How Sweep It Is, Sens Take Two on Tuesday
Ross tosses shutout in Game 1; Bats explode in Game 2
The Harrisburg Senators swept a doubleheader, 1-0 and 10-3, over the Erie SeaWolves in front of 2,345 fans on Tuesday evening. Harrisburg (44-39) ended their longest losing streak of the season at five games with the pair of victories.
In the first game of the twinbill, the Senators were held to just one hit but prevailed 1-0 as Greg Ross twirled a gem to outpitch Erie’s Jason Collier. Ross (4-1) induced 13 ground ball outs on his way to a seven-inning complete game shutout where the right-hander allowed five singles and struck out three. Ross lowered his ERA with Harrisburg to a minuscule 0.44 on the season.
“Ross did a nice job. He gave us a really good effort,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “Anytime you win with one hit, it’s good.”
The Senators plated the game’s only run in the second inning when Neftali Soto tripled past a diving Connor Harrell in center field. The next batter, Drew Ward, scored Soto with an RBI groundout for what turned out to be the game-winner. Soto was the only Senator batter to reach base the whole game as the first baseman also walked in his other plate appearance.
In the nightcap, the Senators drew first blood as they scored two-run first inning runs as Erie pitcher Cal Drummond committed both a fielding and throwing error on the same play.
Andrew Robinson walked the tightrope over three innings of work as he made a spot start, his first since 2011, after making his last 193 appearances in relief. The right-hander allowed three hits and walked four, but kept the SeaWolves off the scoreboard as he worked out of bases loaded jams in two frames.
“Robby had some traffic every inning but did a nice job putting up zeroes,” LeCroy said. “We took advantage of some errors and we had some much better at-bats.”
Erie scratched across a run off reliever Ryan Brinley in the fourth inning, but Harrisburg responded with a five-spot in the bottom half. Three straight singles by Ward, Kevin Keyes, and Shawn Pleffner pushed the Senators’ advantage back to two runs. After Pleffner scored on a Stephen Perez swinging bunt, Wilmer Difo broke the game open with a bases loaded single that plated two. Isaac Ballou followed with another RBI single that made the tally 7-1 in Harrisburg’s favor.
Corey Jones belted a two-run home run off Brinley, but 7-3 was the closest the SeaWolves would get as Senators’ catcher Nick Rickles answered with a two-run home run of his own and Keyes lifted a sacrifice fly to finalize the scoring. The Senators’ 12-hit attack was led by Ballou who had three base knocks while Rafael Bautista and Difo each had a pair.
Wander Suero pocketed his first win of the season with one inning of scoreless relief.
Harrisburg continues their series with the SeaWolves on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at FNB Field. The Senators will send Boone Whiting to the mound to square off against Josh Turley from Erie. Bring your used baseball glove to donate to Baseball Miracles and receive $5 off one box or field box ticket; also, all four-legged friends are welcome at the park as the Senators host Wet Nose Wednesday. 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.