the lead to 8-1.

Montrell Marshall launched his first of two homers in the second inning, cutting the lead back to 8-2.

In the fourth, Gastonia was on the board again, as Luis Roman plated Zach Jarrett with back-to-back doubles to make it a 9-2 ballgame. 

Bernal, who had been miserly through the first four innings, ran into a spot of trouble in the fifth, walking Marshall and Pete Yorgen to give the Legends a chance to climb back in the game.

TK Koontz took advantage, lifting a three-run shot just over the outstretched glove of Reece Hampton in left field to cut the lead to 9-5. Koontz´ first homer of the season reinvigorated the partisan crowd and mitigated the initial Gastonia outburst.

Bernal finished his effort tossing five innings, allowing five runs on four hits with five strikeouts.

Goose Gozzo went to his ultra-reliable bullpen, giving the ball to Euclides Leyer and Quintin Torres-Costa in successive innings.

In the seventh, Gastonia pushed a critical run across as Zach Jarrett roped his third base knock to right field, scoring Reece Hampton. Hampton opened the frame with a single to center and stole a pair of bases to claim third for Jarrrett.

The Gastonia lead stayed at 10-5 in the bottom of the eighth, as Dakota Chalmers came on to make his Gastonia debut.

However, the debut was mixed, as Chalmers coaxed a pop up of Hawkins and a strikeout of Isaias Tejeda to breeze through the first two outs.

Walks to Manuel Geraldo and pinch-hitter Cesar Cuevas brought Marshall to the plate, where he hit a towering home run over the center field batter's eye to trim the deficit to 10-8.

In the ninth, Jesus Balaguer would secure the win and his 20th save of the season, keeping the Legends off the board despite allowing a pair of base runners. The save secured the win for Bernal, moving his record to 2-0.  Wes Albert absorbed the loss, falling to 1-4.

Five Gastonia players had multi-hit games, led by Jake Skole and Jarrett´s three hit performance. Joseph Rosa, Luis Castro and Emmanuel Tapia collected two hits each in the win.

Tomorrow, Ian McKinney gets the ball for Gastonia, as the club pursues their 65th win of the year.


Charleston 5, Southern Maryland 4 (10 innings)

(8/2/2022, Waldorf, MD) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs led nearly the entire way on Tuesday night, coming one out away from winning the series opener with the Charleston Dirty Birds.  After eight terrific innings from Daryl Thompson, the Dirty Birds tied the game in the ninth off Mat Latos, before taking the lead off of the former Big Leaguer in the tenth as Charleston took a 5-4 series-opening win. 

 The Blue Crabs got the scoring started in the first inning. Jack Sundberg walked before stealing two bases.  With two outs and a runner on third, David Harris blasted a fly ball to deep center field, scoring Sundberg to put the Blue Crabs ahead 1-0.  With Harris on second, Alex Crosby punched a single into left, giving the Blue Crabs a 2-0 lead. 

 The Dirty Birds got a run back in the fourth before the Blue Crabs bats reignited in the fifth.  Jack Sundberg walked to start the inning,  Two batters later, Braxton Lee drove a liner over the Mini Monster in left-center field, giving the Blue Crabs a 4-1 lead. 

 Charleston chipped away at Southern Maryland’s lead in the seventh, when Edwin Espinal hit an opposite-field solo home run over the right-field wall. Daryl Thompson ended up going eight innings, allowing two runs on just four hits and no walks. 

 In the ninth inning, the Blue Crabs turned to Mat Latos (L, 3-3)(BS, 5).  After recording a couple of fly-outs, Latos walked Nick Heath.  The next batter, Edwin Espinal, destroyed a game-tying home run over the left-center field.   

 In the bottom of the ninth inning, Kevin Siegrist (W, 4-0) entered and dominated.  He retired the Blue Crabs in order in the ninth.  In the top of the 10th inning, Latos surrendered another run as Diego Goris drove in Alfredo Gonzalez, giving the Dirty Birds the lead for the first time.  Kevin Siegrist went back for the 10th inning, setting down the Blue Crabs in order to end the game. 

 With the loss, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs fall to 62-28 overall, and 14-10 in the second half.  The Blue Crabs return to Regency Furniture Stadium tomorrow at 6:35 pm. 





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