Senators come out on the losing end in rain-shortened game

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For the second straight game, the Senators’ starting pitcher tossed a complete game in a losing effort. Unfortunately, that was because the rains came and washed Friday night’s game away with Harrisburg trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Binghamton jumped on Harrisburg starter Greg Ross in the first inning. The 27-year-old allowed all three runs on a double, two singles, and a couple of walks as he faced eight batters before the home team even came to bat.

“He couldn’t pitch down and he was behind,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “He fought himself, but then he settled down and did a nice job. I’m happy because he has had a rough stretch of games. Hopefully that will give him some more confidence to get back to what he’s capable of doing.”

Harrisburg inched back within a run in the second inning as Yadiel Hernandez hit an opposite-field two-run home run off former Senator Tommy Milone. That was as close as Harrisburg would come even though they threatened with base runners in each of the following innings.

Playing under an ominous sky for most of the game, the Senators outhit the Ponies 7-5 as Khayyan Norfork went 2-for-3 to lead the offense.

“We’ve been swinging the bats a little better and playing some better ball,” LeCroy said. “Hopefully we can string some things together here at the end.”

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The Nationals’ top prospect Victor Robles was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. After the game, LeCroy discussed that it pertained to Robles’ technique in the outfield. “We’re working on him catching the ball correctly,” the skipper said. “It had to be addressed. He understands.”

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Milone, who went 12-5 with a 2.85 ERA for Harrisburg in 2010, was making his second appearance with the Ponies as part of his Major League rehab. The 30-year-old southpaw has been on the New York Mets’ disabled list since May 24.

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Ross went six innings allowing five hits and walking three while striking out three…Raudy Read picked up his 22nd double of the season with a two-bagger down the right field line…Hernandez is now slashing .387/.435/.597 in 19 games since the All-Star break.

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