Between railroad delays and sidewalk construction, getting out to the ballpark was a bit more difficult than usual Wednesday night.
I still managed to get to Newark in time to get some of the Barnstormers to sign their cards from the 2010 team set, but I’ll have to get back over there today to try and finish.
It was an odd night at the ballpark. The clouds looked ready to open up on us at any moment, but aside from a little drizzle the evening remained dry. Just before sunset, we had a rainbow spanning the sky above the outfield.
We also had to make do without a scoreboard because of technical difficulties. The Bears used the video board to display the total runs, hits and errors, but the tallies were usually running a batter or two behind. If you wanted to know the count or the number of outs, you needed to keep track yourself.
Thirty-six year old Wayne Franklin got the starting assignment for the Lancaster Barnstormers, while Shane Youman took the hill for the Bears. I was expecting a four-hour game with lots of runs, but I was only half-right.
Youman struggled early with his control, but he held the Barnstormers to just two hits and no runs over seven innings. Franklin gave up four in the first and three in the second before finally settling down. Carl Everett, Kennard Jones and Isaiah Kaaihue all had home runs for the Bears.
Lancaster staged a rally against reliever Brian “Doc” Holliday in the eighth, scoring three runs with two out. Will Cunnane came on to pitch the ninth, retiring the side after surrendering a leadoff walk.
The Bears’ 8-3 victory knocked the Barnstormers out of a first-place tie with the York Revolution. York, at 19-19, now has sole possession of first place.