Atlantic League Results, Sunday, August 21, 2022
Long Island 16, York 9
(York, Pa., Aug. 21, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the York Revolution 16-9 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series at PeoplesBank Park.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the second inning on Joe DeCarlo’s RBI single to center field off Revolution starter Austin Nicely. York took a 3-1 lead against Ducks starter Scott Harkin in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by Connor Lien and Josue Herrera and a sac fly off the bat of Lenin Rodriguez.
However, Long Island responded with a seven-run third inning to go back in front 8-3. Deibinson Romero’s three-run home run and Anfernee Seymour’s grand slam, both over the Arch Nemesis in left, did the damage. Melky Mesa’s RBI double to left-center in the bottom of the third closed the gap to 8-4.
It stayed that way until the sixth when an eight-run inning gave the Ducks a 16-4 lead. RBI singles by Phil Caulfield, Romero and DeCarlo, along with a grand slam by Vladimir Frias, highlighted the inning. The Revs closed to within 16-9 in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by Herrera’s grand slam, but they could get no closer.
Harkin (9-7) picked up the win, tossing five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out five. Nicely (3-11) took the loss, conceding 10 runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks over five innings with two strikeouts.
DeCarlo led the Flock offensively with four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Romero, Frias and Seymour each added two hits and four RBIs as well.
The Ducks continue their road trip on Tuesday night when they open a three-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. 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 LIDucks.com as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel. Right-hander Ryan Meisinger (3-2, 6.25) gets the start for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Nile Ball (7-4, 4.25).
High Point 13, Gastonia 4
GASTONIA, N.C. – The High Point Rockers set a club record by hitting seven home runs in Sunday’s 13-4 win over Gastonia at Caromont Health Park. Quincy Latimore blasted two home runs to become High Point’s career leader in home runs while Zander Wiel’s home run tied the season home run mark.
The Rockers started off quickly, plating three runs in the first and building a 4-0 lead after two innings. With one out in the first, Ben Aklinski doubled and Jerry Downs walked before Latimore hit his 16th homer of the year to give the Rockers a 3-0 lead. That homer was the 43rd of Latimore’s career and pushed him past the career mark of 42 set by Stephen Cardullo during his two-year tenure of 2019 and 2021.
In the second, Michael Martinez reached on a throwing error by Gastonia shortstop Jack Reinheimer and moved to third on a ground out by Jay Gonzalez. Giovanny Alfonzo then singled to center to score Martinez with High Point’s fourth run.
Latimore’s solo homer leading off the fourth was his 17th of the season and 44th of his career. High Point then tied a club record with three homers in the fifth inning. Michael Russell, Downs and Wiel all hit solo shots to put the Rockers up 8-0.
Gastonia scored three in the fifth on a three-run homer by Jack Reinheimer and one in the sixth on a Zach Jarrett homer.
Martinez’s solo homer in the sixth stretched the High Point lead to 9-3. In the seventh, Roldani Baldwin singled home a run and Wiel scored on a balk by Gastonia pitcher Reilly Hovis. Downs’ solo homer in the eighth was the 20th of his career and the seventh of the game for High Point as the lead grew to 13-4.
Liam O’Sullivan improved to 3-4 on the year by throwing 5.2 innings and allowing six hits and four runs while walking two and striking out two. Gastonia starter Ian McKinney (L, 5-3) allowed seven hits and eight runs in his seven innings while striking out eight.
High Point now stands at 57-51 on the season and 18-24 in the second half of the Atlantic League season.
The Rockers will have Monday off and then start a six-game homestand. High Point will host Lexington on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Truist Point.
NOTES: While Latimore broke Cardullo’s mark for career home runs and now has 44 in his career, Downs is close behind, hitting his 41st and 42nd of his career on Sunday… Rockers tied club mark for consecutive innings with a home run as they hit blasts in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Charleston 5, Lancaster 4 (10 innings)
Several times on Sunday evening, the Lancaster Barnstormers were one strike from a relatively easy win.
Charleston scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, then won the game in the 10th, sending Lancaster to a 5-4 defeat in the finale of a six-game road trip.
The Barnstormers remained 2 ½ games ahead of Southern Maryland in the division race as the Blue Crabs fell to Wild Health, 2-0, earlier in the day. Lancaster lost ground to all other clubs in the wild card race and now stand in third.
Cam Booser picked up the first two outs in the ninth and had a 2-2 count on pinch hitter Yovan Gonzalez before a shallow fly ball dropped into center for a base hit. Angel Garced drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch, and Scott Kelly was hit by a pitch to load the bases, also with two strikes in the count. Nick Heath, on a 2-1 offering from Booser, hit a pop up behind shortstop which Jake Hoover dropped as two runs scored.
Heath stole second, putting the tying run in scoring position. Josh Graham took over for Booser, got the first two strikes on newcomer Cosimo Cannella, batting for the first time in the Atlantic League. On a 2-2 check swing, Cannella hit a slow bound toward shortstop. Hoover bobbled the ball on the transfer. Kelly scored easily, and Heath raced home ahead of the throw.
After the Barnstormers failed to score in the top of the tenth, Devon Torrence singled home Alfredo Gonzalez from third with the decisive run against Dominic DiSabatino (6-5).
The game’s ending spoiled a marvelous effort by Lancaster starter Oscar De La Cruz. The right-hander fired seven scoreless innings on four singles without yielding a walk. He struck out nine. Alfredo Gonzalez had three of the four hits off him.
Lancaster took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth off starter Kit Scheetz. Trace Loehr reached on a one-out bloop hit into left center and stole second. Melvin Mercedes bounced a ball toward third, and Alfredo Gonzalez made a wild throw allowing a run to score.
Reliever Ruben Garcia issued four walks and hit a batter in the top of the sixth. Hoover stroked a double inside the bag at third to drive home two runs. A third scored on a bases loaded walk to Trayvon Robinson.
Bret Clarke threw one pitch to get the ‘Stormers out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth to get the game to the ninth inning.
Ex-Barnstormer Ricardo Gomez (2-0) pitched the final two innings for Charleston to earn the win.
Lancaster will host Long Island on Tuesday at 6:30. Nile Ball (7-4) is slated to start for the Barnstormers against Ryan Meisinger (3-2). Fans may tune into the Barnstormers YouTube channel, starting at 6:25.
NOTES: Peroni extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the second…Jacob Barfield was ejected from the game over a called third strike in the seventh…De La Cruz threw his club leading ninth quality start…He has not allowed a run to Charleston in two starts...
Kentucky 2, Southern Maryland 0
(8/21/2022, Waldorf, MD) The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs fell 2-0 to the Kentucky Wild Health Genomes in the rubber match of a three-game set on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Crabs got a stellar performance from their starter, Mitch Lambson (L, 6-8), but the offense fell quiet in the loss.
The ballgame remained scoreless until the third inning. The Genomes had runners on first and second with two outs when Chris Shaw punched a single into right field, scoring Luke Becker. But, Braxton Lee threw out Moises Sierra at third base, ending the inning with the Blue Crabs only surrendering one run.
In the fourth inning, the Genomes took a 2-0 lead when Khris Davis hit his 14th home run of the year over the wall in left field.
Meanwhile, the Blue Crabs’ bats were quiet against the Genomes’ starter, Max Povse (W, 5-9). The right-hander pitched six and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out ten batters.
In the seventh inning, Eury Perez drilled a deep fly ball to left-center field. Zach Collier reached over the wall in left-center and robbed a home run, keeping the deficit at 2-0.
Meanwhile, Mitch Lambson kept dealing. Lambson allowed only two runs on six hits in a complete game against the Genomes.
In the seventh inning, the Blue Crabs loaded the bases on three walks but stranded the bases loaded. The Blue Crabs picked up hits in both the eighth inning and ninth inning. Jack Weinberger (Sv, 4) ultimately closed the door in the ninth, notching the Genomes’ 2-0 victory over the Blue Crabs.
Southern Maryland is back in action against the York Revolution on Tuesday for the first of six games, three on the road before the Blue Crabs return home for three.
Lexington 6, Staten Island 1
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