Harrisburg Senators vs Reading Fightin Phils – April 17, 2016

I was able to get to a Harrisburg Senators game for the first time since 2007 today.  I was really looking forward to it because the starting pitcher for the Senators was the #1 prospect in all of minor league baseball, Lucas Giolito.  I was also anticipating seeing him go up against Reading SS J.P. Crawford, who is the #3 prospect in all of minor league baseball.  But as always, things don’t work out as planned.

Harrisburg Pitcher Lucas Giolito

Harrisburg Pitcher Lucas Giolito

I did get to see Giolito pitch and whenever I seem to see a star pitcher, they aren’t having their best day.  Today, Giolito didn’t make it out of the 4th inning, giving up 5 runs, although only 1 earned.

And Reading decided to give Crawford the day off, but at least I got to see him play last year.  The game finished as win by Reading, 14-2.  I know nobody cares, but I do need to mention that I noticed that the last game I attended involving Reading was a 14-2 victory by the visiting team.  Not a very common score, so that’s kind of odd.

Given that Crawford was out of the lineup, I was surprised that his replacement, K.C. Serna went 4-6 with 4 RBIs on the day.  So he’s definitely making the case to get some at bats since he went 3-4 in his previous start and is batting .533 for the season.  It’s also worth noting that his 4 RBIs came in 4 separate at bats.  Something else that doesn’t happen very often.  And for those keeping score (just me), in the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th innings, Reading 3B Harold Martinez scored a run, and K.C. Serna had an RBI.  I’m sure that streak would have continued into the 10th had we gotten there.

It was also my first opportunity to see Reading Catcher Jorge Alfaro play and he didn’t disappoint going 3-4 including a triple and 4 RBIs.  For Harrisburg, CF Rafael Bautista went 3-4 with a double and an RBI.

I’ll have to work on plans to see more games this year.  My main goal for this season is to see the Hartford Yard Goats in their inaugural year.  So we’ll see how that works out.

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