Senators Outslugged in 9-7 Loss to Altoona

Marmolejos with three hits and two RBIs

The Senators offense broke out of their month-long slump, scoring seven runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Senators fell 9-7 in game one of their three-game series against the Altoona Curve. With the loss, the Senators fall 2 ½ games behind Altoona for first place in the Western Division.  Harrisburg falls to 61-54 on the season and has now dropped three in a row and eight of twelve. Altoona is 63-51 on the season and snapped out of their hitting slump as well.

Phillips Valdez started for the Senators and didn’t last through the second inning. John Simms followed and pitched 4.1 innings before turning things over to Robert Benincasa, who pitched two innings and took the loss.

The offense came back from 4-1 and 7-4 deficits to tie the game each time. Adrian Sanchez had a two-out two-run single in the second to tie the game. Andrew Stevenson drove in the tying run in the eighth with a two-out single, his second hit of the game. Jose Marmolejos had three hits, driving in a run in the seventh and one in the third. Drew Ward had two hits in the game as did Stevenson.

Andrew Stevenson collected two more hits on Tuesday night including the game-tying RBI single (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Andrew Stevenson collected two more hits on Tuesday night including the game-tying RBI single (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

After the Senators tied the game 7-7 in the top of the eighth, Stetson Allie homered off Benincasa leading off the bottom of the eighth to give Altoona an 8-7 lead. They tacked on one more in the eighth for the 9-7 final.

Game two of the series is Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. and can be heard on Fox Sports 1460, iHeart Radio and through the Tune In app beginning with the Matt LeCroy show at 6:45 p.m.

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