Senators Offense Comes to Life in 8-6 Win
Blackmar pitches into eighth inning for the win
The Harrisburg Senators rallied from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits to defeat the Bowie Baysox 8-6 on Thursday night. The Senators win, coupled with Erie’s win over Akron, means the Sens return home just one-half game out of the wild card spot in the Western Division.
Mark Blackmar started and earned the win tossing seven innings and allowing five runs, however, at one point he retired 11 straight batters while the Sens offense came to life.
Trailing 2-0 into the fourth, the Sens tied the game on an error and a two-out single by Brian Jeroloman. After Bowie took a 4-2 lead, the Sens scored twice in the fifth on a single by Wilmer Difo and an RBI ground out by Jose Marmolejos. The Sens then tallied three in the sixth on a two run triple by Rafael Bautista followed by an RBI single by Difo.
Bowie scored a run in the eighth but left the bases loaded when Robert Benincasa induced a pop out followed by two strikeouts.
Shawn Pleffner drove in Difo with an insurance run in the ninth inning when he doubled off the fence in left center field. Mitch Lively pitched the ninth and allowed a run but retired the final two batters for his first save with the Senators.
Brian Jeroloman had three hits and Bautista, Difo, and Pleffner all had two hits for the Senators.
The Senators return home to begin a five-game series against the Hartford Yard Goats at 7:00 p.m. Friday night. The game can be heard on Fox Sports 1460, iHeart Radio, and the Tune In App beginning with the Matt LeCroy Show at 6:45 p.m.