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Warriors Start Late, Lose 3-2 (4/29)
(story by http://lancasterbarnstormers.com/)
Andy Zwirchitz and Cam Smith threw eight no-hit innings, and Quincy Foster drove in two big runs as Lancaster edged the visiting Road Warriors, 3-2, in front of 5,946 Saturday evening at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
With the combined no-hit bid intact heading into the ninth inning, Lancaster went to closer Scott Patterson to protect a 3-1 lead. The big right-hander worked ahead of Mike Huggins, but the Road Warriors first baseman cracked a long double to right center to end the attempt at history. After the next two hitters fanned against the Barnstormers closer, Derek Barrows stung a single into center, pulling the Road Warriors within one. Patterson was able to bear down and retire Bernie Gonzalez on a foul pop up as catcher Lance Burkhart recorded the final out two feet from the net.
Zwirchitz (1-0) fell behind, 1-0, on four walks in the fourth inning. Otherwise, the right-hander was stellar in his Lancaster debut, fanning five and walking only one other hitter over the first five innings. Smith worked three innings, allowing two walks and striking out two before giving way to Patterson who notched his first save of the season.
Road Warriors starter Chris Eickhorst (0-1) was equally sterling with a no-hitter into the fifth before Alex Hernandez greeted him with a leadoff single to right. He was forced at second by Jutt Hileman, who then scooted around to third on a pair of wild pitches. Lance Burkhart walked, and Manny Santana followed with a ringing single to center, tying the game at 1-1.
One out later, Foster, who is 5-for-9 with four RBI on the year, singled up the middle off the glove of second baseman Teuris Olivares for a 2-1 lead.
Foster tacked on a run in the eighth with a line drive homer down the right field line. The Barnstormers left fielder also contributed a running catch into the left field corner to end the fifth inning, preserving the no-hitter.
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