Harrisburg, PA- Josh Johnson hit a pinch-hit home run to lift the Senators to a 1-0 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the series opener at Metro Bank Park.
Johnson, who made his first appearance since being activated from the temporary inactive list earlier in the day, led off the sixth inning by blasting a 2-2 pitch from Jack Snodgrass into the left field seats. He was pinch-hitting for Matt Swynenberg, who tossed a hitless top half of the sixth.
Paul Demny pitched five shutout innings, allowed just two hits, and struck out seven. Matt Grace retired all five batters he faced, striking out the final three. Aaron Barrett came on and recorded a four-out save to close out the ballgame.
The contest had its share of drama in the ninth inning. Two batters after a leadoff double by Javier Herrera, Andrew Susac singled to right, but Steven Souza, Jr. gunned down Herrera at the plate for the second out of the inning. Barrett induced a ground out to short off the bat of Ehrie Adrianza to preserve the shutout, the seventh of the season for the Senators.
Snodgrass tossed an eight-inning complete game for Richmond, giving up just four hits and striking out five.
Tomorrow, the Senators continue their three-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at Metro Bank Park. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on 1460am The Ticket, on the Internet through the Senators website, and it's available through iHeart Radio beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m.