Senators can’t hold three different leads in 10-9 loss to RubberDucks

Stephen Perez (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

For about ten minutes on Tuesday night, it looked like Stephen Perez was going to be the late inning hero for a second night in a row as he put the Senators up 9-8 over the RubberDucks on a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. But Akron right fielder Taylor Murphy one upped Perez with a two-run shot off Harrisburg reliever Dakota Bacus to give the Ducks a 10-9 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

After a one hour and 32 minute rain delay to start the game, the Senators wasted little time jumping out to a big four-run inning on a single from Jose Marmolejos and RBI doubles from Raudy Read and Yadiel Hernandez. But Harrisburg starting pitcher Austin Voth labored until eventually Akron broke through for a run in the third and then four more in the fourth before the right-hander’s night was done. The Ducks tacked on another tally as Bobby Bradley greeted reliever Braulio Lara with a solo shot, his 22nd of the season.

Harrisburg tied the game back up at six with singles from Hernandez, Osvaldo Abreu, and Khayyan Norfork along with the aid of a throwing error from Akron catcher Eric Haase. The Senators kept their offense rolling with another two runs in the following frame on an Abreu sacrifice fly and Perez RBI groundout.

But Akron responded off reliever Tim Collins for two in the top half of the sixth inning to tie the game back up at eight. It stayed that way until Perez strode to the plate the bottom of the eighth as the game headed closer to midnight.

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Catcher Raudy Read was the second Nationals’ prospect in as many nights to go down in a heap with an injury. The 23-year-old backstop was hit in a sensitive area as he tried to block a ball in the dirt. Jake Lowery replaced Read in the middle of the fifth inning and will get the start on Wednesday as manager Matt LeCroy had previously planned to give Read the game off anyway.

A night after taking a pitch off his right knee, the Nationals’ top prospect Victor Robles did not play in the loss. However, LeCroy said he would be in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the RubberDucks.

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Hernandez went 3-for-4 with two doubles to raise his batting average on the season to .287…Jimmy Cordero worked two scoreless frames striking out two…the home run to Murphy was the first long ball Bacus has allowed this season since April 12.

Game 134 vs. Akron: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 08/29/2017

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TONIGHT’S GAME

The Senators welcome the Akron RubberDucks to FNB Field for their final home series of the 2017 season. The Senators won the series opener 2-1 on a walk-off RBI single by Stephen Perez in the bottom of the 12th. The RubberDucks have now lost 11 of their previous 13 games. The season series between the two clubs is tied at 5-5.

EXTRA INNINGS

Stephen Perez gave the Senators their third walk-off win of the season with his game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th of the series opener. The game marked just the sixth extra inning game of the season for the Senators, the fewest such games played by any team in the Eastern League.

ROBLES HITTING STREAK

After his first inning single Monday night, Victor Robles has now recorded a hit in 16 consecutive games, tying Neftali Soto for the longest Senators hitting streak of the season. The streak is tied for the third longest in the Eastern League this season. Prior to this season, no Senators player had recorded a hitting streak of at least 16 games s

STARTING PITCHERS

Austin Voth starts the series opener for the Senators. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.28 ERA across eight starts this season. Voth has tossed three quality starts over his past four starts and has lasted at least six innings in five of his past six starts. For more information on Voth, please visit the starting pitcher page on page two of the game notes.

The ‘Ducks counter with starter Matt Whitehouse. The left-hander is 7-8 with a 4.44 ERA in 26 games and 17 starts with Akron this season. Whitehouse started against the Senators on July 4, and worked six innings of two run ball en route to the win. The 26-year-old was originally drafted in the 19th round of the 2013 draft out of UC Irvine

Robles, Bacus, Cordero, and McGowin highlight Nationals’ contingency slated to play in the Arizona Fall League

Victor Robles (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

Arizona Fall League rosters were announced earlier today and four Harrisburg Senators (Victor Robles, Dakota Bacus, Jimmy Cordero, and Kyle McGowin) are being sent to represent the Washington Nationals on the Mesa Solar Sox. The 2017 season begins Tuesday, October 10, and typically showcases many of the best young players and prospects from all 30 Major League organizations.

Robles, the Nationals’ top prospect, has made the seamless transition to Double-A as the outfielder is batting .323 in 32 games for the Senators with 22 runs scored, 10 doubles, and three home runs. He went 1-for-3 on Monday night to extend his hitting streak to 16 games before being removed after getting hit on the right knee while attempting a sacrifice bunt.

After a disappointing 2016 campaign, Bacus has rebounded with his best professional season. The 26-year-old reliever has a 1.22 ERA in 37 innings over 21 games between Potomac and Harrisburg while striking out 29 batters.

Cordero can hump it up to triple digits on the radar gun but has struggled with his command for most of the season walking every sixth batter he has faced. The 25-year-old flamethrower has been inconsistent for the Senators, posting a 27.00 ERA in April, 2.54 ERA in May and June, and an 8.78 mark in July and August.

McGowin has returned from a DL stint a new and improved pitcher after clearing his head and working on a mechanical fix in Florida. Through July 9th, McGowin combined for a 1-11 record with a 7.62 ERA and 1.79 WHIP at Syracuse and Harrisburg. But since then hitters are batting .258 off him and he is sporting a sub-2.00 ERA in four starts.

The Nationals other representatives are Potomac catcher Taylor Gushue, third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, and former Senator Austen Williams.

 

Kyle McGowin looks like a completely different pitcher as Senators rally late for walk-off victory

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Through the first 11 innings, the Harrisburg Senators left an astounding 18 men on base as both teams struggled to score runs. So even though Dan Gamache led off the bottom half of the 12th with a double, you knew scoring the winning run wouldn’t be easy. After Gamache was thrown out at home on Drew Ward’s single to left field, once again there was that sinking feeling that the Senators would fail to cash in on their opportunities.

But walks to Yadiel Hernandez and Khayyan Norfork loaded the bases for Stephen Perez, who had entered the game in the top of the ninth inning in Victor Robles’ leadoff position. Perez, who in his first at-bat had popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt, redeemed himself with a single over the Akron shortstop’s outstretched glove to give Harrisburg the 2-1 walk-off victory.

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In two starts since returning to the Senators, Kyle McGowin has looked like a completely different pitcher than the one we saw here in his first five outings with the club. The 25-year-old right-hander was demoted from Triple-A Syracuse in mid-June and continued an alarming trend in Harrisburg where he was beat up and around until he carried an air of defeat with him to the mound. Through July 9th, McGowin combined for a 1-11 record with a 7.62 ERA and 1.79 WHIP at the two levels.

“He made some adjustments with Mitch (pitching coach Chris Michalak) and Menhart (minor league pitching coordinator Paul),” Matt LeCroy said. “They let him go to Florida to work on it and clear his mind. It’s hard to compete up here when your mind isn’t right. He went down there and did some sim games and then he went to Potomac before coming back.”

Monday night at FNB field, McGowin was poised as he mowed down the RubberDucks’ lineup for the second straight start. He went seven strong innings allowing a lone run, a first inning solo homer to Francisco Mejia, while striking out five and walking just one.

“The quality of his strikes are a lot better,” Michalak said. “They are down in the zone with movement and then his breaking ball is a quality pitch. It’s in the zone for a long time and then has a tendency to miss some barrels. He’s pitching with confidence right now.”

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Robles, the Nationals’ top prospect, was beaned on the side of the right knee as he squared around to lay down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning. He stayed face down on the ground in pain for about a minute as trainer Eric Montague and LeCroy attended to the 20-year-old outfielder. But Robles eventually made it to his feet, ran the bases, and even played defense the next inning. However, when his spot in the batting order came up the next time, Perez pinch-hit for Robles.

“He said he could go,” LeCroy said. “But I think it got him pretty good.”

After the game, Robles was visibly limping around the clubhouse and the skipper said the rising star will be evaluated tomorrow.

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Norfork and Gamache led the Senators’ offensive attack with three hits apiece…the bullpen trio of Kyle Schepel, Matthew Crownover, and Derek Self was masterful as they combined for five shutout innings allowing only two baserunners.

Game 133 vs. Akron: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 08/28/2017

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TONIGHT’S GAME

The Senators welcome the Akron RubberDucks to FNB Field for their final home series of the 2017 season. The are coming off a 3-4 road trip after dropping three of four to Reading in their prior series. Akron snapped a five game losing streak with their 6-4 win over Erie on Sunday, however the team has lost 10 of its previous 12 games. The Senators captured two of three against Akron in the first series of their prior road trip but Akron holds the season series edge 5-4.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Jose Marmolejos was named Eastern League player of the week for week of August 21-26. Marmolejos is the first Senator to be awarded player of the week honors this season. Marmolejos led all Eastern League players RBIs (9), runs scored (8), and total bases (23) last week and tied for the league lead in hits (12) and extra-base hits (6). He also finished ranked among the weekly league leaders in batting average (.462-2nd), slugging percentage (.885-2nd)

MARMO HITTING STREAK

Jose Marmolejos extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his eighth inning RBI double Sunday eveninig. Marmolejos is the fourth Senators player this year to have a hitting streak of ten or more games, joining Victor Robles, Corban Joseph and Neftali Soto.

ROBLES HITTING STREAK

After a pair of hits Sunday evening, Victor Robles has now recorded a hit in 15 consecutive games. The 20-year-old has had multiple hits eight of the 15 games overall, across which he’s hitting .407. With a hit Monday, Robles would tie Neftali Soto’s 16 game streak for the longest Senators hitting streak of the season. Robles is the number five prospect in minor league baseball according to MLB.com

STARTING PITCHERS

Kyle McGowin gets the ball in homestand opener for the Senators. The right-hander is 1-5 with a 8.51 ERA across six Senators starts this season. McGowin worked his first quality start with the Senators en route to his first Senators win in his last appearance on August 23 at Akron. For more information on McGowin please visit the starting pitcher page on page two of the game notes.

The ‘Ducks counter with starter Luis Lugo. The left-hander is 8-7 with a 4.56 ERA over 24 games and 23 starts this season. Lugo allowed a pair of runs on four hits in five and two thirds innings in his last start which came against the Senators on August 23. The 23-year-old was originally signed by Cleveland as an non-draft free agent on February 28, 2011.

Fan Appreciation Night finishes out the 2017 home schedule in final homestand

Monday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Military Monday presented by WHP580. To say ‘thank you’ for all you’ve done serving our country, we’re offering all current members and veterans of the military a free box seat ticket to the game. Their families are welcome to half-price box seat tickets. Ticket promotion is only valid at the box office.

 Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Karns Max Saver Tuesday presented by Karns! Bring your Karns receipt to the box office for buy 1, get 1 free box seat tickets for that night’s game! Tickets must be purchased at the box office. Ticket offer excludes Club seats. Max four tickets per receipt.
  • Tasty Tuesday! An $8 ticket add-on is available for purchase which includes a hotdog, popcorn, nachos, soda, and a mighty mini ice cream sandwich! Tasty Tuesday add-ons are available online, over the phone, or at the FNB Field box office!

Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Wet-Nose Wednesday presented by Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center. Your favorite four-legged friend is invited to the park with you every Wednesday!
  • Winning Wednesday presented by the PA Lottery! One fan wins a Pennsylvania Lottery / Harrisburg Senators Prize Pack!

Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Akron RubberDucks (AA Indians), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Fan Appreciation Night. All fans will receive a giveaway as they enter FNB Field, while supplies last.  And as a thank you for being the best fans in baseball, we will have thousands of dollars-worth of giveaways and prizes offered to fans all throughout the night.
  • Community Aid Free Parking presented by Community Aid. Bring a full bag of clothes to donate and park for free! Donations will be accepted at City Island as you are parking.
  • Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light and 105.7 The X. Enjoy $2 Coors Light drafts on the boardwalk!

Additionally, beginning today through Wednesday, $4 out of every $10 box seat ticket sold online for our Monday through Wednesday games will be donated to the American Red Cross. To purchase a ticket and have the money donated simply use the promo code word RELIEF. This offer is good for online ticket sales only.

With the Harrisburg area having been affected by floods in the past and the devastation they bring, we’re encouraging fans to purchase their tickets online and use the promo code RELIEF. Once again, this offer is good for online ticket sales only.

Jose Marmolejos Named Eastern League Player of the Week

Jose Marmolejos (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

The Eastern League announced today that Harrisburg Senators’ OF/IF Jose Marmolejos has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of August 21st through August 27th. The Senators’ slugger is the first Harrisburg player to win player of the week honors this season.

The 24-year old batted .462 (12-for-31) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, nine RBIs, eight runs scored, four walks and a .885 slugging percentage in seven games for the Senators last week. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native had at least one hit in all seven games he played in last week and had back-to-back three hit performances on August 22 and 23 against Akron. Marmolejos finished the week on an 11-game hitting streak overall.

Jose, who is hitting .288 (107-for-422) with 14 home runs and a team-high 60 RBI in 99 games with the Senators this season, was signed by the Washington Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on June 15, 2011. Marmolejos, now in his second season with the Senators, was selected as a Mid-Season Eastern League Western Division All-Star earlier this year.

Game 132 at Reading: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 08/28/2017

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TONIGHT’S GAME

The Senators and Fightins finish the four game series Sunday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Fightins took the first the two games of the set before the Senators captured game three 4-2 behind six strong innings from starter Greg Ross. This is the final series of the year between the two clubs and The Fightins hold a 9-4 edge in the season series.

ROAD WARRIORS

With a win in the series finale the Senators can capture their third consecutive winning road trip after they took two of three from Akron to start the current trip. The Senators have either split or tied their last five road series, and have not lost a road series since July 24-26 against Richmond.

STARTING PITCHERS

Brady Dragmire takes the ball in the series finale for the Senators. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA across 16 games and four starts this season. Dragmire earned his fourth win in his last start after allowing three earned runs in five and a third innings against Akron on August 22. For more information on Dragmire please go to the starting pitcher page on page two.

The Fightins counter with starter Cole Irvin. The left-hander is 5-3 with a 4.16 ERA across 11 starts with the Fightins this season. Irvin made his double-A debut against the Senators June 28 and worked six innings of two run ball en route to the win. The 23-year-old was drafted by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2016 draft out of the University of Oregon.

Game 131 at Reading: Lineup and Notes

 

GAME NOTES 08/26/2017

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TONIGHT’S GAME

The Senators and Fightins play game three of the four game series Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Fightins took the first the two games of the set after their 3-1 game two victory. This is the final series of the year between the two and The Fightins hold a 9-3 edge in the season series. The Senators need to win the final two of the games of the series in order to finish with their third consecutive winning road trip.

ROBLES HITTING STREAK

After his second inning single, Victor Robles has now recorded a hit in 13 consecutive games. The 20-year-old has had multiple hits seven of the 13 games overall, across which he’s hitting .362. Robles is the number one number five prospect in minor league baseball according to MLB.com.

MARMO HITTING STREAK

Jose Marmolejos extended his hitting streak to nine games with his third inning single Friday night. With a hit in game three of the series, Marmolejos can become the fourth Senators player this year to have at least hit

STARTING PITCHERS

Greg Ross takes the ball in game three for the Senators. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 6.90 ERA across eight starts with the Senators this season. Ross allowed nine runs over three and a third innings in his last start against Akron on August 21. For more information on Ross, please go to the starting pitcher page on page two of the game notes.

The Fightins counter with starter Franklyn Kilome. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA across three starts with Reading this season. Kilome worked eight shutout innings in his last start on August 21 against Bowie. The 22-year-old is the eighth ranked prospect in the Phillies

Game 130 at Reading: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 08/25/2017

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TONIGHT’S GAME

The Senators finish the seven game road trip with a four game series against the Reading Fightin Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Fightins captured the series opener 4-2 after they were staked to an early three run lead on a home run by Damek Tomscha in the first. This is the final series of the year between the two and The Fightins hold a 7-3 edge in the season series. The Senators took two of three from Reading the last series these two teams played August 1-3.

ROBLES STREAKING…

After his sixth inning single, Victor Robles has now recorded a hit in 12 consecutive games. The 20-year-old has had multiple hits seven of the 12 games overall, across which he’s hitting .408. Robles is the number one number five prospect in minor league baseball according to MLB.com.

… SO IS CORBAN

Corban Joseph extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the fourth inning. Joseph’s streak dates back to July 29 as he was on the disabled list from August 9-15. The 28-year-old is hitting .404 during the streak with three home runs.

STARTING PITCHERS

Taylor Hill gest the ball in game two for the Senators. The right-hander is 4-5 with a 5.66 ERA across 15 games and 14 starts with the Senators this season. Hill allowed just two runs over seven and a third innings in his last start against Trenton on July 20. For more information on Hill, please go to the starting pitcher page on page two of the game notes.

The Fightins counter with starter Elniery Garcia. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA across three starts with Reading this season. Garcia tossed five shutout and three-hit innings against Hartford in his last start on August 20. The 22-year-old began the season on the disabled list and the restricted list before being activated on August 9.