Plays of the Month: June

Tyler Mapes had June's top play with this touchdown, scratch that...his complete-game shutout (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Tyler Mapes had June’s top play with this touchdown, scratch that…his complete-game shutout (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

June was a second straight winning month for the Senators as they have moved ever closer to the top of the Eastern League Western Division. After an outstanding list in May, this decisions were even tougher for June – a month that featured a ton of outstanding performances. Here are the Top 5:

5. June 10 vs. Akron: Giolito fans career-high 12th batter

Lucas Giolito had it all working on this Friday night at FNB Field, surrendering only a pair of unearned runs while striking out a career-high 12 games against one of the best lineups in the Eastern League in Akron. Little did many know, but Giolito would be making his MLB debut just 18 days later.

4. June 7 vs. Hartford: Difo makes slick barehanded play in Ross’s stellar debut

The Senators were rolling right along when another weapon was added to manager Matt LeCroy’s disposal – starting pitcher Greg Ross. The right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings in his debut – punctuated by this Web Gem by Wilmer Difo – and then threw seven scoreless innings in the next three starts. In all, Ross finished with 30 straight scoreless innings – a new Senators modern-day record.

3. June 28 vs. Bowie; June 22 at Portland: Difo and Ballou drill grand slams to right (tie)

Yeah, we’re going to cheat here – sorry. After going more than a decade without a seven-RBI game by a Senators player, it happened twice in the span of six days. First was Ballou at Portland as he hit a grand slam and drove in seven in a 9-6 win at Portland. Six days later, back at FNB Field, Wilmer Difo hit a grand slam on his way to seven RBI in a 13-10 win over Bowie. Baseball is weird.

2. June 8 vs. Hartford; June 19 vs. Reading: Lopez strikes out career-high 13 twice (tie)

Cheating again! Reynaldo Lopez remains the king of the strikeout in the Eastern League currently with 100, despite being promoted this past Sunday. He’ll probably have the lead for a little while thanks to a wicked stretch ending his time with Harrisburg in which he fanned 56 batters in his final 33.2 innings. Highlighting that time is two 13-strikeout performances in a span of 11 days.

1. June 15 at Trenton: Mapes throws complete game shutout at Trenton

For the first time since current Arizona Diamondback Robbie Ray in July 2013, a Senators’ pitcher threw a nine-inning shutout. On this night it was Tyler Mapes, who needed just 98 pitches to complete his masterpiece. Mapes allowed only three hits and a walk as he remained locked in all night long with Harrisburg providing just one run in a 1-0 victory.

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