Ross Strong Again but Sens Fall 8-0
Greg Ross sees consecutive inning scoreless streak snapped
Jayson Aquino and Jimmy Yacabonis shut down the Harrisburg Senators to propel the Bowie Baysox to a 8-0 victory in front of 5,078 fans. A day after pounding out 13 runs on 15 hits, the Senators were held to just two singles during the afternoon matinee.
Harrisburg starter Greg Ross extended his scoreless innings streak to 30 before allowing a pair of runs in the third inning. Despite collaring his first loss with the Senators, the 26-year old right-hander still tossed a quality start in the effort. Ross (3-1) scattered eight hits and allowed three runs while striking out two.
The Senators best chance came in the bottom of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases on two walks and a Kevin Keyes single with nobody out. But Aquino struck out Shawn Pleffner on three pitches and induced the rally-killing double play off the bat of Nick Rickles to end the threat.
“We had a big spot with the bases loaded, but didn’t get anything,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “I think that gave Aquino some momentum and he took off. He pitched well, but we had our chances and our at-bats became not so good from that point on.”
“I just feel like when you get a guy on the ropes, you have to get him right there.”
Harrisburg (42-35) managed only two more baserunners, walks to Keyes and Drew Ward, the rest of the way. Neftali Soto, Keyes, and Ward were the only Senators to reach base twice and Rickles accounted for the team’s other base hit.
In relief, Derek Self allowed a solo home run to Drew Dosch to push the lead to 4-0, but the big blow came in the ninth off Wander Suero. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Henry Urrutia who deposited the first pitch he saw into the left field seats for a grand slam and insurmountable eight-run lead.
“The way it is set up now is that guys are going to be pitching in way more stressful spots,” LeCroy said about his bullpen situation. “There are going to have to be other guys that have to step up and do it. It’s a true test to see what you got.”
Harrisburg heads to Berks County to begin a weekend matchup against the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Boone Whiting will make his first start for the Senators opposed by Ricardo Pinto at FirstEnergy Stadium with a scheduled start time on Thursday of 7:05 p.m. 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 6:50 p.m.