The Harrisburg Senators (32-30) defeated the Reading Fightin Phils (26-36) 8-3 Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. Taylor Gushue hit the second grand slam of the season for the Senators while Kyle McGowin struck out a career-high 11 batters en route to the club's third straight win.
The Senators opened the scoring in the first when Hunter Jones, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Dan Gamache led off the game with a double, triple and double to plate a pair of runs.
Taylor Gushue broke the game open in the second. After Hunter Jones walked and Gutierrez and Gamache reached on back-to-back singles, Gushue belted a grand slam over the left field fence to put the Senators ahead 6-0.
Drew Ward added to the lead in the sixth by crushing a two-run home run to left as the Senators took an 8-0 advantage.
Reading got on the board in the sixth when Zach Green hit a bases loaded two-run single. The club added their final run in the eighth on another RBI single by Green to make it 8-3 which would be the final score.
Senators starter Kyle McGowin (3-1) earned the win, tossing six innings of two run and four hit ball while striking out a career-high 11. It's the most strike outs by a Senator since Erick Fedde struck out 12 on August 31, 2016. Fightins starter Elniery Garcia (0-6) took the loss after surrendering six runs on six hits over two innings.
Jones and Gamache both finished with three hits to pace the Senators and the top five in the order combined to go 10-21 with three doubles, two home runs, and six RBI.
The Senators and Fightins continue the series Wednesday night. Wirkin Estevez takes the bump for the Senators against Fightins starter Ranger Suarez. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. The game can be heard on CBS Sports Harrisburg 96.5 & 95.3 FM and 1400 AM or at www.cbssportsharrisburg.com beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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