|Reggie Taylor hit HR Wed.|
Adam Witter's solo shot in the sixth was all the Barnstormers could muster against Newark's Bob Zimmerman, who lost a no-hit bid on that blast. Rick Bauer took the loss for Lancaster, allowing four runs (one earned) over five innings.
Having taken the first three games of a four-game set, Lancaster had already won a series defined by the long ball. The teams combined to score 63 runs and hit 16 home runs in four days. Each squad had three players hit homers in at least two games in the series.
|Ward homered in 3-straight gms.|
Ward's home run in Thursday's contest, a two-run shot, gave him three straight games with a round-tripper.
For a Lancaster lineup shut down by York last weekend, Newark's league-worst ERA was just what the doctor ordered. The Barnstormers extended their league-leading home run total to 106 while the Bears' pitching staff has now given up 113 dingers on the year, 21 more than any other Atlantic League team.
Long Island (10-11) vs. Lancaster (11-8) - Fresh off the series win Lancaster welcomes Long Island to town for a three-game set beginning Friday. The Ducks split their home series with Somerset this week, allowing ten runs in two straight losses to end it.
While Long Island has the third-best team batting average in the league (.273, two points above Lancaster), the Ducks are only the sixth-highest slugging team (.401 to Lancaster's 2nd-best .436).
The series-opener can be found on Cable 11 beginning live at 7pm.