Game 61: Aeros 5, Senators 4
Field at scheduled gametime
Photo courtesy Geoff Morrow's twitter
The last time the Senators got swept in a three-game series was early May when they could muster very little response against the offensive buzzsaw the Reading Phillies unleashed all over Metro Bank Park. After getting swept this weekend by the Akron Aeros, Harrisburg needs to look squarely in the mirror to see who's responsible for shouldering the blame this time.
That's not to take anything away from the job Akron did in these three games especially because they came back from early deficits in each contest to claim victory. For the most part, their hits weren't dying quails and gorks. They hit the ball solidly against almost every pitcher including today's starter Brad Peacock. I'm not trying to say that Akron didn't deserve to sweep this series, just that Harrisburg deserved to get swept more.
The Senators had three days of failing to execute the little things that make the difference between winning and losing. They made errors - both ones scored as such and ones not. They made baserunning mistakes and defensively forgot the situation too many times as they threw to the wrong base or failed to knock down grounders to keep the ball in the infield. For the second straight day, the Senators' failed to lay down a successful sacrifice bunt and it cost them. Usually these are things a good team doesn't do...at least one that two short weeks ago won ten games in a row.
All that being said, the Senators still hold a three-game lead in the EL's Western Division as they have a day off tomorrow before they begin a six-game road trip to Trenton and Altoona. For their sake, I hope some time away from the ballpark and Harrisburg will right the ship because they are a better ball team than what they showed these last three days.
• I would have to guess that no one was happier to see Brad Peacock leave the game in the seventh inning than Akron's Beau Mills. Peacock had struck out the red-hot first baseman all three times he faced him and quite honestly made him look silly on a number of swings. But once Peacock left the game, Mills stroked an RBI single off Pat McCoy to extend his hitting streak to a season-best 10 games.
• Steve Lombardozzi started the game at shortstop for only the third time he's played the position this season. The good news for all you minor league baseball fantasy players is that Lombo only needs two more games to qualify at the position in most standard leagues.
• Since coming off the DL ten days ago, McCoy has been struggling especially with inherited runners as he has allowed four out of five to score during this timeframe.
• After the amount of rain that fell in the 2+ hour delay, instead of brooms it's probably more fitting for the Aeros to break out the mops and squeegees to symbolize this three-game sweep.
The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Chris Rahl (2-4, 2 RBI, 2 2B)
Next Game: Tuesday 7:05 PM @ Waterfront Park vs. Trenton Thunder
Probables: Garrett Mock (HAR) 0-0, 9.00 vs. Shaeffer Hall (TRE) 5-3, 4.00