Bullpen dominant again in 4-2 win
Giolito twirls five innings for the victory
The Harrisburg Senators used some early offense and stellar mound work to best the Bowie Baysox, 4-2, in the opening game of their weekend series before 5,449 fans at FNB Field. The win was the Senators’ fourth straight victory, a season high for the team.
Harrisburg (19-20) wasted little time in getting on the board as Chris Bostick laced a pitch off the glove of a diving Glynn Davis in centerfield. The two-out double scored both Wilmer Difo and Isaac Ballou to give the Senators a 2-0 lead. Harrisburg added to the lead in the fourth inning when Adrian Sanchez delivered a flare down the line in right field to score Zach Collier from second base.
Bowie chipped away in their next at-bats though as Drew Dosch homered off Harrisburg starter Lucas Giolito and Adrian Marin doubled to score Davis and cut the lead to 3-2. That was as close as the Baysox would get as a solo shot by Harrisburg first baseman Neftali Soto in the 8th inning gave the Senators some breathing room.
Giolito (2-2) threw 98 pitches over five innings for the victory. The 21-year-old allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. “He was better down in the zone but he was still a tick off with his command,” manager Matt LeCroy said of Giolito. “I think he’s gaining more confidence with his fastball every time he goes out.”
The Harrisburg bullpen was brilliant on the evening as they retired the last 12 Baysox batters of the game. Andrew Robinson worked two innings striking out three, Derek Self tossed a frame striking out two, and Bryan Harper earned his fourth save of the season. “Usually when they have that much time off it’s not good, but they came in and attacked the strike zone,” LeCroy added.
Spencer Kieboom led the Senators’ offensive attack with three hits in the game while Difo and Bostick each added two apiece.
The Senators look to keep their winning streak alive on Saturday night at 6 p.m. as they send Austen Williams to the mound to take on Bowie’s David Hess.