Senators can’t hold late lead to preserve win for Fedde

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The Hartford Yard Goats scored five unanswered runs to top the Harrisburg Senators 6-5 on Saturday night at FNB Field. The Senators had raced out to an early 5-1 lead but couldn’t hold on for the victory.

Harrisburg starter Erick Fedde allowed a two-run home run to Collin Ferguson in the top of the sixth inning but left in line for the win up 5-3. Reliever Phillips Valdez was knocked around for three runs on three hits including a double off the bat of Elvin Soto that Zach Collier couldn’t corral in front of the wall in left-center field.

“We were right there, we just didn’t finish it,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “(Valdez) elevated the ball, and they made him pay for it.”

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Fedde started for the Senators scattering five hits and allowing three runs over seven solid innings. It was an encouraging outing to see from the 24-year-old righthander after he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning against the Thunder in his previous start.

“He was a two-pitch pitcher in Trenton,” pitching coach Chris Michalak said. “That worked great the first time through the order, you can get away with it. But that second time through if they only have two options, they can eliminate one.”

Against the Yard Goats on Saturday night, Fedde once again made sure to utilize his change-up as part of his repertoire. Something he failed to do in Trenton.

“Tonight there was a focus of using it again,” Michalak said. “He threw 24 change-ups and it made all of his other pitches better. It was a legitimate swing and miss pitch.”

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Osvaldo Abreu was ejected by home plate umpire Patrick Sharshel when the shortstop slammed his bat down after getting rung up on strikes in the fifth inning. LeCroy relayed that Abreu didn’t say anything to Sharshel, instead he was ejected solely for his outburst that ended up breaking his bat upon impact.

Rule 9.01 (d) gives umpires the authority to disqualify any player for “unsportsmanlike conduct” so Sharshel was well within his rights, but the ump has to let that go in that situation.

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Fedde threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 28 batters he faced…four Senators (Drew Ward, Collier, Alec Keller, and Abreu) registered multi-hit games…Jake Johansen worked a scoreless ninth inning in relief.

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