Senators split two with AkronMay 27, 2008 - Eastern League (EL) Harrisburg Senators
Estrada went seven innings, allowed six hits and walked three. He struck out seven.
Meanwhile, the Senators plated the game's first run as Marco Yepez tripled to lead off the 4th inning. Roger Bernadina followed with an RBI groundout.
In the 5th, Yepez tripled again to drive in a pair of runs to make it 3-0. Two batters later, Luke Montz blooped a single to left to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Senators capped the scoring in the 6th as Ofilio Castro blasted a solo home run to left-center, his first homer since July 25, 2006.
In Game 1, the Senators fell 7-6 in what may have been the toughest loss to date for the Sens. Akron took the lead on three occasions, only to have the Senators equal their run total run for run. But in the end, Akron scored in the top of the seventh and the Sens couldn't match it.
Akron scored three times in the first on a three-run home run by Stephen Head but the Sens came right back with three of their own. Castro hit a two-run single to the tie the game in the first for the Senators. Then in the third, Akron again took the lead but in the bottom of the third, Bernadina homered to tie the game.
In the sixth, Akron scored twice to again take a 6-4 lead, but again, the Senators came back to tie the game. With one in the bottom of the sixth and a runner at first, Akron made a pitching change and during the pitching change, the rains came and the game was delayed for about a half-hour. After the delay ended, Ian Desmond immediately hit a two-run home run to tie the game. Akron came back in the seventh, scoring a run on a bloop triple off the bat of Ryan Goleski that scored Brandon Chaves all the way from first base.
Again, though, the Senators came back. Bernadina walked to lead off the seventh and was singled to third by Luke Montz. But the Senators failed to score the tying run, eventually loading the bases with one out but a pop out, and a ground out ended the game.
With the win in game two, the Senators moved to 30-10, back to ten games over .500 while Akron dropped to 25-23.
The four-game in three-day series continues on Wednesday at 6:05pm with LHP Cory VanAllen (3-0, 2.16) on the mound for the Senators against RHP Frank Herrmann (4-3, 5.23) going for Akron. The series ends on Thursday afternoon at 12:05pm.
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