Game 26: Senators 8, Baysox 6
C'mon, I'm desperate for any photo about these away games
Led by an offense that pounded out nine hits (including three with runners in scoring position), the Senators fought off the persistent Bowie Baysox to prevail 8-6 in the Thursday morning contest. Tyler Moore capped off a huge day at the dish with a triple in the top of the 9th inning to drive Steve Lombardozzi in from second base with the game-winning run. Moore would also score on a wild pitch to add to the cushion and finalize the scoring for the game.
Senators' starter Shairon Martis wasn't sharp for his third straight game but he managed to grind his way through five innings giving up only three runs (two earned) while scattering seven hits and three walks. Jimmy Barthmaier relieved Martis and worked a scoreless sixth before allowing a game-tying three-run homerun to Baysox catcher Steven Lerud in the seventh inning. Cory VanAllen and Ryan Mattheus worked out of a first-and-third jam in the 8th and Mattheus set Bowie down in order to garner his first win on the season.
• Brad Meyers was rewarded for his strong first month of the season with a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse. Taking his place on the roster will be former Senator and Nationals' pitcher Matt Chico who was demoted after struggling for the Chiefs in his 8 relief appearances so far this year. Although Chico has started in the past, he is expected to join Harrisburg's bullpen and no word on who'll be expected to step in to Meyers' spot in the rotation.
• Chris Rahl extended his hitting streak to 9 games with a line drive single in the 5th inning and Steve Lombardozzi has now hit safely in 7 straight games with his 1 for 5 day.
• Archie Gilbert's HR in the fifth inning was another solo shot for the Senators bringing their season total to 15 out of a total of 18.
• Unable to listen to the game at work (stupid internet firewall), Josh Johnson was apparently injured enough to switch middle infield positions with Lombardozzi to start the game. Although he was healthy enough to bat and run the bases in the top of the 9th, he was then defensively subbed out by Stephen King.
• The Senators regained first place in the Western Division with the victory.
The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Tyler Moore (3-4, 2B, 3B, 2R, 4RBI)
Next Game: Tomorrow at 7:00 PM Metro Bank Park
Probables: Erik Davis (HAR) 1-0, 3.05 ERA vs. Josh Zied (REA) 1-1, 4.35 ERA