Game 41: Senators 11, Aeros 6
It took the Senators 41 games, but for the first time all season Harrisburg finally scored in double-digits as they hung on for the 11-6 victory over the Akron Aeros. Behind five base hits including a Derek Norris homer, the Senators plated four runs in the first inning before Akron even batted to set the tone against Aeros' starter Joe Gardner. Harrisburg would chase Gardner from the game as they continued their offensive assault with 3 in the 4th and 2 more in the 5th to stake themselves to a 9-0 lead.
Fresh off the DL, starter Erik Davis wasn't as sharp as he would have liked but he held the Aeros scoreless until he ran into trouble in the fifth inning. Davis' high pitch count found him yanked from a 9-1 game just one out short of having the opportunity to earn the victory. Matt Chico entered in relief and barthmaiered the situation as Akron pulled within 3 at 9-6 entering the top of the 7th inning. The Senators would respond with insurance runs in the 8th and 9th and Erik Arnesen would throw the final three innings to secure the victory.
• For the second straight day, Norris hit a homerun off an 0-2 pitch. The catcher is now riding an 8-game hitting streak where he's hitting .379 and slugging .828 during that span.
• Every batter got at least one hit except for DH Alex Valdez who took the collar in five at-bats.
• The win pushes the Senators into a tie for first place in the EL's Western Division with the Bowie Baysox.
• Josh Johnson is batting .421 and has scored 8 runs since coming off the DL exactly one week ago.
• Tyler Moore added his 6th home run of the season with a solo blast to dead center in the top of the 9th.
• Matt Chico threw his hat in the ring for the least deserving win of the season as he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks, uncorked a wild pitch, and had his lone inherited runner score...all in 1.1 innings, but still garnered the win because of some arcane, ridiculous rules.
• After Harrisburg relievers struggled to get anyone out for the last two days, Erik Arnesen was a welcome sight on the mound as he mowed down the Akron batters getting 9 of the 10 batters he faced in a hitless three innings of work. As the Patriot-News' Geoff Morrow tweeted out, "Has to be the most underappreciated man in the #Nationals minor league system: Erik Arnesen just does work. Great, consistent work."
The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Erik Arnesen (3 IP, 0 H)
Next Game: Tomorrow at 7:05 PM @ Canal Park vs. Akron Aeros
Probables: Oliver Perez (HAR) 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. Austin Adams (AKR) 4-3, 2.45 ERA