Offense a No-Show in Series Opener

Photo courtesy @kmc849

Photo courtesy @kmc849

Flying Squirrels 4, Senators 0

Monday night at Metro Bank Park, the Senators’ offensive woes once again reared their ugly head. This time in a 4-0 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the first of a three-game series.

The Senators had plenty of baserunners despite gathering only four hits, as they walked seven times in the game. In fact, Harrisburg had a man on base in eight out of the nine innings played. But delivering the game-changing hit or even getting someone to third base after Anthony Rendon accomplished the feat in the first inning were fruitless endeavors.

Manager Matt LeCroy offered his thoughts, “I thought we were getting back on the right track with our hitting. I saw some really good things in Binghamton, but tonight we just couldn’t get it going…You feel like you’re headed in the right direction and then you have this game.”

Player of the Game: Ian Krol

From the Windup

• Prior to the game, Jeff Howell was promoted to Syracuse and Craig Manuel was added to the roster from extended spring training as the backup catcher. Manuel made a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning and reached base safely on an error by the pitcher.

• With two more scoreless innings on Monday night, Ian Krol lowered his ERA under one (0.93).

• Destin Hood will be back in the lineup on Tuesday after sitting out the last two games with minor swelling in the span between the thumb and pointer finger of his throwing hand.

• Jimmy VanOstrand was replaced in the sixth inning by Sean Nicol after his knee started bothering him. LeCroy called his substition “more precautionary” and that it allowed VanOstrand to receive treatment earlier in the night.

• Flying Squirrels hurler Carlos Teller was making his first start in affiliated baseball since August 8, 2006 in the Venzuelan Summer League. Teller drew the interest of the Giants organization after he threw an inning for Nicaragua in the WBC qualifiers and was signed this past off-season.

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