Friday, October 5, 2012
By: Dave Collins

Club Drums Out 16 Hits To Take Game Three

The Lancaster Barnstormers rapped out their first six hits of the night in succession in a six-run fourth inning and were never caught, dropping the Long Island Ducks, 12-5, in the third game of the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series Friday evening at Bethpage Ballpark.

Lancaster now leads the series, two games to one and can capture the franchise’s second pennant in the last seven years with a victory on Saturday evening.

Bob Zimmermann (0-1) checked the Barnstormers on a walk and a hit batter for 3 1/3 innings before Blake Gailen got the Lancaster offense unglued with a fly ball double down the left field line. Tommy Everidge drilled a single into left, sending Gailen to third, and Fehlandt Lentini put the Barnstormers on the board with a ground single up the middle. The first of three singles for Ryan Harvey on the night loaded the bases. Travis Denker ripped a single past third baseman Bryant Nelson to score two and tie the game. Zimmermann was chased when Bridger Hunt laced a triple into the right field corner for a 5-3 lead. Hunt would score on a two-out single to right by Gilberto Mejia off reliever Chris Hayes.

The Barnstormers kept the pressure on Long Island in the fifth. Gailen led off with a bunt single and raced to third as Tommy Everidge singled into right. Lentini scored one run with a sacrifice fly. Harvey and Denker followed with singles to extend the lead to 8-3, and Hunt delivered the ninth Lancaster run in two innings with a sacrifice fly.

For the night, the Barnstormers banged out 16 hits, capped by Francisco Hernandez’ two-run homer to left in the ninth as the catcher abandoned switch hitting and batted from the right side against right-handed reliever Nick DeBarr.

J.D. Durbin (2-0) survived a shaky start and worked six innings. The right-hander allowed seven hits and five runs while walking four and striking out four.

Kraig Binick had three hits, including a triple, for the Ducks. Joash Brodin drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

Mark Brackman will make his first appearance of the post-season on Saturday evening in Game Four. He will be opposed by right-hander John Brownell (0-0). Fans may tune into 1390-AM, WLAN; 1600-AM, WPDC; or the I Heart Radio cell phone app, beginning at 6:45.

NOTES: Denker had his sixth straight multi-hit game in the post-season…He has driven in a club leading 11 runs, one short of Jeremy Todd’s league playoff record…Mejia is the other Barnstormer to have hit safely in all six games…Lancaster has scored 24 runs in Durbin’s two playoff starts…Hunt is a perfect 4-for-4 with five RBI in the playoffs…He was forced out of the game after fouling a ball off his foot during the fifth inning at bat…Kyle Haines replaced him at shortstop.

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