Plays of the Month: May
May was a good month for the Senators, as they finished 19-11 in the month. The 19 wins marked the most by the Senators in a month since the 2009 Harrisburg squad won 19 games in the month of August. So, unsurprisingly, there were quite a few good plays made by the Senators. Here are the Top 5:
5. May 13 vs. Akron: Neftali Soto launches a grand slam
As part of a second six-RBI night in a span of four days, the Senators’ cleanup hitter emptied the bases with a long drive to the deepest part of FNB Field. The grand slam snapped a 3-3 tie as the Senators went on to beat Eastern League-leading Akron, 11-7
4. May 29 at Akron: Reynaldo Lopez strikes out career-high 12
In just five innings of work, the Senators’ fireballer racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts, giving him the Eastern League lead. The 12th and final punchout came as Lopez worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the fifth inning.
3. May 11 at Richmond: Cutter Dykstra ties it up with pinch-hit single
Despite already having the series victory in hand, the Senators got a little greedy as Dykstra laced a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game 1-1. The Senators ended up winning the game later by scooring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch during an intentional walk to secure the series sweep of Richmond.
2. May 9 at Richmond: Cutter Dykstra’s empties bases with pinch-hit triple
Just two days prior, Dykstra had an even bigger hit off the Harrisburg bench as he hit a long three-run triple to push the Senators in front in the seventh inning. The Senators went on to win 6-4 in the first of three victories in Richmond.
1. May 3 vs. Hartford: Bostick hits walk-off homer to beat Yard Goats
The Senators actually had four walk-off wins in the month of May, including a game-ending sacrifice fly and a walk-off walks on back-to-back days (more weird than exciting), which leaves Bostick’s as the most dramatic. His walk-off homer to left set the tone for what was a month of May that firmly put the Senators in the playoff hunt.