Rumble Ponies stampede way to series sweep over Senators with 8-6 win
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies completed a three-game sweep against the Harrisburg Senators with a 8-6 victory. Both teams combined for 28 hits in the game.
Facing Harrisburg starter Wirkin Estevez, the Rumble Ponies brought the lumber in the Sunday getaway day contest. Binghamton scored in four of the five innings Estevez pitched as the 25-year-old right-hander allowed six runs on seven hits and three walks.
Harrisburg though had just as much success off Robert Gsellman, pitching for the Ponies in his third Major League rehab start. The Senators plated three runs in the first and third inning to take a brief 6-5 lead and chase Gsellman from the game. Yadiel Hernandez stayed hot with a double and walk in both innings to drive in three runs. Jose Marmolejos and Jake Lowery each plated a run with an RBI groundout and double respectively.
Binghamton broke the 6-6 tie in the top of the sixth inning off Senators’ reliever Dakota Bacus. A walk, single, and fly out that advanced the lead run to third base set the stage for Kevin Kaczmarski who delivered a single through the box to put the Rumble Ponies up for good. Binghamton added an insurance run in the ninth off Andrew Robinson as Gustavo Nunez hit a solo home run.
The Senators threatened in the ninth as Dan Gamache and Drew Ward led off the frame with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt from Hernandez pushed both tying runs up into scoring position, Harrisburg couldn’t come up with the big hit as Khayyan Norfork struck out and Lowery flew out to end the game.
Hernandez went 2-for-2 with two walks to raise his batting average to .281 on the season. The 29-year-old outfielder has been on an impressive tear since July 1 as he is slashing .347/.426/.526 in 30 games with 17 runs driven in.
Gamache reached base all five plate appearances as the first baseman went 2-for-2 with three walks …Ward registered his sixth multi-hit game in his last 10 played… Braulio Lara and Brady Dragmire each threw a scoreless inning of relief.