Harrisburg, PA– Robbie Ray and Tyler Herron each turned in fantastic starting pitching performances to lead the Harrisburg Senators to a doubleheader sweep of the Bowie Baysox, 4-2 and 5-4.
Ray made his Double-A debut in game one and scattered seven hits over five innings, allowing just one run to earn the win. The left-hander walked two and struck out eight.
The game was scoreless until the fourth, when the Senators exploded for all four of their runs. The first came in on a balk by Bowie starter Eddie Gamboa. Jimmy Van Ostrand delivered an RBI single and Jose Lozada drove in a pair with a single of his own. Lozada had two of the three Senators hits in the game.
Bowie threatened in the seventh inning, but Aaron Barrett came on with the tying run at the plate to record the final out and pick up his 16th save.
In game two, Herron tossed five-and-two-thirds innings, allowed just three hits, and struck out eight in his spot-start. After allowing a one-out single in the first, he retired the next 13 in a row.
The Senators jumped on Bowie starter Devin Jones with a four-run first inning. Justin Bloxom came through with an RBI single before Jerad Head belted a three-run homer, his 10th of the season. Harrisburg added an unearned run in the second, after Jeff Howell led off with a double and later came around to score.
Bowie made things interesting with four runs in the sixth, but Neil Holland came on and retired Josh Horton on a fly ball to center field, as the Baysox left the bases loaded. Holland remained on for the seventh and closed out the game to earn his first save of the season.