Photo credit: David Monseur/Accent Images/Courtesy Akron RubberDucks

Harrisburg Senators 6, Akron RubberDucks 4


Harrisburg doesn’t normally live and die by the long ball, as they entered the night tied with Akron at 89 homers on the year. However the Senators certainly lived by it on Thursday, with five of their runs coming via the home run.

It started in the first, with a pair of hard singles off Jamie Arias-Bautista being followed by an opposite field homer by 29-year-old John Nogowski. 

It continued in the third, when Johnkensy Noel countered with a oppo bomb of his own. He wasted no time, teeing off on the first pitch of the at-bat, on the outside half of the plate.

It was something that pleased manager Rouglas Odor.

“He’s been working with our hitting department on continuing to be disciplined and swinging at his pitches,” Odor said, “I’m happy for him.”

As Noel continues to work on his plate discipline, Odor sees that as a key step in his growth.

“That’s what going to take hitters to the big leagues.”

Harrisburg’s Late Breakthrough

The final score may have been kind to Akron. Though they only lost by two, they were outhit 12-5. Harrisburg couldn’t break it open, until they got some time to work through Akron’s bullpen. A home run off Jerson Ramirez gave them a lead in the seventh.

In the eighth, Harrisburg used an infield double and an infield single to get runners on the corners. Manuel Alverez’s wild pitch did the rest, allowing an insurance run to cross. It marked back to back nights where the bullpen was attributed the loss. 

Odor was not too stressed about the performance:

“Tonight was just one of those nights. It’s just the way the game goes sometimes.”

Akron struggled on offense too, finishing with just five hits and a 1-9 mark with runners in scoring position.

“Sometimes we try to do too much”, Odor said, “Especially with runners in scoring position.”

Notable Performances:

 SP Jamie Arias-Bautista: 3.2 IP,  5H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 75 pitches (49 Strikes, 26 Balls)

FB: 87-89

SL: 86

CB: 80-81

1B Jhonkensy Noel: 1-4, 1 HR

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