Senators Squander Ninth Inning Lead in 6-5 Loss to Richmond

Senators lose for just the second time this season when leading after eight innings

On Sunday afternoon in Richmond, the Senators took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth but couldn’t hold it and lost 6-5 to Richmond. It was just the second time this season the Senators lost a game when leading after eight innings.

Trailing 2-0 into the sixth inning, the Senators loaded the bases with two outs and then Isaac Ballou singled to right to drive in two runs, though all four scored when the ball was misplayed in right, giving the Sens a 4-2 lead. After Richmond trimmed the score to 4-3, the Senators retook a two-run lead when Khayyan Norfork drove in Stephen Perez with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

In the ninth, Richmond plated the tying run on a wild pitch and then scoring the winning run when a sharply hit ball to first wasn’t fielded allowing the winning run to score from second base.

Kevin Keyes went 2-for-3 after replacing Rafael Bautista in the lineup (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Kevin Keyes went 2-for-3 after replacing Rafael Bautista in the lineup (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Kevin Keyes had two hits in the game.

Erick Fedde started and pitched five innings, leaving the game three batters into the sixth after all three runners to reach. Sam Runion pitched two scoreless innings before turning things over to Andrew Robinson. Robinson took the loss and it was his first blown save of the season.

The Senators return home Monday night to take on the Altoona Curve at 7:00 p.m. It’s a critical three-game series for the Senators as they try to stay in the playoff chase.

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