The Harrisburg Senators used outstanding pitching once again to pick up their third consecutive victory over the Bowie Baysox, a 2-0 win, on Wednesday night before 2,875 fans at Metro Bank Park.
Bowie entered the series having scored 104 runs in the first 14 meetings with Harrisburg. However, the Baysox have just one tally in the first three games of this week's series. Scott McGregor faced only one more than the minimum in his return from the disabled list. The righty struck out three batters in four scoreless innings. Colin Bates allowed four hits in three innings, but with the assistance of two double plays, he was able to keep the shutout going. Paul Demny fired a scoreless eighth to set up Robert Benincasa in the ninth. Benincasa allowed a base runner, but finished off the second consecutive Senators' shutout for his third save of the season.
The only run Harrisburg needed came in the first inning as Michael Taylor (2-for-3, run) singled, moved to second on a Matt Skole single, to third on a balk and then home on an RBI groundout by Kevin Keyes. The Senators added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Adrian Sanchez. After singling in the first, Skole also singled in the third to pick up a hit in six consecutive at-bats. The hit in the third also meant that Skole had reached base in eight straight plate appearances, dating back to Monday. The Senators' first baseman flied out to center in the sixth to end the streak, but went 2-for-4 on the night.
Tomorrow night the Senators will shoot for their first four-game sweep since 2011 with lefty Zach Kroenke on the mound for a 7:00 p.m. start. Bowie will attempt to salvage the series with Anthony Vasquez starting.The game can be heard beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m. on 1460 AM or via senatorsbaseball.com, 1460theticket.com or the iHeart Radio app.
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