The Senators’ comeback bid fell short as Binghamton held on for a 3-2 series-clinching victory on Saturday night. Nate Karns went eight strong innings for Harrisburg as the righthander struck out 11 while allowing three runs on five hits. Offensively, the Senators once again struggled but managed to put together back-to-back triples by Brian Jeroloman and Destin Hood in the fifth inning to draw within a run.
* After returning from his stint in the Nationals’ rotation, Karns has been a better and more consistent pitcher. In his nine starts prior, Karns had a 4.60 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and in nine starts since, he has a 2.44 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Saturday night’s performance was his fifth straight quality start.
* It took a perfect throw, but Billy Burns was caught stealing in the first inning for only the sixth time this season. The fastest man in the Nationals’ organization has successfully stolen 51 bases during his 90 games with Potomac.
* Other than Burns’ walk to lead off the game, all of the Senators baserunners reached base with two outs.
* The game was delayed around 30 minutes before the first pitch to make sure a moving storm system had passed.