The Senators ninth-inning rally fell just short as Bowie outlasted Harrisburg 3-2 to even the seven-game series up at two. Taylor Hill tossed seven innings without his best stuff but held the Baysox to only two runs. Jerad Head was the lone Senator with multiple hits as the leftfielder also drove in a run.
* Manager Matt LeCroy summed it up pretty succinctly, “This is a frustrating one for me because I know these guys are better than what they showed tonight offensively.”
* LeCroy on the job Hill did in his third start with Harrisburg, “Taylor Hill gave us a chance. A real gutsy performance out of him. It could have got real bad, but he battled and gave us a chance.”
* “Our situational hitting was not good,” LeCroy said, “We had chances. We have to do a better job of putting the ball in play. When you’re battling a team like this that can really hit and you only give up two runs, you’ve got to win these games right here.”
* The Senators’ offensive struggles continue as tonight marked the eighth time in the last nine games the team failed to generate more than five hits.
* Since his transfer from Triple-A Syracuse, Carlos Rivero is now 0 for 13 with six strikeouts.
* Play was temporarily halted in the sixth as Steven Souza’s hand was stepped on after a head-first slide into second. LeCroy said it was nothing serious and he should be fine. The other potential injury to note occurred when Head came up gimpy after sliding into home in the ninth. LeCroy noted that Head slid over the bat and he’d know more after trainer Jon Kotredes had a chance to treat the outfielder.
* Four former Senators were named to the All-Star Game as Bryce Harper, Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, and Jordan Zimmermann received the recognition. For Zimmermann, it was his first nod to the midsummer classic as he became the 21st former Senator to become an All-Star.
* Saturday night was the Senators’ Annual Scout Sleepover as the outfield was littered with tents and the campers got to watch “Wreck-It Ralph” on the big screen.