Blake Treinen pitched seven brilliant innings and Anthony Rendon hit his second home run in five days to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a 4-0 win over the Reading Fightin Phils in the first of a two game series at FirstEnergy Stadium. After dropping four straight, Harrisburg has bounced back with four consecutive victories.
It was the second shutout for the Sens pitching staff on the road trip, after they also beat Altoona 4-0 on Friday night. In the past 39 innings, the staff has given up just two earned runs. Over the past 23 innings pitched by the starters, they have allowed only one run with four walks and 20 strikeouts.
The Senators got on the board right away in the first inning with a two-out rally. Rendon started it with a double and Justin Bloxom drove him in with a single. They added two unearned runs in the fourth, again beginning the rally with two outs. Sean Nicol was credited with a bunt RBI single. The final run came on Rendon's homer, a long solo shot to dead center leading off the sixth.
After the first batter of the game for Reading reached with a single, Treinen retired the next twelve hitters he faced. The right-hander surrendered only four hits on the night, didn't walk a man, and struck out four to earn his first win. Neil Holland and Pat Lehman pitched the eighth and ninth, and each struck out the side.
Tomorrow, the Senators conclude their two-game series in Reading against the Fightin Phils. Game time is 6:35 p.m. and the game can be heard on 1460am The Ticket, on the Internet through the Senators website, and it's available through iHeartRadio beginning with the pregame show at 6:20 p.m.