In a marquee matchup of first-place teams, the Binghamton Mets drew first blood as they shut out the Senators, 3-0, in front of 5,432 at Metro Bank Park. Harrisburg’s struggles on offense continued as they were held hitless into the sixth inning and finished with only four hits on the night. Starter Taylor Hill took the hard-luck loss as he scattered four hits in six innings while allowing two runs.
* Hill would probably give anything for some kind of offense to show up during his starts. Other than his Double-A debut when the Senators scored 11 times, runs have been hard to come by in games Hill is on the mound. His 2-5 record is a little easier to understand when you realize the Senators have managed to only plate 12 runs in his last seven starts. “I never pitched but I can imagine it’s hard to go out every night when we’re not scoring runs,” manager Matt LeCroy said, “You think you have to be perfect and that’s not what I want.”
* Earlier on Friday, Brian Goodwin was placed on the disabled list with an arm issue (H/T Dave Sottile of PennLive) and Billy Burns was promoted from Potomac. In 90 games with the P-Nats, Burns had a slash line of .308/.417/.387 and an impressive 51 stolen bases while getting caught just five times. Burns’ speed was on display in the seventh inning when he easily beat out a bunt he dropped down the third base line. “He can fly. I think he’s going to bring a dynamic to our team to get some stuff going,” LeCroy said, “We need that little spark right now.”
* The Senators offense continues to struggle as this great stat passed along from Senators’ broadcaster Terry Byrom highlights – in their last 55 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Senators are hitting .145 (only eight hits).