Senators Drop Series Finale at Erie, 8-2
Brady fans career-high 10 in six innings
The Harrisburg Senators were unable to complete a sweep of the Erie SeaWolves Wednesday afternoon, falling 8-2, in the final game of an eight-game road trip for the Senators.
Harrisburg (52-44) finished 5-3 on the trip, winning 3-of-5 in Altoona and taking 2-of-3 at Erie. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Senators.
Michael Brady set a new career high in strikeouts on Wednesday, punching out 10 Erie batters in six innings of work. Brady’s previous best was nine strikeouts, which came last season against Frisco when he was pitching for Anaheim’s AA affiliate, Arkansas. However, Brady was saddled with the loss Wednesday as he allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks.
Erie took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Tyler Bortnick. The Senators responded in the third inning as Stephen Perez walked with one out. Then with two outs, Perez stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Andrew Stevenson drove in Perez with a single through the left side to tie the game. Stevenson then stole second base and scored on an RBI single by Wilmer Difo.
However, the lead was short lived as Erie scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning on a Jason Krizan RBI single and a Brady balk that allowed Bortnick to score from third.
Bortnick, who finished 3-for-4, tripled to lead off the fifth inning and scored on a Krizan sacrifice fly.
After Brady pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, Erie scored three runs in the seventh inning and one in the eighth off Harrisburg reliever Ryan Brinley.
Each of the first four hitters in the Senators’ lineup, Stevenson, Difo, Rafael Bautista and Neftali Soto, had a single in the game. Bautista stole his 41st base of the season and is now just 10 shy of tying the franchise record of 51, set by Jim Reboulet in 1987.
The Senators return home to begin a seven-game homestand tomorrow, beginning with a four-game series against Richmond. The series opener will begin at 7:00 p.m. and 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.