Rumble Ponies canter their way to 4-3 victory over Senators

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Behind by a run and down to their last out with the bases loaded, infielder Corban Joseph had the opportunity for the Senators’ second walk-off win in as many days. But when Binghamton third baseman David Thompson squeezed Joseph’s pop up in foul territory, the Harrisburg comeback fell one run short on Sunday afternoon at FNB Field.

“I hate losing games like that,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “This team (Binghamton) has the record they have because they finish games. Bottom line.”

The two teams took a 2-2 tie from the fourth through the 11th inning until Binghamton finally struck for two runs off R.C. Orlan and Jimmy Cordero. The two relievers continued a discouraging trend as they walked four batters in the fateful inning. As a team, the Senators walked a total of 24 batters in the three-game series against the Rumble Ponies.

“It’s hard to compete up here if you can’t throw it over,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “It’s too hard when you give them free bases.”

“I can’t think of a better situation for Orlan to pitch in than against the lefties. He’s having a hard time getting them out. It’s not even really close so he’s going to have to work on some things. You pitch 1-0, 2-0 in this league they’ll make you pay. If you don’t throw it over at all, they really make you pay because now you’re dealing with traffic.”

But even faced with a two-run deficit, the Senators weren’t prepared to go quietly. After Yadiel Hernandez singled and Alec Keller walked, Mario Lisson singled up the middle to plate Hernandez and cut the lead in half. A fielder’s choice and walk loaded the bases for Joseph’s final at-bat of the game.

“I really like the fight of them at the end. We could have put our heads down and pouted, but they put together some pretty good at-bats and put pressure on them,” LeCroy said. “I’d like to see that intent a little bit earlier in the game.

“A lot of times with these games that are tied up they make early outs on early contact during poor at-bats on bad pitches. You’ve got to learn from that last inning that you can make the guy work a little bit. You’ve got to put heat on them. It’s hard. I don’t care what level you are at, that last inning is tough.”

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Despite falling in extra innings, the Senators outhit the Rumble Ponies 12-9…Senators’ relievers have allowed 24 runners to score of the 59 they have inherited this season including two of four on Sunday afternoon…Erick Fedde worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to lower his ERA as a reliever to 2.63…the Harrisburg defense kept the Senators in the game as the infield turned four double plays each one bigger than the previous one.

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