Senators Outlast Altoona 4-2 in 12 Innings

Bullpen goes 8.1 innings allowing just a run

The Harrisburg Senators scored twice in the 12th inning on Saturday night, and then held on as Altoona put the tying runs on base in their 4-2 win over the Curve. Harrisburg used six pitchers in the game, including five in relief of starter Phillips Valdez.  With the win the Senators have evened the series with Altoona and moved to 49-43 on the season while Altoona falls to 52-40.

Rafael Bautista doubled with one out in the 12th and then scored on Wilmer Difo’s double to give the Sens a 3-2 lead. Andrew Stevenson drove in Difo with two outs to give the Senators an insurance run and a 4-2 lead.

Abel De Los Santos pitched the 12th inning for the Sens and earned the save when Barrett Barnes hit a fly ball to left with runners on first and third to end the game. De Los Santos earned his fifth save in six tries for the Senators. He made a winner out of Wander Suero who pitched two scoreless innings himself. Suero improve to 2-0 on the season.

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Pitching on back to back nights, Wander Suero earned his second win of the season with two scoreless innings (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Stephen Perez homered in the third inning to give Harrisburg a 1-0 lead. The Senators extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth on a single by Kevin Keyes that scored Isaac Ballou. Harrisburg would go on to load the bases with no outs but did no further damage.

Altoona scored a run in the fourth and had the bases loaded and two outs when Robert Benincasa entered the game in relief of Phillips Valdez. Benincasa induced an inning ending fielder’s choice to strand the bases loaded. The Curve tied the game in the seventh when Harold Ramirez drove in Kevin Newman with a single.

The teams combined to go five-for-thirty with runners in scoring position and left 25 runners on base.  Four different Senators had two hits, Neftali Soto, Stevenson, Difo and Keyes.

The Senators and Altoona Curve play the final game of their five-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 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 12:45 p.m.

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