Justin Echols allowed just two hits and one run in six innings of work for AA Harrisburg as the Senators defeated Norwich 6-3, snapping a four-game losing skid.
There were a couple of hitting stars for Harrisburg. Jesus Feliciano, the former Oaxaca Warrior (Mexican League), went four for five with two doubles and an RBI, raising his batting average to .303. Right fielder Christian Guerrero smacked a three-run homer in the fourth inning to put his team ahead to stay.
On Wednesday night, Melvin Dorta went four for four, including his ninth home run in Senators 6-4 loss to Norwich. That boosted the shortstop's batting average to .276 on the season.
Darrell Rasner started that game and appeared to have settled down after allowing two first-inning runs. He left after three innings of work, however, with a blister on one of his pitching fingers. Billy Sylvester relived him but he could not hold a 4-2 lead as he dished up three sixth-inning homers to the Navigators.
By the way, the Senators are for sale, but there's a hitch; the team will probably have to move. The city of Harrisburg wants to move up a notch on the minor league food chain and get the Baltimore Orioles' AAA team to relocate there. So, if you have around $9.4 million and an unused stadium, you might want to give the Senators a call.
The A Potomac Nationals wasted a good pitching performance on Thursday by Greg Bunn, who was making his first start after coming from A Savannah. The 22 year-old right hander gave up a single and a home run to the first two batters he faced but he settled down and didn't allow another run through six and two thirds. The P-Nats could muster just an eighth-inning run on a Henry Mateo home run and lost 2-1.
After starting his pro career by going 0 for 4, Ryan Zimmerman has gone on a tear the last two games for the A Savannah Sand Gnats. In his three games, he's now batting .417 with an OPS of 1.33. He has a double, a triple and a home run. It's not likely that he'll be feasting on Sally League pitching for much longer.
His teammate on the left side of the infield, Ian Desmond, isn't likely to be going anywhere soon. He went one for four on Thursday to raise his batting average to .237. The 19 year-old has struck out 55 times and has walked just 16.
Rick Short and Tyrell Godwin of New Orleans were named to the AAA All-Star team. Godwin is hitting .326 with four home runs and 20 RBI this season. He also leads the Zephyrs in stolen bases with 15. Godwin's batting average currently ranks him ninth overall in the Pacific Coast League. Godwin makes the All-Star roster in only his first season at the AAA level.
Short is ranked second overall in the PCL in batting average, hitting .377 for the Zephyrs along with six home runs and 39 RBI.
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