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Harrisburg Senators 6/11/06 game report
« Topic Start: June 11, 2006, 05:38:23 PM »
The Harrisburg Senators' recent hot streak continued today, as they beat the visiting New Britain Rock Cats (Twins affiliate) 4-1, completing a 3-game sweep on City Island.  The Senators also won for the 7th time in their last 8 games.  The hosts didn't waste time getting on the scoreboard, as they took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on a Tim Raines Jr. walk, a Raines steal, and a Prentice Redman RBI double (the first of 3 straight doubles for Redman).  Frank Diaz followed with a hard hit single to LF, but Redman was gunned down at the plate on a good throw by the New Britain leftfielder and a good block of the plate by the New Britain catcher to end the inning.  Harrisburg scored the remainder of their runs in a 3 run 3rd inning, as Seth Bynum singled, Raines hit a 2-run homer to straightaway RF, and Kory Casto immediately followed with a long, solo home run down the RF line.  That was more than enough for Senators' starting pitcher David Maust, who overcame some minor control issues early (mainly in the form of deep counts rather than walks) to pitch 6 excellent innings, giving up only 2 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run.  The Rock Cats' plated their only run in the 4th inning on a walk, single, and 2 long fly ball outs.  From then on both teams only mounted periodic minor threats and Harrisburg relievers Dan Kolb and Brett Campbell closed out the game by pitching 3 scoreless innings, giving up only a single and a walk (both by Kolb).  The Senators will now embark on a 6-game roundtrip, starting in Altoona on Tuesday.

General game notes:

- As has been the case most of the season, the Senators' defense was very solid today and they committed 0 errors.  (New Britain also didn't commit any errors.)  The best play by the Senators came fairly late in the game when SS Seth Bynum made a fine catch in shallow LF on a pop up down the 3rd base line.

- I believe the regular Eastern League umpires have returned, and their presence was noticeable, as the home plate umpire appeared to have a smaller strike zone than most of the EL umpires I've seen this season.  The 1st base umpire also may have missed a call or two on bang-bang plays at 1st base.

Individual player notes:

Kory Casto - had a 1 for 4 day with the aforementioned solo home run.  He also hit the ball very hard in 2 of his other 3 at-bats, but unfortunately the New Britain 2nd baseman made plays on both of them, making a nice diving stop and starting a 4-6-3 double play on one of the grounders and cleaning fielding an easier grounder in Casto's final at-bat.  Casto is now posting .397/.476/.873 OBP/SLG/OPS numbers.  He was solid in the field and fielded all his chances cleanly without any problems.

Salomon Manriquez - posted a 1 for 4 day with a double down the 3rd base line that went directly over the 3rd base bag.  He's now hitting .313 and has a healthy .381 OBP.  Defensively he made an essentially perfect throw to nail one potential base stealer but also dropped a pitch on another steal steal attempt.

Frank Diaz - had 1 hit (a single) in 3 official at-bats and was also hit by a pitch.  An extended slump has reduced his batting average to .256 and his walk rate remains poor.  He played CF today and made a couple of fairly routine plays.

Tim Raines Jr./Prentice Redman - these 2 former prospects in the Orioles' and Mets' organizations respectively led the Senators attack today as they collectively reached base all 8 times they batted.  Raines was 2 for 2 with a 2-run homer, a single, 2 walks, and 2 RBI's, while Redman was 3 for 3 with 3 doubles, a hit-by-pitch (which may have been intentional), and an RBI.  Both players, as well as Seth Bynum, have been very productive offensively since joining the Senators.

Josh Whitesell - had a quiet 0 for 4 day at the plate with 2 strikeouts.  He also ripped a line drive right at the 1st baseman that resulted in a double play as Redman was doubled off of 2nd base.

Melvin Dorta/Dan Dement - these 2 solid but overlooked players each went 0 for 3; Dement also struck out twice.  Dorta did lay down a nicely-executed sacrifice bunt early in the game, while Dement failed to advance a runner from 2nd base in a bunt attempt (mainly because the ball was in the air and the runner wasn't sure if the ball would be caught or not).

David Maust - pitched 6 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 men.  He improved his record to 3-6 and lowered his ERA to 4.83. box score