Game Notes & Quotes – 6/8

G1: Senators 1, Fightin Phils 0
G2: Fightin Phils 2, Senators 1

• Taylor Jordan was impressive in only six starts in Potomac at the start of the season. The righthander posted a 1.24 ERA through 36.1 innings while striking out 29 batters, walking only six, and scattering 31 hits. But what Jordan has accomplished during six appearances in Harrisburg since getting promoted to Double-A has been even astounding. Saturday night’s seven-inning complete game shutout lowered Jordan’s ERA as a member of the Senators to a miniscule 0.84. In 32 innings for Harrisburg, Jordan has struck out 28, walked only five, and has allowed 21 hits.

• The difference in the Game 1 pitcher’s duel was Sandy Leon’s leadoff home run in the seventh inning. The bomb was off Fightin Phils stud southpaw Jesse Biddle and came from the right side of the plate for the switch-hitting catcher. For the season, Leon has been a much better hitter from that side of the plate despite only half as many at-bats. As a lefty, Leon is hitting .192 with only four extra base hits. As a righty, Leon is now up to .298 and is slugging .509.

• The Senators managed a mere three hits in Game 2 off former major leaguer Carlos Zambrano and reliever Tyler Knigge. One of those was a solo home run by Jimmy VanOstrand in the second inning that gave the Senators a brief one-run lead.

• Coming off the Senators’ first nine-inning complete game in almost eight years, Caleb Clay once again was solid on the mound. Reading scored all they would need, two runs, in the fourth inning on a pair of doubles and a triple.

• Steven Souza’s team-high hitting streak of 12 games came to a crashing halt as he went hitless in six at-bats including five strikeouts, four of which were looking.

• Pitching coach Paul Menhart on Jordan to MiLB’s Robert Emrich – – “I think there’s a very good chance for him to make it to the big leagues,” Menhart said. “I see him pitching in the big leagues fairly soon. He’s pretty polished. He holds runners well, he pitches well with runners on base, he moves the ball inside and outside. He needs to handle the bat a little better, but that’s coming along better. There’s still a few little things he has to do to make him completely ready for the big leagues.”

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