Ross Tosses Gem, Senators win 5-3
Harrisburg Senators’ starting pitcher Greg Ross made quite the first impression on his new teammates and the 2,275 fans at FNB Field on Tuesday night. Promoted from Potomac on Monday, Ross was masterful in shutting down the potent Hartford Yard Goats’ lineup on the way to the Senators’ 5-3 victory.
Harrisburg (30-26) got to Hartford pitcher German Marquez early as they rapped out nine hits in the first three innings. The Senators pushed two across in the first frame on a wild pitch that scored Rafael Bautista and a 6-4-3 double play that plated Wilmer Difo.
The Senators tacked on a run in each of the next two innings with both rallies coming entirely with two outs. Wilmer Difo tripled home Bautista in the second and Shawn Pleffner drove in Kevin Keyes with a single in the third frame.
“I thought we had some good at-bats in the first couple of innings,” Senators’ manager Matt LeCroy said.
But the story of the night was the Senators’ debut of Ross (1-0) who spun seven scoreless innings on an efficient 76 pitches. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out two.
“I feel like I’ve been pitching confidently with all four of my pitches for strikes,” Ross said. “Me and (Spencer) Kieboom were on the same page tonight, so it was good. I read swings a little but, but at the same time he’s reading stuff. He called a good game tonight.”
Wander Suero and Nick Lee matched up in the eighth inning to throw a scoreless frame for Harrisburg.
Hartford made things interesting in the ninth inning off closer Koda Glover. The Yard Goats spoiled the shutout bid and plated three runs before Glover struck out pinch-hitter Rosell Herrera, who represented the tying run, to end the game.
LeCroy shouldered the blame for Glover’s outing, “That’s my fault. The guy can’t go that long without pitching.” Glover last pitched five days ago. “He was super strong. I don’t like to see anybody sit that long. You could tell that tonight.”
Harrisburg’s 10-hit attack was led by Chris Bostick who went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his third long ball of the season. Keyes and Difo were the other Senators with multi-hit games as they both notched two hits apiece.
The Senators and Yard Goats continue their three-game set on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. with Harrisburg sending Reynaldo Lopez to the mound. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1460 AM, on the internet at senatorsbaseball.com, or through the TuneIn and iHeart Radio apps with The Matt LeCroy Show beginning the radio broadcast at 6:45 p.m.