Ross Dazzles as Senators Shutout Reading 2-0
Greg Ross continued posting zeroes and the Harrisburg Senators generated enough offense to top the Reading Fightin’ Phils, 2-0, in front of 6,273 fans at FNB Field. The win snapped Reading’s 11-game winning streak.
Ross (3-0) once again dazzled for Harrisburg as the right-hander went another seven shutout innings. Ross allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five, none bigger than his final batter with the tying run at third base. That baserunner, Rhys Hoskins, was the only Fightin’ Phil to advance past first base off Ross. He has now thrown 21 scoreless innings to begin his tenure with the Senators.
“It’s pretty amazing. He’s attacking both sides of the plate. He’s pitching backwards by mixing in good changeups and breaking balls,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “If you can do that against this lineup, it’s pretty impressive.”
Harrisburg (36-31) gave Ross an early lead when Neftali Soto doubled home Wilmer Difo from second base in the bottom of the third inning. The Senators tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Isaac Ballou came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit single that plated Spencer Kieboom.
Reliever Wander Suero retired both Reading batters he faced before deferring to closer Koda Glover. Glover struck out two over 1.1 perfect innings to earn his fourth save with Harrisburg.
“I thought he (Glover) was sharp last night, tonight was even better and he had to face their guys,” LeCroy said.
Besides scoring both of the Senators’ runs, Difo and Kieboom were the only batters with two hits for Harrisburg. Chris Bostick and Zach Collier also safely reached base twice as each recorded a hit and walk.
Harrisburg concludes their weekend series with the rubber match against the Fightin’ Phils on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. as Reynaldo Lopez heads to the hill opposed by Ricardo Pinto. Before the game fans have the opportunity to play catch on the field and once the final out is recorded kids 12 and under can run the bases. The first 1,000 men 18 and older will also receive a Senators necktie courtesy of Andrews and Patel, Hematology and Oncology Consultants of PA, Holy Spirit Hospital – a Geisinger Affiliate, Urology of Central PA and the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition. 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 1:15 p.m.