Senators cling to 4-3 victory over Curve

Mapes notches his league-leading 12th victory

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The Harrisburg Senators held off an Altoona Curve charge to top the division leaders, 4-3, in front of 3,487 fans at FNB Field on Tuesday night. The win gave Harrisburg pitcher Tyler Mapes his Eastern League-leading 12th victory.

“I don’t think my boys are going to quit,” manager Matt LeCroy said about the win. “We’re not out of it yet. You never know, we can get on a little roll.”

“I’m proud of them. They came in and fought.”

Altoona drew first blood as outfielder Barrett Barnes launched a solo home run in the top of the second inning off Harrisburg starter Mapes (12-8). But the Senators’ stopper kept the Curve off the board the rest of his outing as the 25-year-old right-hander scattered six hits over five innings while walking one and striking out five.

“He’s just been so consistent for us,” LeCroy said. “I wasn’t quite sure what ten days off for him would look like, but he actually threw the ball pretty good.”

Harrisburg (65-63) put Mapes in position to get the win with some clutch two-out hits in the third after loading the bases on a single from the pitcher and two walks. Drew Ward cashed in with a single up the middle that plated two to give the Senators a one-run lead. Another walk re-loaded the bases and Adrian Sanchez slashed a single to score two and push the advantage to 4-1.

“He’s sort of our veteran guy right now. He’s been here the longest,” LeCroy said about Sanchez. “He needs to step up like this more often.”

Tyler Mapes worked five innings to notch his Eastern League leading 12th win (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

Tyler Mapes worked five innings to notch his Eastern League leading 12th win (Will Bentzel / MiLB)

But as Altoona relievers shut down the Senators, the Curve batters chipped away as they scored a run off both Sam Runion and Wander Suero in the sixth and seventh innings to cut the lead down to 4-3. The run off Suero came courtesy of a solo shot from Stetson Allie, his 13th home run of his career against Harrisburg.

Suero would get his revenge an inning later as Altoona loaded the bases on a hit batsman, single, and walk with two outs to bring Allie back up to the plate. This time, Suero froze the outfielder on a curve ball that got him looking for a called third strike.

Andrew Robinson­­­­­­ avoided the drama and worked a perfect ninth inning for his sixth save of the season.

The Senators conclude their series with the Altoona Curve on Wednesday evening at FNB Field as Michael Brady will face Cody Dickson. Bring your favorite four-legged friend with you since it will be the Senators’ last Wet Nose Wednesday of the 2107 season. 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 6:45 p.m.

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