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Jun 30

Bryce at Bowie and other things

Mr. Harper made what is assumed to be his final rehab appearance at Bowie on a fine Saturday night. The box score gives him a walk and two strikeouts, both of the backward K variety and a fly out. He batted second for the Senators.

In his first at bat, Harper seemed to doubt the umpire’s judgment but walked back to the dugout. In the fourth, Harper had a great at bat against rehabbing Wei-Yin-Chen, finally drawing a walk and would later score. This a precursor to a four run rally. Chin seemed to lose some velocity and became hittable in this session, the Harrisburg Club scoring thanks to doubles by Jimmy Van Ostrand and Jason Martinson.

Harper hit a high pop fly in the fifth that was caught by Niuman Romero in the fifth. Harper came to bat his final time in the top of the 8th, this time against Oliver Drake. Drake proceeded to got Bryce Harper called out on strikes. Brian Goodwin, batting before Harper was also called out on strikes.

Umpire Jeff Morrow worked the plate. Since he was the umpire his strike zone judgment carried the day. Morrow is the junior member of Crew 6 and best known to Eastern League fans for his incident with Curve’s pitching Coach Jeff Johnson. Morrow tossed Johnson for arguing pitches. Johnson then covered the plate with dirt, a first for Johnson. Johnson would later be quoted that the only thing he regretted was the fine.

Chin ended the night with five innings of work, the fifth being more impressive than the fourth. He walked two and struck out five. But as noted several of these were on called third strikes.

Blake Treinen started for Harrisburg. He went six innings, eight hits, four runs, all earned. He walked three and struck out two. Bowie scored three runs off Treinen in the fifth. Josh Horton led off with a single to left field. Horton moved up on a walk to Kyle Hudson. Ty Kelly hit a ground ball to Jason Martinson forcing Hudson. Next, Niuman Romero hit another ground ball but this had eyes and bounced into right field allowing Horton to cross the plate. The oft-injured Nolan Reimold, also on rehab, walked. Caleb Joseph who will homer in the seventh and win the game, hits a sac fly to Jerad Head to plate the second run of the inning and Seth Loman brings in the third run with a single. Treinen has a power arm and still registered 95+ in the sixth. He seems uniquely qualified for set-up work since he appears to be a ground ball machine and pitches better in the stretch.

Chris Petrini gets the win and Oliver Drake the save for Bowie. Mark Grace takes the loss. Ryan Perry pitched the eighth allowing no runs, walking one and striking out two. An announced crowd of 8,010.

A note to those who sit on the sunny side of the lower box, second sacker, Josh Horton, uncorked an incredibly wild throw during infield practice at the start of the fifth that sailed right into the Bay Sox dugout, we never seen that before.

Did you know? In 1888 the management of the Washington Senators had a canvas covering stretched across high poles down from the club house in order to cuts off the view of the grounds from the houses on Massachusetts Avenue. The owners were renting seats on the roof. When some fears were expressed fear it might interfere with the home runs of the Washington’s a number of holes have been left for the ball to go through.