Game Notes & Quotes – 7/7

Photo courtesy Paul Chaplin / PennLive

Photo courtesy Paul Chaplin / PennLive

G1: Senators 1, Baysox 0
G2: Senators 6, Baysox 2

Two days after sweeping the Baysox in a doubleheader, the Senators repeated the feat on Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park winning 1-0 and 6-2.

In Game 1, Rob Gilliam delivered his best start as a Senator as he went six innings and allowed a lone hit. The righthander walked two, struck out three, and hit a batter. Jerad Head blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning to provide the only offense of the game.

The nightcap was shortened by rain to five innings but the Senators bust out for six runs early to coast to victory. Head drove in four on a double and two-run home run, as Brian Goodwin and Head each scored twice. Spot starter Matt Swynenberg went five strong innings to pick up the victory.

* Pitching coach Paul Menhart spoke about the turnaround for Gilliam in the last two starts, “He’s made a really good adjustment to his arm slot. It’s enabled him to minimize the opportunities for him to fly open and leave balls up and give him a little more deception. He’s bought into it.”

* Aaron Barrett worked the last inning of the first game to pick up his 17th save on the season. The Senators’ closer is second in the Eastern League behind Binghamton’s Jeff Walters.

* With the win in Game 1, Harrisburg guaranteed a victory in their season series with the Baysox.

* With his two home runs on the day, Head moved ahead of Steven Souza into the team lead with 12 on the season.

* Manager Matt LeCroy on Swynenberg’s effort especially to get out of the bases-loaded jam, “Huge. We didn’t have to eat up some bullpen. He made a big pitch with the bases loaded…I told him to settle down and keep his composure. I told all the infielders, it is what it is (blown call at home) but we’re still ahead and we’re going to go in score some runs so I need you to get out of this inning right here. Slow the game down. And he got the ground ball.”

* Jeff Howell might have been disappointed that there were no planned fireworks today as he went ahead provided his own. One play after home plate umpire John Bacon egregiously missed a call at the plate, Howell was tossed from the game. That was when Mount Howell erupted as he went chest to chest with Bacon aggressively bumping the umpire backwards until LeCroy was able to pull him off.

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