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Harrisburg Senators 4/25/06 game report
« Topic Start: April 25, 2006, 10:04:34 PM »
The Harrisburg Senators continued both their excellent pitching and winning ways at home, defeating the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4-1 on City Island.  As has been their tendency in recent games, the Senators jumped out early, scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning on back-to-back singles by Dan Dement and Kory Casto and a double by Alex Escobar, all with 1 out.  That proved to be all the runs Harrisburg starter Justin Echols needed, as he pitched a strong game after some early control problems.  Echols pitched 6 innings, walking 4 batters and throwing a wild pitch, but also gave up only one hit, a infield single to 3rd base in the 5th inning that could have been called an error.  The hosts plated another pair of runs in the 6th inning, using a walk by Casto, a single by Escobar, and 2-run double by Tony Blanco to extend their lead to 4-0.  New Hampshire scratched out a run in the top of the 7th on their only legitimate hit of the game, an RBI double to the right field gap off of David Gil, but Gil escaped further damage and Beltran Perez pitched 2 dominant innings to close out the game and earn his first save of the season.  Perez struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced.

General game notes:

- From about the top of the 6th inning on, the game was played in a steady rain.  The rain was particularly hard in the 7th inning and it was surprising the umpires did not call for a rain delay.

- Though the Senators committed 2 errors tonight (both by 1B Josh Whitesell) and had another play that could have been scored an error, they also made a number of excellent plays in the field.  Harrisburg turned 2 around-the-horn double plays, including one that was a near spectacular play (see more below).

Individual Harrisburg Senators player notes:

Kory Casto - went 1 for 3 with a single, walk, and 2 runs scored.  The single was hard hit grounder in the hole between SS and 3B.  Casto also stood out with his glove.  Though he bobbled a ball near the line that he probably should have fielded and could have been ruled an error, he also made two outstanding defensive plays, one on a softly-hit chopper where he threw across his body slightly behind him to start a 5-4-3 double play, the other on a diving stop to his left that stole a New Hampshire hit.

Frank Diaz - had a quiet night, going 0 for 3 with a strikeout and GIDP.  He didn't make any plays of note in CF but didn't really have opportunities to do so either.

Ian Desmond - was 0 for 3 with 1 strikeout.  He was solid with the glove.

Josh Whitesell - went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts.  He committed 2 errors, both on hard-hit choppers that took funny hops and bounced away from him.  On the other hand, he also made 2 fine scoops on throws from 2nd base to complete double plays.

Alex Escobar - continues to show he'd like to get back to the major leagues; he went 2 for 4 with a double, single, 2 RBI's, and a run scored.

Tony Blanco - went 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI's.  He struck out in his 2 other at-bats.

Dan Dement - this fringe MLB-caliber utility man went 1 for 4 with a run scored.  He also made good turns on a pair of 5-4-3 double plays.

Justin Echols - as noted above pitched 6 scoreless innings, giving up 1 disputable hit and 4 walks.  He lowered his ERA to 1.57.

Beltran Perez - though he's a non-prospect, his 2 dominant innings of work, which included no base runners allowed and 5 strikeouts, is worthy of mention. box score