Ballou Homers in Loss to Bowie
Brinley tosses scoreless inning in double-A debut
The Bowie Baysox ambushed the Harrisburg Senators, 10-1, in front of 2,368 fans at FNB Field. The Baysox outhit the Senators 13-4, while Harrisburg (41-34) also committed four errors in the loss.
Harrisburg starter Michael Brady cruised through three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Five base hits and a sacrifice fly plated four Baysox runs and ended the right-hander’s night. Brady (1-1) collared the loss in his first start for the Senators striking out two in the process.
The Harrisburg bullpen struggled to stem the tide as Bowie tacked on six runs to put the game out of reach. Relievers Robert Benincasa and John Simms had similar outings as each tossed two innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Benincasa struck out two and Simms whiffed five while walking three. Ryan Brinley worked a clean top of the ninth inning in his first appearance with Harrisburg.
“I wanted to just use three pitchers, but Simmsy had a tough time and threw too many pitches. Chris (Michalak) had a good idea to put him (Brinley) in and get his feet wet. He’s a guy that was on the back end of the bullpen down in Potomac, so we’ll try to ease him into some spots,” manager Matt LeCroy said.
The Senators got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning as Isaac Ballou launched a solo home run, his second of the season, to avoid the shutout. Ballou added a double later to go 2-for-3 on the night. Only Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson, making his Class AA debut, also registered hits for the Senators as Harrisburg scuffled offensively.
LeCroy commented on the promotions of Stevenson and Drew Ward and how that affects the lineup including pushing Ballou to the eighth spot. “I talked to him before the game that this is the way it is and he understood. He’s a good teammate and a good player. He’s going to keep having good at-bats,” the skipper said.
“Obviously it makes our lineup a little different than before. You had some veteran guys in those big spots. Difo is going to have to step up and get better ABs and some hits.”
Harrisburg continues their three-game set against the Baysox on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. as Phillips Valdez heads to the hill opposed by David Hess. Fans can bring any Karns receipt to the box office for buy one, get one free box seats. 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.