Senators Split Two with New Hampshire
Stephen Perez homers for game two walk-off winner
It took the Harrisburg Senators 14 innings to score a run, but it was enough to salvage a doubleheader split against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in front of 3,863 fans at FNB Field as Stephen Perez smoked a walk-off home run onto the rightfield boardwalk. Both teams went a combined 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position over the two games.
“Kind of the same game, just the other direction,” manager Matt LeCroy said about the similarities with a different result.
In the first game of the twinbill, Conner Greene outdueled Michael Brady to lead New Hampshire to the one-run victory. The difference for the Fisher Cats was a solo home run by Roemon Fields in the sixth inning that broke the scoreless tie.
Brady (2-5) took another hard luck loss as the right-hander tossed the seven-inning complete game for the Senators scattering eight hits while striking out one. It was the third time this season the Senators were shut out in games Brady has started.
“It’s one of those situations where maybe he’s trying to do too much because we’re not scoring runs. As a coach, you start nitpicking a pitch he gave up a home run on but he only gave up one run,” LeCroy said. “He’s still having good starts. Hopefully, the tide will turn a little bit for him.”
Harrisburg mustered only four hits off Greene, the Blue Jays’ number two-ranked prospect per Baseball America. Three of the hits were off the bat of Isaac Ballou as the outfielder was perfect at the plate in three trips.
In the nightcap, John Simms started for Harrisburg and went five scoreless but earned the no decision as the Senators failed to plate a run for the Rice product. Wander Suero (3-0) pocketed the victory behind two innings of relief where the Dominican allowed a lone hit and struck out one.
Perez led off the bottom of the seventh inning with the game-winning blast, his fourth of the season, to send the Senators home winners. Harrisburg’s eight-hit attack was led by Rafael Bautista’s three hits and two base knocks from Drew Ward and Perez.
The Senators and Fisher Cats conclude their three-game series with a matinee slated to begin at 12:00 noon. Phillips Valdez gets the ball for Harrisburg against southpaw Shane Dawson. All four-legged friends are welcome at FNB Field as the Senators host another 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 11:45 a.m.