The Senators (37-23) fell behind early to Reading (33-24) Friday night and couldn't complete a big rally in a 9-4 loss. Reading took a 6-0 lead into the sixth inning before the Sens scored to make the score 6-1. Trailing 8-1 in the seventh inning, the Sens plated three runs and had the bases loaded but couldn't get the big hit they needed. Harrisburg had their leadoff man on in each of the final six frames but only scored in two of the innings. Reading turned four double plays to squelch several Sens opportunities.
Trailing 8-4 with the bases loaded and no out in the 7th, the Senators had a chance to get back into the game, but Chuck Taylor popped out and Luis Garcia lined into a double play. Reading tacked on a run in the 8th for the final tally.
On Capitol Hill
• Wil Crowe started and allowed single runs in the second and third innings. In the fifth, he issued a one-out walk, and then a two-out single followed by a walk. Darick Hall then touched him for a grand slam.
• Jacob Condra-Bogan pitched an inning and allowed two runs on three hits.
• Ronald Pena and Aaron Barrett combined to go the final two frames with Pena allowing a run on a home run.
With the Gavel
• Adrian Sanchez had two hits including a double in the first inning. He was the only Senator with two hits.
• Harrisburg received seven walks, but Reading turned four double plays to keep the Sens at bay. Harrisburg only managed five hits.
• Akron and Erie both won, and both gained a game on the Senators. Akron is at Altoona for a doubleheader Saturday while Erie is in Trenton.
• Harrisburg is now 14-5 in series opening games.
The Senators and Reading Fightin Phils play game two of their three-game series Saturday night at 6:45 p.m. The game can be heard on CBS Sports Radio Harrisburg 96.5FM 95.3FM and 1400AM beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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