Jordan Montgomery strikes out nine
The left hander struck out a career best nine in five innings and the Thunder, wearing the special jerseys on Superheroes Night, vanquished the villains from Harrisburg, 5 4, on Friday, taking the first of a three game set at Arm Hammer Park.
Montgomery, a fourth round pick in 2014, has won four straight starts, allowing five runs in his last 22 innings. cheap jerseys He limited the Senators to one run on three hits, throwing 61 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
Long was signed by the Nationals as a minor league free agent after the Yankees let him go following a 2015 in which he went 8 13 with a 4.25 ERA in 26 starts between Trenton and Scranton.
Long lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits.
The light hitting Culver muscled up to a Dakota Bacus pitch, lifting it over the fence in right for his second homer.
Culver went 3 for 3, recording multiple hits in a game for the first time this season, raising his average to .176 (up from .138).
Harrisburg (10 16) crept within 5 4 on Zach Collier home run off Jonathan Holder in the ninth. Holder, the new closer since Mark Montgomery was promoted, came on in the eight to get the final two outs after the Senators cut a 5 1 deficit to 5 3.
He walked Stephen Perez following Collier homer to put the tying run on base, but catcher Sebastian Valle threw out Perez trying to steal second.
The Thunder (15 11) returned from a tough road trip in which they went 2 3 with two postponed games.
To keep with the theme of the night, Thunder players appeared on the video board appeared as Batman, Superman, Wolverine and Hulk among other comic book heroes, while the Senators were depicted as villains such as Two Face and Bane.
And those jerseys?
don think it going to be very becoming to me either, skipper Bobby Mitchell laughed when asked about the uniforms. a first. Definitely a first. We worn pink for a breast cancer awareness. It for a good cause, but it funny looking.
Enns honored to be Player of Month
Dietrich Enns may prefer Batman as his capped crusader, but the left handed pitcher was more like Superman in April.
Enns became just the third Thunder player in the club 23 year history to be named Eastern League Player of the Month when the award was announced on Thursday.
Enns went 3 0 in four starts, setting a Thunder record with 23 consecutive scoreless innings.
humbled and very happy to get it, Enns said prior to Friday series opener against Harrisburg. a team thing, too. We played well and had some good defense behind me and the catchers were great behind the plate.
not going to be at your best at all times, Enns said. was a matter of some poor execution and paid for it by falling behind, walking guys and giving up hits. Hopefully, you can start another streak here.
He 3 1 with a 1.26 ERA and WHIP of 1.22. Opponents are batting just .177 against him and he fanned 29 against 18 walks.
a pitcher, if you can get ahead of guys and get quick outs, you going to be more successful, Enns said. when you fall behind, you in bad counts and you trying to make a good pitch and miss here and there, and you going to put more guys on base.