Hits Hard to Come By as Senators Drop Series Opener

Photo courtesy @BMY61

Photo courtesy @BMY61

Curve 3, Senators 1

Offense was hard to come by for both Altoona and Harrisburg as the teams combined for only five hits in the Curve’s 3-1 victory over the Senators. The defeat sent Harrisburg to their third straight loss in as many days and the third straight at the hands of the Curve.

Harrisburg starter Brian Broderick threw six innings of three-hit ball, but allowed three runs on a two-run single to opposing pitcher Casey Sadler and solo home run to Alex Dickerson. Matt Swynenberg and Ian Krol worked three scoreless innings to keep the Senators chances alive late in the game.

Sandy Leon recorded the Senators only two hits, one of which was the single that allowed their lone run to score when the ball was misplayed by Altoona centerfielder Mel Rojas. The Senators were sent down in order in six of the nine innings.

Player of the Game: Brian Broderick

From the Windup

• Two days after recording their lowest hit total of the season (three), the Senators set a new mark when they scratched out only two on Monday evening.

• Altoona starter Casey Sadler probably wishes he threw against Harrisburg every time out. In three starts this season against the Senators, Casey Sadler is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA and has held them to a .169 batting average. Against the rest of the Eastern League, Sadler holds a 2.74 ERA and opponents are batting .308 off the righthander.

• For the second day in a row a Senator was benched after not hustling. This time Brian Goodwin was pulled out of the game after he failed to run out a pop-up in the bottom half of the sixth inning.

• Prior to the game, former Senator Bill Bray returned to Harrisburg as he was added from extended spring training. To make room on the roster, the Nationals organization inexplicably released Trevor Holder. Yeah, it makes no sense to me either.

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