Ballou and Bostick with Two Hits in 10-2 Loss to New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats ambushed the Harrisburg Senators in two big innings to win going away, 10-2, in front of 1,927 fans at FNB Field. The Senators (26-24) reached base safely only once after the third inning as three Fisher Cats relievers blanked the squad.
Both teams got on the board in the first inning as both starting pitchers labored, each throwing 30 pitches. Isaac Ballou broke an 0-for-30 skid with a single up the middle that scored Rafael Bautista from second base to tie the game up at one. Neftali Soto followed with an RBI ground out to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.
“(Ballou) has been trying to do much I think. He keeps a good attitude about it. I think he’s strong-minded so I really don’t worry about him,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “It’s always good to square some balls up when you haven’t been feeling that well.”
Harrisburg pitcher Austen Williams settled down until the fourth inning when the Fisher Cats broke through against the right-hander. After tying the game up, New Hampshire loaded the bases and cashed in on a chopper to the drawn in infield. First baseman Shawn Pleffner ranged to his right, but his throw home on the force out attempt pulled Spencer Kieboom off the plate. The ball got away from the catcher and with no one covering home, Ian Parmley scooted home with the second run of the play. But Kieboom then tried to get Shane Opitz advancing to second base with center fielder Bautista covering the bag. Unfortunately the throw sailed into the now vacant center field and two more runs scored to give the Fisher Cats a 6-2 lead.
“I don’t want to let it snowball. We had one bad inning, one play that kind of ruined the night,” LeCroy said. “You have to come back and flush it.”
An inning later New Hampshire touched up reliever Derek Self for another three runs to put the game out of reach. 13-year Major League veteran Matt Belisle worked two innings on a MLB rehab allowing one run on two hits while striking out one. Gilberto Mendez tossed two shutout innings to finish the game for Harrisburg.
Harrisburg was held to just six hits on the evening as 17 batters were set down in order until Chris Bostick singled in the ninth inning. Only two batters, Ballou and Bostick, recorded multi-hit games for the Senators.
The Senators continue their mid-week series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Harrisburg will send Jaron Long to the mound to face off against Jeremy Gabryszwski. The Matt LeCroy Show will begin the radio broadcast at 6:45 p.m. on Fox Sports 1460 AM or at senatorsbaseball.com.