Senators rebound from three-run deficit in 8-5 win
Self’s three scoreless innings earn victory
The Harrisburg Senators posted two consecutive three-run innings to tie and take the lead in their 8-5 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The victory broke their season-high five-game losing streak that has seen the Senators drop out of a playoff spot.
Harrisburg starter Whit Mayberry struggled in his first start with the Senators. The University of Virginia product lasted four innings allowing five runs on five hits and two walks. Richmond built up a 5-2 lead on Mayberry as the Flying Squirrels went deep in the first inning and tacked on additional runs in the third and fourth.
But the Senators answered with three runs of their own against Richmond starter Kyle Crick to tie the game on a bases loaded walk to Drew Ward and two-run single from Spencer Kieboom.
That outburst chased Crick from the game, but Harrisburg welcomed reliever Tyler Mizenko with another three-run frame in the sixth inning. Andrew Stevenson delivered an RBI single and Isaac Ballou the back-breaking, two-out double to give the Senators an 8-5 lead they would never relinquish.
Derek Self relieved Mayberry and kept the Flying Squirrels at bay for three scoreless innings. Self (4-2) posted zeroes despite allowing a hit and three walks thanks to four strikeouts.
Nick Lee earned his second save of the season after he settled down in the eighth inning. Lee walked the first two batters he faced, but worked out of the jam with a two ground balls and a strikeout. The southpaw worked two innings for Harrisburg.
Every Senator position player reached base for Harrisburg as Rafael Bautista led the 11-hit attack with three. Bautista and Ballou each drove in a pair while Stevenson and Khayyan Norfork each scored two runs.
The Senators conclude their three-game series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond on Sunday as Erick Fedde takes on Nestor Molina. 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 11:50 a.m.