Soto Homers in Senators 3-2 Loss to Akron

The Harrisburg Senators took an early 2-0 lead against Akron but couldn’t hold it as Akron rallied for a 3-2 win. The win was the 17th straight at Canal Park for the RubberDucks.

In the first, the Senators took a 1-0 lead against Carlos Carrasco, starting for Akron in a big league rehab outing. In the fourth, Neftali Soto connected for his fourth home run on the season giving Harrisburg a 2-0 lead. The Senators followed the home run with a hit and a walk but couldn’t score further in the inning or the game. The Senators left six runners in scoring position. Harrisburg went one-for-nine in at bats with runners in scoring position.

Neftali Soto connected for his fifth home run of the season (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Neftali Soto connected for his fifth home run of the season (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Akron tied the game in the fourth on a two-run home run off the bat of Nellie Rodriguez then took the lead in the eighth on a double by Rodriguez scoring Bradley Zimmer.

In the ninth with one out, Shawn Pleffner narrowly missed a game tying home run but later drilled a double putting the tying run at second with one out. However Stephen Perez followed with a flyball to left and Rafael Bautista grounded to first to end the game.

Wilmer Difo, Chris Bostick and Pleffner all had two hits for the Senators.

Tyler Mapes started and went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs. He was followed by Nick Lee who pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Bryan Harper pitched the ninth and took the loss, though he allowed a run he also pitched out of a second and third no outs situation by striking out two and getting a pop up, giving the Senators a shot in the ninth.

The Senators and Akron RubberDucks play game three of their four-game weekend series at 2:05 p.m. with The Matt LeCroy Show beginning at 1:50 on Fox Sports 1460 AM or at senatorsbaseball.com.

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