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Harrisburg Senators 4/7/06 game report
« Topic Start: April 08, 2006, 11:35:44 PM »
For the second night in a row, the Harrisburg Senators overcame an early deficit in the later stages of the game to beat Erie 11-7, improving the Senators' record to 2-0 on the young season.  Harrisburg banged out 17 hits and used timely hitting (6 runs scored with 2 outs) in gaining the victory.  For a while though the game wasn't about the Senators offense or even the Senators themselves, as the visiting Seawolves jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 3 innings, tallying scores in each of the first 3 frames.  The score stayed 5-0 Erie until the bottom of the 6th when the Senators scored 4 times, with 2 runs coming on a home run by a rehabbing Alex Escobar and the other 2 runs being manufactured on 3 hits.  Erie though responded with a run in the top of the 7th to extend their lead to 6-4, but the Senators struck back with 5 more runs in the bottom half of the inning, again stringing together a number of singles and a walk to post a big inning and take a 9-6 lead into the 8th inning.  Harrisburg added 2 insurance runs in that 8th inning on Frank Diaz' first home run as a Senator and overcame some struggles by closer Danny Rueckel in the 9th inning to post the victory.

General game notes:

- The Senators feasted on the Erie relievers.  After Seawolves starter Humberto Sanchez pitched 5 strong, scoreless innings (only encountering some trouble in the 5th), he was pulled and that's when Erie's problems started.  All told 4 different Erie relievers gave up 11 runs, all earned, in only 3 innings.  The Seawolves' relievers were also a little shaky opening night and again wasted a strong effort by the starting pitcher.

- The Senators committed their first error of the season.  The error, on a routine throw by 2nd baseman Dan Dement, directly led to an unearned run in the 2nd inning.  Harrisburg also botched a pick-off play, allowing the Erie runner to reach 2nd base despite the fact he left the base too early.

Individual Harrisburg Senators player notes:

Frank Diaz - had an excellent game at the plate, going 3 for 5 with a homer, double, 3 RBI's, and 3 runs scored.  He also made 3 notable plays.  The first was the best defensive play of the game, as he made a excellent diving catch while playing CF on a moderately hard hit liner to right-center field.  The second play was his hustle on a semi-humpback liner behind 1st base that he was able to turn from a single to a double.  The final and probably most important play was a play at the plate in the 7th inning when the Senators were making their comeback; he made an excellent slide to elude a tag on an extremely close play.  His run (I think) tied the game at 6-6 and kept the inning alive.

Salomon Manriquez - posted a strong offensive night, going 3 for 5 with 2 RBI's and a run scored.  His 2 out, 2 run single in the 7th inning was the biggest hit in that 5 run frame.  He also made a nice catch near the screen behind the plate to end the game.

Kory Casto - went 3 for 4 plus a walk with 3 runs scored.  At 3rd base, he's not Ryan Zimmerman, but made all the plays he was supposed to make and was solid.

Josh Whitesell - enjoyed a 2 for 3 night with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.

Ian Desmond - suffered through an 0 for 5 night with 4 strikeouts.  He also was unlucky on the one ball he put in play, as the Erie pitcher knocked down a screaming liner and threw Desmond out to end the 7th inning.

Kip Bouknight - struggled in his first start of the season, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and 1 hit batter in 5 innings.  He also gave up 2 home runs.  He did settle down some in his last 2 innings of work. boxscore