Four Days in Erie

Photo courtesy Will Bentzel / MiLB

Photo courtesy Will Bentzel / MiLB

Thursday: Senators 7, SeaWolves 0

In only his second Double-A start, Robbie Ray threw a masterful complete-game shutout as the Senators coasted to a 7-0 victory. Ray needed just 107 pitches as he struck out a career-high eleven batters and scattered only three singles. The offense answered the bell with seven runs on 13 hits as they were forced to play without All-Stars Brian Goodwin and Steven Souza, whose luggage and equipment were delayed in transit from New Britain. Justin Bloxom (3-4, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 3 R), Jason Martinson (2-4, 2 RBI), and Ricky Hague (1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) led the Senators.

Friday: Senators 2, SeaWolves 0

Taylor Hill and three relievers held the SeaWolves without a run for the second straight game as the Senators had two early runs hold up for the victory. Hill went six innings and lowered his ERA with Harrisburg down to 1.33. Aaron Barrett worked the final four outs to pick up his 19th save on the season. Steven Souza stroked a solo home run, his 12th tater, and Jerad Head and Carlos Rivero chipped in with two hits apiece.

Saturday: SeaWolves 2, Senators 1

A pitcher’s duel between Nate Karns and Jon Link ended when James Robbins smoked a walk-off home run off reliever Ryan Perry to send Erie home with a 2-1 win. Karns extended his string of impressive outings as the righthander tossed six innings allowing a lone run on three hits while striking out nine. The Senators offense was even more dormant as Link continued his dominance over Harrisburg as Brian Goodwin, Jerad Head, and Kris Watts were the only ones to reach base by a hit.

Sunday: SeaWolves 7, Senators 3

The Senators couldn’t come through in the clutch as they went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position despite ten hits and drawing six walks in the 7-3 loss to Erie. The bright spots on offense were solo home runs by Jason Martinson (his first at AA) and Jimmy VanOstrand. Rob Gilliam collared the loss as he allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. The win by the SeaWolves split the four-game series and drew them within 2.5 games of the first-place Senators.

* In the course of the last 24 hours, umpire Matt Springer ejected three different players (Bloxom on Saturday, Tyler Collins and Goodwin on Sunday).

* Sandy Leon hasn’t appeared behind the plate for the Senators since Thursday night as Watts and Jeff Howell handled the catching duties the last three games.

* Paul Demny was activated off the disabled list on Sunday and Blake Treinen is expected to do the same on Monday night to get the start.

* With shutouts the first two games of this series, the Senators lead the Eastern League with twelve on the season.

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