Senators can’t finish off sweep as Rumble Ponies win 3-1

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Looking for their first four-game winning streak of the season, the Harrisburg Senators fell 3-1 to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Sunday afternoon. The loss also prevented the Senators from sweeping their first four-game series at FNB Field since June 2016.

Coming off a seven-inning complete game shutout five days ago, Binghamton P.J. Conlon twirled six more shutout innings before Harrisburg chased the southpaw from the game in the seventh inning with a single and a walk. Harrisburg second baseman Stephen Perez greeted reliever Tim Peterson with a single through the right side that scored Yadiel Hernandez from second base to put the Senators on the board. Peterson was able to induce a groundout and strikeout to leave the tying two runs on in scoring position.

Despite collaring the loss, Taylor Hill pitched one of his better games of the season as the 28-year-old right-hander held the Rumble Ponies to one run on three hits through six. But the seventh proved to be his downfall as well as Binghamton tacked on two more runs to give them an extra cushion in the late innings. Hill walked one and struck out two as he tossed 85 pitches over seven innings.

“He mixed in his really, really soft breaking ball to make his fastball play a little bit harder,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “He’s getting better every time. That’s a good sign for him. I think he’s gaining some confidence in his fastball that he can throw it for strikes.”

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Perez, who was reassigned from Syracuse as the corresponding move when Alec Keller was placed on the disabled list on Saturday, arrived at FNB Field last night after the Senators’ 7-3 win. The infielder went 2-for-3 and hit the ball hard each time he came to the plate.

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Braulio Lara and Brady Dragmire each tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Harrisburg…Hernandez joined Perez as the only two players with multiple hits on the day…the Senators head to Richmond for a three-game series before returning home for another four-game weekend set hosting the Portland Sea Dogs, Class AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, for their only visit to FNB Field in 2017.

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