Late inning heroics provide another comeback victory for Senators

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For the second straight game, Harrisburg overcame a late deficit to post a come from behind victory as they victimized the Portland Sea Dogs to come out of FNB Field with a 4-3 win on Thursday evening.

The Senators got on the board first behind back-to-back hits in the second inning as Osvaldo Abreu doubled and Yadiel Hernandez singled him home. Harrisburg would add another run in the fifth inning as Victor Robles, in the heralded prospect’s home debut, drove in Hernandez from second base with a double. Despite two runners in scoring position, the Senators failed to plate additional runs as Corban Joseph and Jose Marmolejos struck out in succession.

Starting pitcher Austin Voth made the two runs stick during his outing as he stifled the Sea Dog batters. The 25-year-old right-hander tossed six strong innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out six.  “I thought he had better rhythm and the game tempo was better,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “He threw some really good off-speed pitches.”

The Senators held on to their slim 2-1 advantage until the top of the eighth inning when Portland got to reliever Derek Self. Leading off the frame, Joseph Monge launched a home run to tie the game up and then took the lead on a couple more base hits. Cole Sturgeon followed with a double after he got a second life during his at-bat as a pop foul fell between catcher Raudy Read, Self, and first baseman Dan Gamache. Sturgeon strolled home on a Michael Chavis double to give the Sea Dogs their first lead of the game, 3-2.

But the Senators once again provided the late inning heroics with a rally off Portland relievers Trevor Kelley and Bobby Poyner. After Read struck out to begin the inning, Gamache doubled down the left field line to put the tying run in scoring position. Drew Ward battled and finally drove a pitch back up the middle that allowed Gamache to score just ahead of the throw. Abreu followed with a single that moved Ward up to third and Hernandez plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.

“He’s (Ward) been fighting through some stuff,” LeCroy said. “He’s been hot, then very, very cold. He’s starting to slow some things down a little bit and his position is a little bit better. He’s still got a lot of work.”

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Andrew Robinson worked a scoreless ninth to pocket his fourth save of the season…Senators batters five through eight (Gamache, Ward, Abreu, and Hernandez) accounted for eight of the team’s ten hits…Harrisburg is now 3-1 against Portland in their season series.

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