Senators Rally Twice for 6-5 Win over Portland
The Harrisburg Senators fought their way out of a 4-1 hole and again at 5-4 to best the Portland Sea Dogs, 6-5, in the series-opening game. The victory extended the Senators’ winning streak to seven games.
“The guys are playing good,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “One thing I’m proud of is that if we make some mistakes, we don’t get down. I think earlier in the season we would make some mistakes, and then we wouldn’t get back in it.”
Harrisburg (22-20) pushed a run across in the second inning as Adrian Sanchez’ swinging bunt scored Zach Collier from third base. The lead was short-lived, however, as Portland broke through for a big inning in the top of the third when they plated four runs off Harrisburg starter Tyler Mapes. In the frame, the Sea Dogs rapped out a double, triple, single, and a home run to take a 4-1 lead. Mapes would hold the Sea Dogs at bay the rest of the way, scattering eight hits over six innings with four strikeouts.
After scoring a run on a Shawn Pleffner RBI single earlier, Spencer Kieboom delivered the big blow, an opposite field home run, to tie the game up at four headed into the seventh inning.
“I thought he took some hard swings. He got a ball up and he did the job and more,” LeCroy said.
Portland reclaimed the lead off Harrisburg reliever Derek Self, but the Senators had one more answer for the Sea Dogs. Chris Bostick led off the eighth inning with a triple, his second of the game, to the right-center field gap. Zach Collier followed with his own triple to score Bostick and put the go-ahead run 90 feet away.
“Late in the ballgame it was pretty loud. We hit some balls in the gap, driving the ball to all fields, and executed some situations there,” LeCroy said.
After a walk and a groundout, Sanchez came through with the two-strike sacrifice fly to score Collier with the deciding run.
Self (2-1) picked up the win and Koda Glover worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to pocket his second save of the season.
Bostick went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Collier rapped out two hits and scored three times, and Shawn Pleffner chipped in two singles to lead the Senators’ offensive attack.
The Senators continue the Portland Sea Dogs’ only visit to City Island this season on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Harrisburg will send Reynaldo Lopez to the mound looking for his second straight victory against Portland’s Keith Couch.