The Harrisburg Senators recently hosted the Reading Phillies in a three game series at Metro Bank Park on City Island in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. If the Senators wanted to have any chance of making the playoffs, the team would need every win it could get. Fans were glad to see the Senators get more wins and take the series.
On Monday, August 20, 2012, the Senators hosted the Phillies in the first game of the series. The Phillies would take the lead in the first inning and make the score 2-0 in the third. In the fourth, Jhonatan Solano got a homerun to make the score 2-1. During the sixth inning, the Senators managed to get three solo homeruns to take the lead. Brian Goodwin, Sean Nicol and Anthony Rendon each put one run on the board. Finally, Seth Bynum got one more run for the Senators during the seventh inning to make the final score 5-2.
On Tuesday, it was the Phillies turn to win in a high scoring game. In the third inning, the Phillies took the lead by posting three runs. The Senators matched those three runs in the fourth to tie the score at 3-3. The Phillies once again got the lead in the fifth with two more runs but the Senators answered in the sixth with five. The back and forth would continue until the Phillies were able to once again take the lead in the ninth. The Phillies won the game by a score of 11-9.
The two teams met for one final game on Wednesday. This was certainly an odd game. Though the two teams came out strong in the first inning, fans who like high scoring games would be sorely disappointed. The Phillies got on the board first thanks to a sacrifice fly that sent Tyson Gillies home. Brian Goodman then got the Senators on the board during the bottom of the first when a single was enough to send him home. The team took the lead when Rendon made it home. Though there were three scores during the first inning, the rest of the game would have none. The game ended with the Senators up 2-1.
Though the Senators have not yet been eliminated from the playoffs, it seems more than unlikely that the team will make the playoffs. The Senators are only ahead of the Erie SeaWolves in the standings and are just five games from being eliminated after the team's latest loss. The SeaWolves and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have both been eliminated. Currently, the Trenton Thunder and the Akron Aeros are looking like near locks for the playoffs. The Phillies and the Bowie Baysocks are in position to also make the playoffs but the New Britain Rock Cats are not far behind in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League. Unless there is a miracle, the Senators are not going to be in the playoffs.
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