Game 97 vs. Richmond: Lineups and Notes
- Pitching Matchup: Harrisburg: RHP Phillips Valdez (2-2, 7.04) vs. Richmond: RHP Kyle Crick (2-7, 5.64)
- Phillips Valdez has failed to record an out in the fifth inning in each of his last three starts as keeping his pitch count down has been an issue. He did, however, work around six walks to allow just one run in 3.2 innings his last time out. Valdez threw 90 pitches before being lifted for Robert Benincasa, who stranded all three of Valdez’s runners at Altoona.
- Similar to Valdez is Kyle Crick, who has fallen from being a top prospect in the Giants organization due to command issues. Crick had a rough June, starting with four runs allowed in 2.1 innings to Harrisburg on June 3 and culminating with a 12.06 ERA for the month. He has bounced back, though, allowing just two earned runs in his two starts in July (11.1 innings).
- The Senators finished their post-All-Star Break eight-game road trip with a defeat, falling 8-2 at Erie on Wednesday afternoon. Despite picking up the loss, Harrisburg starter Michael Brady finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings.
- Despite the loss by Harrisburg, the Senators moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern League Western Division as Altoona was swept in a doubleheader by Hartford on Wednesday. Altoona, Harrisburg and Akron are currently in a three-way tie for first.
- With an RBI single in Wednesday’s game, Andrew Stevenson extended his hitting streak to eight games. Stevenson, who was hitting .183 in his first 13 games with the Senators, has gone 10-for-29 (.345) during the hitting streak.
- Former Senators relief pitcher Koda Glover made his MLB debut last night, recording the final three outs of the Nationals’ 8-1 win over the Dodgers on just four pitches. You can watch all three outs here.
- Glover joins Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez as pitchers that have thrown for both the Senators and the Nationals this season.