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Harrisburg Senators 8/2/06 game report
« Topic Start: August 02, 2006, 11:40:46 PM »
The Harrisburg Senators broke their 9-game losing streak tonight with a wild, 8-7 win over the Altoona Curve on City Island.  Both the Senators and Curve each took the lead twice in the last 3 innings but Harrisburg ultimately won the game on a 2-run, walk-off home run by Salomon Manriquez.  The hosts struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 1st, coming off a 2-run homer by Prentice Redman that also plated Kory Casto.  Altoona struck back off a rehabbing Shawn Hill with a single run in the 2nd and two unearned runs in the 3rd inning after two Senators errors.  Harrisburg ended up committing four errors (two by SS Seth Bynum, and one each by 3B Greg Thissen and C Salomon Manriquez) for the game and gave up four unearned runs.  The Senators reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the 3rd with solo homers by Dan Dement and Casto.  The scored remained 4-3 Senators until the top of the 6th when Altoona scored another unearned run to tie the game at 4-4.  The game really got crazy though starting in the bottom of the 7th.  The Senators recaptured the lead at 5-4 after the Altoona CF lost a ball in the lights, resulting in a Casto double.  Frank Diaz then reached on a wild pitch after striking out swinging, which allowed Casto to also move to 3rd base.  Josh Whitesell followed with a single to right-center to drive in Casto.  Unfortunately, Bynum grounded into a well-executed 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded to end the threat.  The Curve struck right back though with two runs (one unearned) in the top of the 8th to take the lead again at 6-5.  In the bottom of the frame, Dan Dement retied the game at 6-6 with his second solo homer of the game.  In the top of the 9th, Altoona plated a run to reclaim the lead, using a drag bunt single, a sacrifice bunt, a controversial balk call, and an aggressive baserunning play on a 1-3 putout with a late throw from 1st baseman Whitesell to catcher Manriquez to take a 7-6 lead.  After the balk call, Harrisburg Senators manager John Stearns came out to argue with the home plate umpire, who had been inconsistent all game and issued very quick warnings after Senators pitcher Beltran Perez had been hit while batting earlier in the game.  The man in blue quickly ejected Stearns, but the Senators manager continued to yell at the umpire for a couple minutes after his ejection.  However, despite the ejection and falling behind yet again, the Senators were able to answer the charge one final time in the bottom of the 9th, as Diaz reached on an infield single to the SS (his third single of the game) and Manriquez hit a game-winning 2-run homer to left-center to make Jeremy Plexico, who gave up the run in the top of the frame, the winning pitcher and to send the majority of the crowd home happy.

General game notes:

- It was once again a brutally hot night for baseball.  The game time temperature was 95 degree Fahrenheit.

- By half-inning frames, there were six lead changes and two ties in the game, including four lead changes and one tie in the last 2 1/2 innings.

- The home plate umpire not only was probably too quick on the trigger with his warnings after the Altoona HBP (in which he warned BOTH teams, despite the fact no Senators' pitcher had hit anyone) and Stearns ejection, he also had a very inconsistent strike zone the entire night that caused some fans (including me) to get on him.

Individual player notes:

Kory Casto - had a productive 3 for 5 night at the plate with a home run, 2 doubles (one a gift, one legitimate), an RBI and 3 runs scored.  He's now hitting .294 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI, and continues to have about a .400 OBP and .500+ SLG.  He played solidly in LF and moved to 3rd base for defensive purposes in the 9th inning.

Prentice Redman - was 1 for 5 with a 2-run homer.  He was acceptable in RF, though his low throw may have contributed to Salomon Manriquez' error that helped allow Altoona to score twice in the 3rd inning.  Redman is now hitting .288 on the season and has an OPS of almost .850.

Frank Diaz - enjoyed a 3 for 5 night at the plate with 3 singles and 1 run scored, though 2 of his singles were Texas Leaguers to CF and the other single was infield single to shortstop where the SS bobbled the ball on a fairly difficult play and Diaz barely beat the throw.  Diaz lifted his batting average to .275, though he still has a mere 10 walks compared to 311 at-bats.  He was unspectacular but solid in CF.

Salomon Manriquez - had a 2 for 4 night at the plate with the game-winning 2-run homer, a double, and a walk.  He lifted his batting average to .252.  Defensively he had a night to forget, committing an error and allowing 3 successful base-stealing attempts.

Josh Whitesell - was 1 for 5 with an RBI single.  He's now hitting .270.  He played solidly at 1st base.

Shawn Hill - pitched 3 innings in his rehab appearance, giving up 3 runs (only 1 earned, on a solo homer) on 4 hits and 1 walk.  He struck out 2 batters.  He also picked a runner off of first and made the best defensive play of the game, picking a drag bunt down the 1st base line and tagging out the runner on a close play at 1st base.

Beltran Perez - pitched 5 fairly effective innings, giving 3 runs (only 1 earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk.  He struck out 2 batters. box score