Late inning rallies come up empty in 6-4 loss to Baysox

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Faced with an early five-run deficit, the Harrisburg Senators came roaring back to make it close but ultimately fell 6-4 to the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday night at FNB Field.

Bowie got to starter Jaron Long early and often as the Baysox scored three in the first and two in the third inning. Coming into the game, Long had allowed three earned runs or less in all seven of his starts before he got roughed up in his shortest outing of the season as the right-hander went only four innings.

“He had a lot of balls up,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “It just wasn’t his day today.”

But after failing to record a hit the first time through the order off Bowie starter John Means, the Senators put a rally together in the home half of the fourth inning. Leading off the frame, Mario Lisson reached on a throwing error by shortstop Adrian Marin. Jose Marmolejos followed with a single, Neftali Soto and Drew Ward rapped back-to-back-doubles, and Raudy Read singled to cut the Bowie lead to 5-3. Ozzie Abreu grounded into a double play that pushed another run across, but it was as close as Harrisburg would get.

The Senators would threaten again as they put two runners on base in each of the last three frames. “The boys fought back,” LeCroy said. “We had the tying runs on base in the seventh, eighth, and ninth, but we couldn’t get that big hit. Hopefully we’ll get it all going here pretty soon.”

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News broke earlier in the day of the Nationals scratching Erick Fedde from his scheduled start for Harrisburg on Wednesday and moving the top pitching prospect to the bullpen for the rest of the season. Sure enough, Fedde saw his first action as a reliever on Tuesday evening as the 24-year-old right-hander allowed a run on one hit and one walk while striking out two.

“They’re just giving him more options,” LeCroy said. “He’s made seven starts and they’re looking at it as giving him an opportunity to do more roles and this is one of them. I’m sure he’ll embrace whatever we want him to do.”

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Bowie reliever Jesus Liranzo came into the game in the eighth inning firing bullets. On his second pitch, he registered a 101 MPH reading on the in-stadium radar gun. Longtime stadium denizens PA announcer Richard Andree and scoreboard operator Jim Zimmerman were pretty sure that’s the fastest they can remember a pitching hitting. Before Tuesday night, the last guy to break triple digits was Henry Rodriguez on a rehab assignment from the Nationals.

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Prior to the game, a flurry of roster moves took place. We checked in with LeCroy on the two players, Zach Collier and Phillips Valdez, who ended up on the disabled list. Collier injured his quad tracking down a fly ball in the second game in Trenton over the weekend, and Valdez has an issue with his calf.

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