Game 50: Senators 10, Fisher Cats 8
The famous line from Brian DePalma's 1987 version of The Untouchables spoken by Sean Connery's character, Malone, was "They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way!"
Riding their current 10-game winning streak, I believe the Senators can tailor the quote for their own purposes, "They score one, we score two. They put a pair on the board, we put three. They plate three, we'll get six. That's the Harrisburg way!"
It's pretty incredible and uncanny how they've fashioned this streak of victories. If they need to scratch out a run in a scoreless game, they do it. If they need to hang on by the skin of their teeth after posting a huge lead early, they do it. Or if like tonight they need to win a slugfest, they go out and do it. Every time you think they can't possibly answer the bell and respond again, they do it.
The Senators broke out the lumber on a night when they needed it most and topped the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10-8 in front of 2,483 at Metro Bank Park. The majority of the damage came as they batted around and scored six in the third inning as they responded to the Fisher Cats taking a 3-2 lead in the previous half-inning. Despite New Hampshire chipping away at the lead the remainder of the night, Harrisburg hung on with two additional runs in the sixth and a perfect ninth by Zech Zinicola.
The Senators were balanced and productive up and down the batting order as no one batter had more than two hits and Jonathan Tucker was the only hitless starter in the lineup. Tyler Moore, Bill Rhinehart, and Alex Valdez each had a pair of runs batted in and the top three guys in the order (Lombardozzi, Johnson, and Rahl) each scored twice. Commenting on the offense, manager Tony Beasley said, "As a unit everyone has been contributing. It's not just one or two guys. It's the whole lot of them. That's fun to watch."
Spot starter Erik Arnesen battled for five tough innings against the potent New Hampshire offense as he allowed four runs on five hits. Jimmy Barthmaier relieved and after a less than stellar night on the mound, I regained the use of his name as a verb. Cory VanAllen and Zinicola held the Fisher Cats scoreless for the last 1.2 innings to preserve the victory.
The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Bill Rhinehart (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI)
Next Game: Tomorrow 7 PM @ Metro Bank Park vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Probables: Ryan Tatusko (HAR) 1-3, 5.85 ERA vs. Joel Carreno (NH) 4-3, 3.44 ERA