The Coldest Game

Will Bentzel / Harrisburg Senators

With the unseasonably warm April, it might be easy to forget how bitterly cold it was just two short weeks ago for Opening Night at FNB Field. The temperature that Friday never dipped below 40 degrees on the scoreboard, but the 20 miles per hour winds cut through everything you were wearing and chilled you to the bone. Players relied on portable heaters in the dugout, hand warmers, lots of layers, and pretty much anything to stay as warm as possible. Outfielder Andrew Stevenson remarked that it was the coldest game he could ever remember playing in.

But not everyone in the home dugout agreed with Stevenson.

Manager Matt LeCroy remembers cold weather being the norm in places like Rochester and Edmonton during his playing career. “Rochester was cold the longest. I don’t like wearing sleeves and I wore sleeves that year for what felt like the whole year. It was cold all of the time,” LeCroy said. He points to Opening Day 2007 in Rochester as the coldest game he ever played in. “We played a day game at 1 o’clock and I think it started around 37 degrees. It was below freezing by the end of the game,” he said. “They almost called the game.”

It wouldn’t have been a new experience for LeCroy as he remembers that happening too. “We got cancelled because it was too cold in Edmonton. It was sunny with clear skies,” he said. “Two days in a row, we got ‘colded’ out.”

Pitcher Greg Ross grew up in Maryland and went to Frostburg State located in the Allegheny Mountains on the eastern slope of Big Savage Mountain so he’s used to playing in the cold. “I think my senior year of college we had five home games,” Ross said. “It was a full season of that weather.”

“It’s funny seeing the southern guys come up and say this is cold,” he said. “Nah, this is a good day up here.”

Even the grounds crew and front office staff remember a colder game just three short years ago. A Wednesday morning matinee at then Metro Bank Park was delayed for 46 minutes while the field thawed out and the first pitch temperature rose to 34 degrees. The grounds crew chipped away ice from the edges of the playing surface for what was and is the coldest start-time temperature team officials can remember.

Pitching coach Chris Michalak grew up in Joliet, Illinois, attended Notre Dame, and played in numerous “cold weather” cities during his minor league journey including Edmonton. So when he has stories about cold games, you just turn on the tape recorder and let him go.

“I remember we played at Purdue in March and it’s no fun,” he recalled his college days. “The worst is in the bullpen because you would be freezing and then they expect you get loose. There would be times when I could not feel my finger because I would have it outside my glove. It hurt so badly every time the ball would come back to me. The worst thing is to sit down there, with no cover, and it’s drizzling. We didn’t have heaters at that time. You’re just down there shivering.”

“There were many times when I sat down there re-evaluating what I was doing.”

As for the coldest game he played in though? That’s an easy answer for Michalak. “I pitched one time in Colorado Springs,” he said. “There was frozen sleet and the wind chill was in the 20s. It was miserable. My toes were cold. I couldn’t feel anything. I have real bad circulation too so there were times I couldn’t feel the ball.”

“I remember the guys were giving me a hard time because I wore a mask on the mound,” Michalak said. “I didn’t care. It was freezing.”

 

Senators Return Home for Six Game Homestand

Halloween Night and Two Hersheypark Ticket Giveaways Highlight Homestand

Friday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Bowie Baysox (AA Orioles), gates open at 6:00 p.m.

  • Fireworks and Flatscreens presented by Arooga’s. We’re giving away three flatscreen TVs throughout the game! Make sure to register to win at the ballpark. Plus stick around postgame for the best fireworks in Central PA.
  • Two Senators players, Alec Keller & Stephen Perez, are signing autographs in the team store postgame for approximately 20 minutes

Saturday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. vs. the Bowie Baysox (AA Orioles), gates open at 4:30 p.m.

  • Trick or Treat Backpack and Hersheypark Ticket Giveaway presented by Holiday Inn Harrisburg East. The first 1,000 fans 12 & under receive a Senators Trick or Treat Bag with a Hersheypark ticket presented by Holiday Inn Harrisburg East! Hersheypark tickets are valid through June 30th for youth admission only. Please see Hersheypark ticket for details.
  • Halloween Night. Break out your favorite Halloween Costume and join us for a night of fun and trick-or-treating! Kids come early and join in the Halloween costume parade on the field. The team is also wearing a Halloween themed specialty jersey that will be auctioned off during and after the game!

Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. vs. the Bowie Baysox (AA Orioles), gates open at 12:30 p.m.

  • Hersheypark Ticket Giveaway presented by Hersheypark. The first 2,000 kids 12 & under receive a Hersheypark Ticket to enjoy the park this summer! Hersheypark tickets are valid through June 30th for youth admission only. Please see Hersheypark ticket for details.
  • Signature Sunday! Two Senators players, Alec Keller & Stephen Perez, are signing autographs from 12:45 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. on the dugout tops!
  • Rite Aid Family Day presented by Rite Aid. Show your Rite Aid Plenti card at the box office for $2 tickets (excludes Club seats)! You also receive 1/2 price kids zone wristbands when you show your Rite Aid card in the kids zone! Tickets must be purchased at the box office.
  • Kids Run the Bases presented by Meiji. All kids are invited to run the bases at FNB Field after the game!

Monday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), gates open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Military Monday. 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, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), 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 on-line, over the phone, or at the FNB Field box office!

Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. vs. the Reading Fightin Phils (AA Phillies), 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! If the Senators win the game, your ticket is good for a free Ollie’s or reserved seat for the Friday, May 5 game against the Hartford Yard Goats! Plus, one fan wins a Pennsylvania Lottery / Harrisburg Senators Prize Pack!

The Senators box office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available via telephone during the same hours as the box office hours. Tickets are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, online at www.senatorsbaseball.com. You can find the Senators on Facebook at facebook.com/senatorsbaseball or @hbgsenators on Twitter.

Game 13 at Hartford: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 4/20/2017

TODAY’S GAME

The Senators and Yard Goats play the final game of the series Thursday night. Wednesday’s game was postponed to a later date due to rain. The Senators evened up the series with their 9-2 win in game two, led by a grand slam by Mario Lisson and the second consecutive five hit game by Andrew Stevenson. The club improved to 4-1 against the Yard Goats this year and dropped Hartford to 0-4 at Dunkin Donuts Park. The Senators try to extend their season long three game winning streak while the Yard Goats try to stop a six game losing skid.

FIVE HIT WONDER

Andrew Stevenson finished 5-5 Wednesday, giving him five hits in a game for the second straight night. He’s the first Senators players to ever accomplish the feat, and it has happened in the minor leagues just once since 2005, last occurring when Emerson Landoni went 5-5 on July 12 and 13, 2015 while playing for the Mississippi Braves. Stevenson is 10-12 in the series with three doubles, five RBI and six runs scored, and has hit safely in eight consecutive at bats.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS

Erick Fedde gets the ball for the Senators in the series finale. The right hander did not allow an earned run in his first two starts of the season, limiting opponents to just seven hits in eleven innings while striking out nine. The 24-year-old is the number two ranked prospect in the Nationals organization according to MLB.com. Yency Almonte makes his first start against the Senators this season. The 22-year-old is the 16th rated prospect in the Rockies organization per MLB.com and has a 2.53 ERA with 11 strikeouts through two starts this season.

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Senators Roster Moves: Greg Ross promoted to Syracuse, RC Orlan up from Potomac

Greg Ross will get his first taste of Triple-A after a promotion to Syracuse (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

Prior to Wednesday’s game against Hartford, right-handed pitcher Greg Ross was promoted to Syracuse. For Ross, it marks his first time at Triple-A in his seven year professional career. The 27-year old was 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts with the Senators in 2017.

The corresponding move for Harrisburg was the assignment of reliever RC Orlan to the Senators. The southpaw was 5-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 52 appearances with the Potomac Nationals over parts of the last three seasons.

Game 13 at Hartford: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 4/19/2017

TODAY’S GAME

The Senators and Yard Goats play game three of the four game series Wednesday night. The Senators earned at least a split of the four game set with their 9-2 win in game two, led by a grand slam by Mario Lisson and the second consecutive five hit game by Andrew Stevenson. The club improved to 4-1 against the Yard Goats this year and dropped Hartford to 0-4 at Dunkin Donuts Park. The Senators try to extend their season long three game winning streak while the Yard Goats try to stop a six game losing streak.

FIVE HIT WONDER

Andrew Stevenson finished 5-5 Wednesday, giving him five hits in a game for the second straight night. He’s the first Senators players to ever accomplish the feat, and it has happened in the minor leagues just once since 2005, last occurring when Emerson Landoni went 5-5 on July 12 and 13, 2015 while playing for the Mississippi Braves. Stevenson is 10-12 in the series with three doubles, five RBI and six runs scored, and has hit safely in eight consecutive at bats.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS

Erick Fedde gets the ball for the Senators in game three of the series. The right hander did not allow an earned run in his first two starts of the season, limiting opponents to just seven hits in eleven innings while striking out nine. The 24-year-old is the number two ranked prospect in the Nationals organization according to MLB.com. Yency Almonte makes his first start against the Senators this season. The 22-year-old is the 16th rated prospect in the Rockies organization per MLB.com and has a 2.53 ERA with 11 strikeouts through two starts this season.

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The Many Legends of Matt LeCroy

This content was originally found in Issue No. 1 of this year’s Senators Program

During his playing career Matt LeCroy was known as the funny guy, the comedian, in most clubhouses. His teammates on the Twins kept on ongoing “blooper” reel of his antics and for good reason. But LeCroy was more than a guy who could mash some home runs and keep the locker room laughing. He was a talented athlete who earned All-State honors in high school in both football and baseball as he played on the biggest stages at the College World Series, MLB playoffs, and the Summer Olympics during his career.

What follows are just a few of the hilarious, surprising, and meaningful stories that have endured over the years as LeCroy’s story has been written.

LeCroy with his son Noah (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

THE SLUMP BUSTER

A patented go to move for LeCroy when his team badly needs a win is breaking out a pre-game meal consisting of a banana and mayonnaise sandwich.

You read that right. A banana and mayo sandwich.

It’s a meal LeCroy has eaten his whole life growing up in South Carolina. “I remember my grandmother making me a banana and mayo sandwich. It’s awesome. A lot of people won’t even try it because they think it’s gross but once you try it, you’ll really, really like it,” LeCroy said before rethinking that statement. “But my wife doesn’t eat it either, so it just might be me who likes it.”

In his first season managing at Hagerstown in 2009, LeCroy made the concoction when his Suns needed a win or to snap a losing streak. He carried the superstition with him to Potomac, Harrisburg, to the major leagues in D.C., and back again to Harrisburg.

“I always ate ’em and everybody made fun of them,” said LeCroy. “It’s just kinda my go-to when we needed a win. I just started doing it, and it took off.”

WHERE DO YOU FIND THAT IN THE GROCERY STORE?

But that isn’t the end of odd delicacies that LeCroy enjoys eating.

“Also big in the South is something I used to eat before the games a lot…potted meat. It’s like a Spam-type that comes in small cans and you eat with saltine crackers. It’s got probably every part of the meat and body that you can possibly put in this little can.”

LeCroy is not far off. An internet search reveals the primary ingredients are mechanically separated chicken, beef tripe, beef hearts, pork skin, and seasoning (presumably to mask the taste).

“One Spring Training I took a bunch of potted meat cans and they put new labels on for it reliever Eddie Guardado that called it roadkill,” he recounted. “It was pretty neat because he really thought he was eating some roadkill.”

A DIFFERENT KIND OF BASELINE

Look at Matt LeCroy’s physique and you can imagine him gravitating pretty easily to football or baseball. But one sport you may struggle to picture him participating in, let alone being successful at, is tennis.

LeCroy grew up in Belton, a small town in the northwest corner of the state with a population barely above 4,000 residents. But one of the town’s claims to fame is it is the location for the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame along with a vibrant community of players.

“All my friends played tennis, so I started playing it,” LeCroy said. “I borrowed a racket and got pretty good at it.”

He got so good in fact that when LeCroy was still in middle school, he played on his high school’s varsity tennis team. But baseball eventually became a priority in the spring scholastic sports schedule and LeCroy had to hang up his tennis racket and his head sweatband (maybe not, but it’s still fun picturing it).

During his junior year of high school at Belton-Honea Path, the tennis coach Bill Kimpton put LeCroy on the roster and convinced him to play for the team once the baseball season was over. It was a plan that would reap rewards for LeCroy as he contributed to the team and even wrote his name in the record books.

“After baseball was over, I went over to play for the tennis team and ended up winning the state championship.”

REPPING THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE

In 1996, LeCroy was selected to represent the United States as a member of the Olympic baseball squad as the Games were hosted in Atlanta, a short drive from his hometown in South Carolina and Clemson University.

“That’s one of my most memorable moments as an amateur. Getting to play in front of 55,000 people in Atlanta and play close to home, it was just an awesome experience for the teammates and friendships I have from that summer while playing for our country,” he said.

Although their opening game of the eight-team round-robin tournament came a few short hours after the Opening Ceremonies had finished, it was a spectacle the team wasn’t going to miss being a part of.

“What’s funny about that is I have the video of me walking down in the Opening Ceremonies and I was walking besides Carl Lewis,” LeCroy joked. “So there you have one of the fastest guys in the world with one of the slowest.”

“You really can’t describe that feeling when you go on the field and everybody is chanting U-S-A and you’re playing for something pretty special.” LeCroy fondly remembers a rain delay during one of their qualifier games where the crowd remained sitting there in the rain. When they saw him and a few other players milling around in the dugout checking the conditions, the crowd responded. “As soon as they saw our jerseys they started chanting U-S-A, so I went running back in and got everyone to come back out and people were just going crazy,” he said. “To me that was the icing on the cake.”

THE SLUMP BUSTER, PART TWO

As his Minnesota Twins team was mired in a rut during the 2004 season, LeCroy saw an opportunity to cut the tension and maybe change their luck. “We had been struggling for about two weeks. I was just trying to pick everyone up,” he said.

After watching a beetle walk across the clubhouse, LeCroy asked his teammates how much they’d pay him to eat the insect. The first offer came from All-Star pitcher Brad Radke for a lowball amount of $100. But LeCroy, acting as his own auctioneer, prodded his teammates to get the bids up. “I’ve got a kid to feed,” he told them.

The pot reached $550 and LeCroy accepted the challenge including the stipulation that the bug had to be alive and moving as he put it in his mouth. As reliever Juan Rincon got out the video camera to film the events, LeCroy danced around the middle of the room like a boxer psyching himself up for a big bout.

With the beetle’s legs squirming, LeCroy inserted it into his mouth and munched down on the poor victim. After swallowing it, he opened his mouth wide and stuck out his tongue to prove the deed. The verdict? “Salty,” he said.

But whatever the motivation, it seemed to help as the Twins got back to their winning ways on their way to an American League Central title. “Sure enough, we won about seven in a row after that,” LeCroy said.

Considering he enjoys banana-and-mayo sandwiches and potted meat, it’s no wonder the beetle didn’t really gross him out.

(Will Bentzel / Harrisburg Senators)

Accolades and Achievements

  • 1st round draft pick (50th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 1997
  • In 476 Major League games, he batted .260 with 60 home runs and 218 runs batted in
  • Member of the 1996 United States Olympic baseball team that won a bronze medal in Atlanta
  • Ranks in the top ten in Major League history for the most plate appearances by a position player without a stolen base in his career
  • Slugged his first career home run off the Royals’ Brad Rigby on April 9, 2000
  • Named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1995 behind a slash line of .333/.412/.580 with 15 homers and 72 runs batted in during his freshman season at Clemson University
  • In the top of the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 19, 2004, LeCroy hit the Twins’ first pinch-hit grand glam in over seven years to give Minnesota a 6-5 victory
  • The Senators’ all-time winningest manager in modern franchise history with 217 victories

The Wit and Wisdom of Matt LeCroy

…on the designated hitter: “I’m a big fan of the DH. I have five kids at home. If it wasn’t for the DH they may not be eating right now.”

…on managing in the minor leagues: “There’s no greater feeling than telling a kid they’re going to the majors and there’s no worse feeling than telling them they’re not.”

…on his transition to coaching: “When I came into this thing, the job I wanted was to be in the big leagues. Now I realize it’s about these kids. It was a total change of heart. It’s about preparing these kids and getting them to the big leagues.”

…on succeeding in Harrisburg: “This is a great place with a rich baseball tradition in winning. I just wish I could bring them a championship back.”

…on a favorite off-season activity: “I tan all winter.”

Game 12 at Hartford: Lineup and Notes

 

GAME NOTES 4/18/2017

TODAY’S GAME

The Senators and Yard Goats meet for game two of a four game series, one night following the Senators’ thrilling 16-14 win in 13 innings in the series opener. 23 of the 30 total runs were scored after the top of the seventh inning, and Alec Keller’s 2 RBI double in the 13th gave the Senators the lead for good. The Yard Goats are now 0-4 at Dunkin Donuts Park, while the Senators improved to 3-1 against Hartford this season.

LONGEST SENATORS GAME

Monday’s game between the Senators and Yard Goats lasted five hours and 35 minutes, making it the longest game by time in modern franchise history. The previous high was five hours and 19 minutes, set during the Senators’ 6-4 loss in 16 innings on June 1, 2004.

KELLER AND STEVENSON SET NEW MARKS

There were also plenty of individual records and highs set in the series opening win. Andrew Stevenson set Senators individual season highs in both hits (5) and runs (4), while Alec Keller set a high in RBI (4). Stevenson is the first Senators player with five hits since Wilmer Difo on August 2, 2015, and the first to score four runs since Tony Renda on May 21, 2015. In addition, Keller and Stevenson tied a Senators modern day record by each recording seven at bats.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS

Jaron Long starts game two for the Senators. The Senators won his previous start 6-0 over the Yard Goats and Long earned the win, scattering four hits and a walk across six shutout innings. Long has allowed just one run in 11 innings pitched this season. Hartford sends Jack Wynkoop to the mound. In his last start, Wynkoop took the loss against the Senators despite working seven innings of two run ball and striking out four. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in two starts this season. The 2015 sixth round pick is in his first season with the Yard Goats after splitting time between low-A Asheville and high-A Modesto last season.

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Game 11 at Hartford: Lineup and Notes

  

GAME NOTES 4/17/2017

TODAY’S GAME

The Senators’ seven game road trip continues as they make their first ever trip to Dunkin Donuts Park for a four game series against the Hartford Yard Goats. The Senators were able to salvage a game against Bowie with their 7-4 victory Saturday afternoon, aided by a season-high six run fifth inning. The Yard Goats are looking for their first win at their brand new park, after they were swept in their home-opening series versus New Hampshire. The Senators took two out of three from the Yard Goats at FNB Field in their second series of the year.

OFFENSIVE SHOWCASE

The Senators set numerous offensive season highs in their 7-4 victory over Bowie in the series finale. They set new marks in runs in an inning (6 in the 5th inning), hits (12), doubles (6) and walks (7), while also tying their season high in total runs scored (7).

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS

John Simms starts the series opener for the Senators, opposite Hartford starter Ryan Castellani in a rematch of the pitching matchup from April 11. The Yard Goats shutout the Senators 4-0 and Simms took the loss, despite allowing just two runs and two hits over six innings. The right-hander has spent portions of the last four seasons in Harrisburg, and he split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen last year, going 8-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 29 games and 11 starts. Castellani worked five shutout innings in his first start against the Senators, scattering four hits and striking out eight. Overall this year, the right-hander is 1-1 3.27 ERA in two starts. Castellani is the highest rated prospect on the Hartford roster, rated seventh in the Rockies organization by MLB.com. He has pitched at a new level in each of his first four professional seasons, going 7-8 with a 3.81 ERA in 26 games at high-A Modesto last season. Castellani was originally drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft out of high school.

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Senators’ Notebook: Raudy Read and Ozzie Abreu produce different results in first taste of Double-A

Raudy Read has made the transition to Double-A seamlessly (Samuel Getty / Harrisburg Senators)

A TALE OF TWO PROSPECTS

Charles Dickens began his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities with the famous opening line, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” After a week and a half of games, the same could very easily be said of Senators’ players Raudy Read and Ozzie Abreu. Both are getting their first taste of Double-A Harrisburg to start the 2017 season and while one prospect flourishes, the other flails.

Read, a 23-year-old catcher, has adapted to the better pitching and looks like he has already made the necessary adjustments to succeed at this level. In eight games so far, Read has four doubles and two home runs while driving in seven runs to match Neftali Soto for the team lead.

“I think going to big league camp and comparing himself to all these other players, he realizes he’s close. He sees if he goes out and competes and plays the game right, he’s there,” manager Matt LeCroy said. “I think that shows in the way he’s been going out and doing his work.”

Throughout his career, Read has been known as an offense first option behind the plate, but the backstop has impressed his skipper with other tools. “I think he’s done a really nice job with our pitching staff. That’s what I’ve been pleased with,” LeCroy said.

On the other hand, Abreu has struggled in his opening salvo with the Senators. The 22-year-old shortstop is hitting a meager .147 thanks to only five singles in 35 plate appearances. At the plate Abreu appears overwhelmed at times as evident by his 15 strikeouts. “The game is a little faster at this level, but I think he’ll catch up,” LeCroy said pointing to Abreu’s respectable numbers in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League last fall where he slashed .267/.303/.317.

After batting second during the opening week, LeCroy moved the scuffling Abreu down to eighth for Saturday’s game. Hopefully, the lower spot in the batting order will take pressure off the shortstop until he can get his feet under him.

PITCHING LEADS THE WAY

Although the Senators came away with only one win in their three game set against Bowie, Harrisburg has to be happy with the way they pitched against the potent Baysox lineup. In the first seven games of the season against Akron and Erie, Bowie averaged over seven runs a game and had clubbed 33 extra-base hits including 11 home runs. The Senators limited the veteran lineup to just 12 total runs and only four doubles and one home run in the entire series.

Overall, the Senators pitching has been their strongest asset so far as the staff has posted a 3.20 ERA (second only to Altoona in the Eastern League) and given away the fewest base on balls in the league. Led by Nationals’ top pitching prospect Erick Fedde,the starting pitchers have been excellent so far this season and have carried the load admirably. In two starts, Fedde has tossed 11 scoreless innings while holding opponents to a .171 batting average.  As a unit, the starters are pitching to a 2.50 ERA while allowing a minuscule 1.09 WHIP.

CLEANING UP FROM THE CLEAN-UP SPOT

Much like he did last season for 93 games, Neftali Soto has provided the big veteran bat the Senators need in the middle of their lineup. He has provided protection for Drew Ward batting in front of him and has taken some pressure off Double-A rookies Read and Alec Keller behind him. Soto is in the top ten in the league in batting with a .382 average and has only whiffed twice in 39 plate appearances for an Eastern League best rate of 19.5 TPA/SO.

COMINGS AND GOINGS

The injuries to Trea Turner and Stephen Drew at the major league level caused a ripple effect down to the Senators as they embarked on their first road trip of the season. Adrian Sanchez, who had played second base this season but can handle multiple positions defensively, was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse. To fill Sanchez’s roster spot, the Senators activated Zach Collier off the disabled list and the outfielder went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in his first game action on Saturday afternoon.

VETERAN MOVE

Prior to the team arriving in Harrisburg, many of the players drove their vehicles up from spring training so they would have a means of getting around town. The coaching staff is normally not any different, but ths season LeCroy chose to fly here. In the past he has done this at least once before, but then he had gotten a player (Jose Lozada) to drive his pickup truck to the midstate. This time, though, LeCroy pulled what he called “a veteran move” when he left his vehicle here after this year’s Hot Stove banquet in late January.

Game 10 at Bowie: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 4/15/2017

TODAY’S GAME

The Senators and Baysox meet in the series finale Saturday afternoon. The Senators try to salvage a game in the series following Friday’s 3-2 loss. The Baysox held a 3-0 lead early and the Senators cut to lead the one in the fifth however were unable to finish off the comeback. The loss clinched the first series loss of the year for the Senators and the two game losing streak is their longest of the season.

HITTING STREAK SNAPPED

Drew Ward did not record a hit for the first time all season after he finished 0-4 in game two of the series, snapping an eight-game hitting streak. Neftali Soto and Alec Keller are now tied for the longest hitting streaks on the team, each extending theirs to six games Friday night.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS

The Senators send Greg Ross to the mound in the series finale, opposite Baysox starter Tanner Scott. Ross scattered three hits across six shutout innings in his last start on April 10 against Hartford. The right-hander picked up right where he left off last year, where he finished 5-1 with a 0.83 ERA in ten games with the Senators. The 27-year-old was originally drafted in the 18th round by the Braves in 2011 and was signed by the Nationals on April 21, 2016. Scott is the 11th rated prospect in the Orioles organization according to MLB.com. The left-hander lasted just three innings and gave up one run in his last start at Eerie. Scott split time with Bowie and single-A Frederick last season and pitched one scoreless inning versus the Senators. The Mogarore, Ohio native was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Howard Junior College.

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