June 27, 2009 - Eastern League (EL) - Harrisburg Senators
Tonight\'s Game... The Sens and Erie SeaWolves play game two of their five game series tonight at Metro Bank Park. These two teams have played 13 times this season and still have eight games left, all at Metro Bank Park.
Last Time Out... On Friday night in front of 4,183 fans at Metro Bank Park, the Senators squeaked by the Erie SeaWolves 3-2. After being delayed until 8:21pm, the two teams played a fairly quick 2:17 game which saw Sens starter Erik Arnesen and Erie started Jon Kibler both pitch well enough to win. Erie scored their two runs on a home run and an rbi double, both off the bat of Alex Avila. His double with one out in the fourth inning was the last hit for Erie. Matt Whitney and Joel Guzman had big nights combining for five hits and driving in all three runs. Whitney singled in Baez and Guzman followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth. In the sixth, Whitney doubled with two outs and Guzman drove him in with a single. Arnesen pitched six strong innings for the win, allowing four hits and two runs before turning the game over to Jack Spradlin. Spradlin retired the final nine batters, striking out four of them, to earn his third save on the season.
Tonight\'s Starting Pitcher... Matt Chico continues his MLB Rehab assignment by making his first start for the Senators. He has previously pitched 11 innings in three starts for Hagerstown. His line is: 11ip 11h 3r 3er 2hr 0bb 8k. His last outing was on 6/19 at Delmarva in which he went five innings and allowed six hits and a run. Chico was originally drafted by Boston in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft but did not sign. He was taken in the 3rd round of the 2003 draft by Arizona while he was pitching in a semi-pro league in San Diego. He was acquired by the Nationals along with RHP Garrett Mock on 8/7/2006 in exchange for RHP Livan Hernandez. Chico was assigned to Harrisburg and pitched in four games with the Sens in 2006 going 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA. He made 31 starts for Washington in 2007 and eight starts in 2008. In his MLB career he is 7-15 with a 4.98 ERA with 125 strikeouts against 91 walks in 215 big league innings. He had reconstructive left-elbow surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews on 7/3/2008.
Heating it up... Over his past 12 games Matt Whitney is 19 x 36 (.528) with 10r and 3 RBIs and 5-2b\'s... He has at least two hits in six of the 12 games... He has raised his average from .230 to .292 during that span. Ofilio Castro is 19 x 37 (.513) over his past 12 games dating back to 6/10... he has a HR 10 RBIs and 6r... Castro was the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending June 15. LHP Jack Spradlin has gone 11.2 innings without allowing a run. During that span he has allowed five hits, no walks with 11 strikeouts.
Looking Brighter... Since May 15th, the Sens are 22-17. Over that span the offense
is averaging 5.0 rpg and batting .272 with 39 home runs and 134 extra base hits. On
the mound, the staff has gone 349.1 innings while striking out 261 and walking 108
with a 3.61 ERA. The staff has given up two earned runs or fewer in 17 of the 39
games with five shutouts.