Game 111: Senators 3, Mets 2
Kevin Pucetas and four relievers helped snapped the Senators' five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Binghamton Mets. James Skelton and Justin Bloxom each accounted for two hits including a double and scored a run.
The Return of the Newport Nightmare: Still working his way back from a stint on the disabled list, Pucetas took another big step in regaining the first-half form that made him an All-Star. Pucetas threw five innings allowing only one run on three hits and one walk while striking out three.
In the Pen: Paul Demny made his first relief appearance of the season with a scoreless sixth inning. With Chien-Ming Wang becoming a temporary member of the starting rotation, it made sense to move Demny to the bullpen to back up Pucetas.
Clutch with Two Outs: All three Harrisburg runs were driven in with two outs. Consecutive singles by Devin Ivany and Jonathan Tucker plated the first two runs in the second inning and Zach Walters' triple scored the eventual gamewinner.
Early Call: Manager Matt LeCroy went to closer Hector Nelo in the game's eighth inning with the top of the order coming up for the B-Mets. It was an important enough spot in a game the Senators needed badly, so LeCroy wanted his best arm out of the pen in the game. But it was his defense that saved the day. First, Ivany gunned down Juan Lagares attempting to steal second after the speedy leadoff hitter reached base on a bunt single. Then Nelo walked the next batter, Reese Havens, but the rally was stymied when Tucker and Walters turned a double play to end the inning.
Playoffs?!?!?!: With Bowie's 11-3 win over New Britain, the Senators are still four games back for the final playoff spot in the Western Division.The Sports 'Burger Star of the Game: Kevin Pucetas