Game Notes & Quotes – 6/11

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Senators 1, Flying Squirrels 0

* It was only fitting that the two best teams in the Eastern League as far as pitching goes would match up in a pitcher’s duel that saw both teams scratch out only four hits apiece.

* The difference on the scoreboard was Josh Johnson’s pinch-hit home run to lead off the sixth inning. Johnson just returned off the temporarily inactive list and rejoined the Senators earlier today after doing very little baseball activity. Manager Matt LeCroy on the night’s hero, “He was out for two weeks and I think he hit some in the cage and long toss to keep his arm going, but I’m sure he didn’t run much…Just a proud moment for him. It’s just amazing that he hadn’t seen a pitch in two weeks with his father passing away. Very emotional. The guys got him a picture of his father and framed it for him. To see that happen was pretty good.”

* Paul Demny, Matt Swynenberg, Matt Grace, and Aaron Barrett combined to throw the Senators’ seventh shutout of the season. LeCroy on Demny, “I see a guy who’s competing more. He lives for those moments where he has to pitch out of something. Whereas before, I think he worried about wins, instead of how am I getting that guy out…Tonight, he rose to the challenge.”

* For about the last three weeks, Barrett’s hard breaking ball has been filthy with a capital F. But according to pitching coach Paul Menhart it’s been the same pitch all season just a different approach as he’s attacking batters with it, “I think the usage of the breaking ball is different but the shape of it is all the same. There’s no difference…He’s making them hit that pitch.”

* A day after getting pulled in the middle of the game in Reading, Ricky Hague sat out Tuesday night’s contest with what LeCroy is calling a small groin issue that they’re taking day to day.

* Ryan Tatusko returns to City Island on Wednesday as he’s called upon to make the spot start for the Senators.

* LeCroy on the team as they close to within two games of first place, “We’ve lost a lot of guys here and we’re still keeping our heads above water. You’re seeing better baseball for the most part. Seeing guys improve and that’s our job. That’s what makes me really happy when I see guys getting better.”

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