Game 26: Barnstormers @ Patriots

Game 26 – Lancaster Barnstormers @ Somerset Patriots
May 21, 2010
TD Bank Ballpark – Bridgewater, NJ

Pitching Matchup: LAN Neal Musser vs. SOM Jason Monti

Starting Lineups:

LANCASTER

Vic Gutierrez, LF
Matt Watson, DH
Jason Perry, RF
Aaron Herr, 3B
Bryant Nelson, SS
Adam Witter, C
Joe Gaetti, CF
Jed Morris, 1B
Toshihisa Nishi, 2B

Neal Musser, P

SOMERSET

Wayne Lydon, CF
Joe Holden, RF
Noah Hall, LF
Matt Hagen, 2B
Joe Burke, 1B
Iggy Suarez, DH
Jason Belcher, C
David Housel, 3B
Elliott Ayala, SS

Jason Monti, P

Radio Links: Click here to listen to Adam Amin’s broadcast on WCTC

Live Box Score: The link to Pointstreak box score is here.

In-Game Updates (LIVE from the ballpark): An interesting top of the first to say the least.  Jason Monti threw 27 pitches in the first frame; 15 of them for balls.  Jason Perry appeared to hit a very long home run off of Monti, and was allowed to cross the plate…but the umpires convened and ruled the ball was foul.  Now, I was down by the Barnstormers dugout when this happened…and there was a looooooooooooot of disagreement down there.  Something about a bull’s waste products and something about the umpire being less than qualified for his position.

In any event, Monti gets out of the frame unscathed…and it’s a 0-0 game, heading into the bottom of the 1st.

Joe Holden takes a page out of the Wayne Lydon playbook…he’s on with a beautiful bunt single down the first base line after Lydon flew out to center.

A much better second inning from Monti…14 strikes, 3 balls.  He’s still at 44 pitches through two innings, which isn’t great…but it’s an improvement.  He’s allowed three walks, but no hits.

Nice stop by David Housel at third base…but his throw got his first baseman, Joe Burke, dumptrucked at first base by Aaron Herr.  That had runners on the corners and two outs for Bryant Nelson in the third…but Burke made an outstanding, leaping grap on a Nelson laser down the first base line.  How good is Joe Burke?  I mean…people think Somerset and they think “The Big Three” all the time, but it’s about time that expands to a four-man group.  0-0, B3.

Scoreless through three…Elliott Ayala got the game’s second hit…but that’s about it.  Neal Musser’s been pretty solid through three for the Barnstormers.  0-0, heading into T4.

Joe Burke with another nice play at first…picking an Elliott Ayala throw out of the dirt for the out.  Guy is just fun to watch.

For anyone who starts thinking about no-hitters in the second inning or so…say, someone who writes this blog, for example…you’re out of luck.  A clean Jed Morris single through the right side ends your hopes.  Monti himself was never going to make it the distance anyway, as he’s just thrown his 75th pitch and we aren’t out of the fourth yet.

0-0, heading into B4…

Still scoreless heading into the 7th…Monti is out, Carlos Hines now in.

Neil “Ketchup And” Musser is done after 6 1/3…Tim McNab now on in relief for Lancaster.

Not sure if that was supposed to be a double steal, or was a botched hit and run or what…but with one out and Iggy Suarez up, that play went wrong twice.  He fouled one off with both runners going, and then weakly popped the next one to the second baseman, who simply tossed over to the man covering second to double off the runner.  Still 0-0, heading into T8.

Brian Henderson in for the 8th…

And the first run of the game is scored on a routine, two-out ground ball.  Elliott Ayala simply threw the ball away…both Housel and Ayala have had some rough throws tonight, and it finally cost Somerset.  Lancaster leads, 1-0, T8.  Perhaps Iggy Suarez shouldn’t be DH’ing…

David Housel picked a nice time for his first hit of the year…his one out double has given Somerset a chance here in the bottom of the 8th.

Ayala gets Housel over to third…

Tim Hamulack comes in for Lancaster…he’ll face Wayne Lydon.

Ryan Houston comes in for the 9th…

Matt Watson with a double to right field with one out off of Houston…

Scott Patterson comes in to close this one out for Lancaster…

Noah Hall with a gapper to right center off of his former teammate…there’s one out, Hall’s at second and Matt Hagen’s up.

Hagen with a single that gets Hall to third…Hagen ends up at second with some confusion on the throw.

Burke is being intentionally walked to load the bases for Iggy Suarez…

Suarez pops out…Jason Belcher with a chance to be the hero…two outs, bases loaded, bottom 9…

And Belcher does it…a walk-off, two-run single up the left side and Somerset wins it, 2-1

In-Game Photos:

Jason Monti

Jason Perry

In-Game YouTube Videos:

Jason Monti

Jason Perry’s disputed home run

Final Score: 2-1, Patriots

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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2 Responses to “Game 26: Barnstormers @ Patriots”

  1. Devin McCullen Says:

    That was a fun ending. Most of the game was a bit more on the frustrating side. But all’s well that ends well. And you’re absolutely right about Burke’s fielding. That was a sweet play.

    Geez, Lancaster’s got 14 pitchers? So 1 PH and 1 backup catcher, and that’s it.

    Don’t suppose you know why they had to page the Lancaster bus driver?

  2. patriotsashmore Says:

    Somerset has 14 pitchers as well…

    And no idea what the deal was with the bus driver. That was odd. Guessing the bus was blocking the access to set up the fireworks? No clue.

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