Plays of the Month: August/September
Harrisburg came up just short of the 2016 postseason, but in the process the Senators gave the fans an exciting last month of the season. Let’s take a look back at some of the best plays of the month. As always the choices were tough, but somebody had to make them. Here are the Top 5:
5. August 5 vs. Trenton: Kieboom’s great baserunning and Stevenson’s big blow
The Senators began a four-run rally with a leadoff walk by Spencer Kieboom. The catcher moved up to third with heads up baserunning on a flare into shallow right from Adrian Sanchez. “That just shows you if you are thinking first-to-third and you’re smart about it you can make it. To me that was the biggest play of the game,” manager Matt LeCroy said. Rafael Bautista followed with a chopper off home plate that he beat out for a single and scored Kieboom for the Senators’ first run. Andrew Stevenson delivered the big blow in the inning with a triple down the right field line to score two. The speedy outfielder scored on a sacrifice fly from Isaac Ballou to give the Senators a four-run lead they would never relinquish.
4. August 24 vs. Altoona: Keyes delivers walk-off
Down to their last out, the Harrisburg Senators rallied off Altoona closer Montana DuRapau for a stunning 4-3 victory that marked the first time in nearly a month that Harrisburg won back-to-back games. Kevin Keyes delivered the game-winning RBI with a single up the middle that scored Andrew Stevenson from third base. Stevenson had previously singled home Shawn Pleffner in the inning to tie the score and set up the late game heroics.
3. August 10 vs. Altoona: Great first impression for Fedde
Erick Fedde pitched seven solid innings to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 5-2 win over the Altoona Curve in his Double-A debut. The Nationals’ 2014 first-round pick retired the side in order only one time, but the Curve touched Fedde for a lone two-out run in the seventh inning.
2. September 2 vs. Hartford: 13 innings is just enough for Bautista
Rafael Bautista delivered the bases-loaded single in the 13th inning to give the Harrisburg Senators a stirring 4-3 victory over the Hartford Yard Goats and keep their playoff hopes alive. In the deciding frame, Harrisburg rallied on a couple of walks and a sacrifice bunt fielder’s choice. That set the stage for Bautista who ripped a single up the middle, through the drawn-in infield to score Stephen Perez from third base for the win.
1. September 5 vs. Hartford: Marmolejos provides a little bit of magic left on final day
Despite being eliminated about an hour before, the Harrisburg Senators had one last piece of magic left in them as they scored three runs on six consecutive singles for a 5-4 walk-off win over the Yard Goats on the final day of the regular season. The win marked the 76th victory of the season as the Senators became the first Eastern League team since 2002 to miss the playoffs with that win total. In the ninth inning, the Senators loaded the bases off Hartford closer Jerry Vasto as Nick Rickles, Adrian Sanchez, and Khayyan Norfork each singled. Pinch-hitter Isaac Ballou evened the score at 4-4 with a single to right that scored Rickles and Sanchez. Two more singles, the last one by Jose Marmolejos, proved to be the difference as Ballou coasted home on the first baseman’s line drive.