Senators split doubleheader with Altoona

Simms tosses five scoreless and Pleffner drives in two in win

The Harrisburg Senators held on for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap to salvage a doubleheader split with the Altoona Curve. The win gave the Senators a record of 48-43 and left them still four games behind the Curve in the Western Division standings.

In the first game, Altoona jumped on Harrisburg starter Michael Brady for two solo home runs as the Curve cruised to a 5-0 victory behind rehabbing Major Leaguer Ryan Vogelsong. Brady (2-3) allowed all five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.

Hits were hard to come by for the Senators as they managed only three singles, two in the first and one in the seventh inning, off Vogelsong and reliever Montana DuRapau. Wilmer Difo had two hits and Andrew Stevenson had the other one for Harrisburg.

John Simms earned the win with five masterful shutout innings in the doubleheader nightcap (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

John Simms earned the win with five masterful shutout innings in the doubleheader nightcap (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Despite being called upon for a spot start, John Simms answered the bell with five shutout innings in the nightcap. The right-hander was dominant as Simms (6-4) allowed only two singles while striking out six.

First baseman Shawn Pleffner and catcher Nick Rickles were the offensive stars for the Senators. The pair broke the deadlock in the fourth inning as Pleffner and Rickles each tallied an RBI single. Pleffner added a solo home run, his third of the season, in the sixth inning to give Harrisburg a much needed insurance run.

After Abel De Los Santos worked out of trouble in the bottom of the sixth, Wander Suero allowed a two-run homer to Eric Wood in the final frame. With suddenly no wiggle room, Suero induced a pop up and fly out to end the game as he pocketed his second save of the season.

The Senators and Altoona Curve continue their series on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. The games 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 5:45 p.m.

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