Senators Drop Sloppy Game to Altoona 8-4

Altoona commits franchise-record 7 errors in win

On Thursday night in Altoona, the Senators took an early 3-0 lead but couldn’t hold and dropped the series finale to Altoona 8-4. The Curve won despite committing a franchise record seven errors, six in the first two innings. The game was delayed 65 minutes by a power failure followed by a rain storm at the end of the seventh inning.

Harrisburg, now 62-55 on the season, scored three times in the first inning on four errors. Rafael Bautista doubled, stole third, and scored on a throwing error. Mark Blackmar started and took the loss for the Senators. He walked the leadoff batter for the Curve and then gave up a two-run double to Jin-De Jhang making it a 3-2 game in favor of the Senators.

Rafael Bautista was the only Senator with multiple hits as the outfielder went 2-for-5 (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Rafael Bautista was the only Senator with multiple hits as the outfielder went 2-for-5 (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Altoona, 64-52, broke the game open with a six-run third inning, sending ten batters to the plate. The big hit of the inning was a two-run single by Curve starting pitcher, Alex McRae, his first hit of the season.

The Sens tallied a run in the seventh to trim the deficit to 8-4 but that’s where the game ended.  Harrisburg was 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Derek Self and Wander Suero worked the final two frames, both scoreless, for the Senators.

It was the fourth time in the past nine games the Senators have scored first and lost. Prior to the past nine games, they had won 15 consecutive games when scoring first.

The Senators open a three-game series Friday night against the Binghamton Mets at FNB Field. The first pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. with the radio broadcast starting with the Matt LeCroy show at 6:45 p.m. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1460, iHeart Radio and through the Tune In app.

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