Game 48: Senators 7, Baysox 6
Is there somebody you know (probably an older brother or a guy at your workplace) who can always one up you? No matter how hard you try and how well you do, he always does better. Perhaps it's the choice of an anniversary gift for your parents or the monthly sales figures, but it always ends up like Wile E. Coyote going up against the Road Runner. By the look of this five-game sweep at the hands of the Senators, the Bowie Baysox have been ordering their baseball equipment from the Acme Corporation.
Bowie was only ahead of the Senators three times over the weekend and each time Harrisburg immediately responded with a bigger number on the scoreboard. Tonight, the Baysox put up 2 runs in both the 2nd and 3rd innings only to see the Senators one up them each inning with 3 spots. The big blow of the night belonged to DH Bill Rhinehart who crushed a 1-0 pitch from Bowie starter Wynn Pelzer into the right-center field seats to put the Senators up 6-4 after the third inning. It was a lead they would never relinquish as they ran their winning streak to 8 games. Adding to the Harrisburg offensive outburst were Steve Lombardozzi who went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs and Tyler Moore who was 2 for 2 with a solo home run.
Starter Tanner Roark was a true Jekyll and Hyde on the mound tonight during his six innings of work. The first three frames saw him hanging on to his place on the mound by a very thin thread as he danced out of trouble in the first, but couldn't in the next two as he allowed 4 runs. From that point on though, he was a different pitcher as he set the Baysox down 1-2-3 in the next three innings and preserved the lead and really saved the Senators' bullpen.
His performance didn't go unnoticed by manager Tony Beasley as he commented after the game, "His last three innings were really, really good innings. Way better than his first few innings and he was a different guy he had more velocity and more bite on his breaking ball and Derek (Norris) did a nice job getting him back into rhythm. I just thought he was outstanding tonight because he could have easily been out of that game."
The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Bill Rhinehart (1-2, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB)
Next Game: Tomorrow 7 PM @ Metro Bank Park vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Probables: Brad Peacock (HAR) 7-1, 2.13 ERA vs. Henderson Alvarez (NH) 2-0, 1.50 ERA