Sens Shut Down on Friday Night in 4-0 Loss
Reading starting pitcher Nick Pivetta exacted some more revenge on his former team as the right-hander pitched a complete game shutout over the Harrisburg Senators, 4-0. The loss was the Senators’ fourth shutout of the season.
Reading took control of the game when they sent nine batters to the plate in the second inning off Harrisburg starter Phillips Valdez. The Fightin’ Phils plated four runs on six singles in the frame. All four runs were scored with two outs.
“I was very, very pleased with his outing,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “We were one pitch away. That’s the difference with really good clubs. They tend to get those two out hits and make you work to get that last out.”
Meanwhile, Pivetta continued his mastery over his old team. Pivetta posted nine zeroes allowing seven hits and three walks while fanning five. The former Senator has now run his scoreless streak against Harrisburg to 20.2 innings over three starts since his was traded to the Philadelphia organization last July. Pivetta also went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and run scored.
Valdez (0-1) tossed six innings surrendering just those six hits in the fateful second inning. The lithe right-hander walked one, struck out six, and hit a batter in his second outing for the Senators. John Simms and Koda Glover worked three scoreless to keep the Phils in check.
Zach Collier was the only Senator with more than one hit as the outfielder went 2-for-4. Wilmer Difo reached base three times as he walked twice and stretched a single into a hustle double.
“Offensively, we had a chance,” LeCroy said. “We just didn’t get it done.”
Harrisburg continues their three-game series against the Fightin’ Phils on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. as they send Greg Ross to the FNB Field mound. The first 2,000 fans through the gate will also receive a blue item in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness and the Senators will be wearing special blue jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the cause. 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 5:45 p.m.