Sens getting a ton from de Caster

Five-RBI performance, big plays at third help defeat Erie

(Joy R. Absalon/

April 7, 2008 5:48 PM

Yurendell de Caster is already having a fine season, both at the plate and in the field.

The third baseman amassed a five-RBI performance as his Harrisburg Senators rallied to a 12-5 victory Monday to hand the Erie SeaWolves their first loss of the year.

After the SeaWolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third, de Caster knotted the contest for the Senators (4-1) when he smacked his third homer to right field with two men aboard.

"He got a fastball and drove it the other way," said acting Senators manager Jeff Garber. "He got us back in the game. He's been swinging the bat very well. "He's also been playing a good third base for us," Garber added. "He started a couple of double plays."

The 28-year-old third baseman, who is batting .444 and also homered in the last inning of Sunday's game, ripped a two-RBI double to key an eight-run seventh that broke the game open. Ian Desmond also contributed a two-RBI double during the outburst after belting a solo homer in the fifth. Harrisburg (4-1) pounded out 13 hits in all.

Marco Estrada (1-0) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk without a strikeout over five innings for the win.

Deik Scram went 3-for-4 for Erie (4-1).

Daniel Christensen (0-1) was tagged for four runs on five hits, striking out four and walking three over 4 2/3 frames to take the loss.

Alan Friedman is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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