Senators Stop Skid with 4-2 Win in Series Finale
The Harrisburg Senators snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Trenton Thunder in the series finale. Luis Reyes limited the Thunder to just three hits in six strong innings and Austin Davidson hit his first career Double-A home run as the Senators salvaged a game in the three-game set.
The Senators jumped to an early lead in the first against Trenton starter Justus Sheffield. After Khayyan Norfork and Drew Ward reached on a pair of errors by shortstop Vince Conde, Tayor Gushue lined an RBI single to center to give the Senators a 1-0 lead.
The club padded the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Following a Gushue double, Kelvin Gutierrez singled to right which advanced Gushue to third. On the same play, the right fielder, Trey Amburgey, misplayed the ball which allowed Gushue to score the Senators' second run. The next batter, Austin Davidson, hit a groundball RBI single to center to put the Senators up 3-0.
Senators starter Luis Reyes tossed three scoreless innings before Trenton scored their only runs of the game in the fourth on a two-run home run by Chris Gittens. That was all Reyes (1-2) allowed in six innings along with just three hits which ties a Senators starter season-low as he picked up his first Double-A win.
Sheffield (1-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in six innings.
The Senators remained ahead by a run until Davidson led off the seventh by crushing a 2-2 pitch from reliever Jose Mesa Jr. over the right field wall for his first Senators home run. Davidson, who finished 3 for 4 for the second time in three games, is now 7 for 12 since being promoted to the Senators last Monday.
Senators reliever Phillips Valdez tossed scoreless seventh and eighth innings to keep the club ahead 4-2 going into the final inning. The Thunder loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth, but Senators reliever Bryan Harper came back to strike out the next three batters to seal the 4-2 victory and capture his first save.
The Senators have on off day on Thursday before starting a six game homestand on Friday night as they welcome the Altoona Curve. Wirkin Estevez starts for the Senators against Altoona starter Brandon Waddell. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at FNB Field.
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