That Was The Week That Was: May 18-23

vs. Altoona Curve (Pirates)
2-4 (6-12)
6th Place – Double-A Northeast, Southwest Division

The six-game set hosting the Curve was representative of where the Senators stand three weeks into the season. The offense isn’t going to give you much, but if the pitching, both starters and relievers, can continue at this level, it provides Harrisburg a shot at victory each night. This week’s series visiting Bowie will be a good test of the staff as the 13-4 Baysox are in the top half of the league in most offensive categories.

⚫ With starters Mario Sanchez, Sterling Sharp, and Carson Teel leading the way, the Senators’ rotation is doing a good job throwing strikes and pitching to contact. Harrisburg may be dead last in the Double-A Northeast as a pitching staff in strikeouts, but they’ve also allowed the least number of walks while throwing the least number of pitches per inning. They have also rolled over a league-leading 16 double-plays so far, which has gotten them out of numerous jams.

⚫ After beginning the season 0-for-16, Alex Dunlap broke out in a big way in the Senators’ 6-3 victory over Altoona on Saturday night. In the seventh inning, the backup catcher doubled down the left-field line and scored a batter later on Cody Wilson’s two-bagger. Tied 3-3 an inning later with men on first and third and one out, Wilson laid down a safety squeeze bunt that scored Rhett Wiseman and kept the late rally going. 

It was a great call from Harrisburg manager Tripp Keister too, as Dunlap has struggled to put the ball in play (seven strikeouts) and is a candidate for an inning-ending double play. The skipper knew he could trust Dunlap to get the bunt down, and Wiseman’s insertion earlier as a pinch-runner paid off as the outfielder beat the play at the plate.

⚫ I know I highlighted him two weeks ago, but reliever Gabe Klobosits continues to impress at the back-end of the bullpen. The Auburn University product has dominated in his first go-round at Double-A.

In six appearances over eight innings, Klobosits struck out 14 batters, including six in two frames on Sunday afternoon. The 6-foot-7 right-hander sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and has displayed excellent command throwing 75% strikes with 26 swing-and-miss strikes (out of 70 thrown).

Klobosits hasn’t allowed a run in his last 18 appearances over 27.1 innings dating all the way back to July 11, 2019. 

⚫ It took 18 games, but the Senators played their first extra-inning affair of the season on Sunday. In 2019, Harrisburg played in 15 such contests (over a 139 game season) with a 7-8 record.

Who’s Hot:
Jakson Reetz .357/.500/.429 (5-for-14)
Sterling Sharp 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Who’s Not:
Osvaldo Duarte .053/.182/.053 (1-for-19)
Jhon Romero 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

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