Reading Finishes Sweep of Sens with 12-10 Win

Drew Ward with four hits and three RBIs

Drew Ward smacked four hits and drove in three runs but it wasn’t enough in the Senators 12-10 loss to Reading on Sunday night. The game produced 22 runs on 33 hits including a season-high 17 for the Senators. Though they scored ten runs, the Senators left five runners on base in the 7th and 8th innings and twelve in the game.

Ward drove in two in the first inning for the Senators with a double. Phillips Valdez took the mound with a 2-0 lead and couldn’t get out of the first. He allowed three runs and left with the bases loaded.

Trailing 3-2 into the second, Harrisburg scored four runs to retake the 6-3. However, Reading again came right back and plated five of their own to retake an 8-6 lead. Reading tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth before the Senators offense came to life again.

Nick Lee was the only Senators' pitcher who wasn't scored on in their 12-10 loss (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Nick Lee was the only Senators’ pitcher who wasn’t scored on in their 12-10 loss (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

The Sens plated three in the seventh to trim the deficit to 10-9 but left runners at second and third. Reading again came back and tacked on two more in their half of the seventh to reclaim a 12-9 lead.

Harrisburg scored a run in the eighth but left the bases loaded.

Wilmer Difo and Nick Rickles both had three hits while Neftali Soto had two for the Senators. Rafael Bautista drove in two for the Senators. Of the 17 hits, only four were extra base hits and all four were doubles. The Senators went 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Phillips Valdez started and took the loss. Following Valdez was John Simms, Derek Self, Abel De Los Santos and Nick Lee. Only Lee went unscathed pitching a scoreless eighth inning.

Harrisburg returns home and faces Erie on Monday night to begin a four-game series, beginning at 7:00. Greg Ross takes the hill for Harrisburg against Erie’s Calvin Drummond. 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.

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