Game 142 vs. Hartford: Lineups and Notes
- Pitching Matchups:
- J.D. Martin starts for the Senators today. The 33-year-old was signed by the Nationals to a minor league contract on 6/9/2016. He was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians as a compensation pick at the end of the first round in 2001. He made his major league debut on 7/20/2009 with the Washington Nationals. He pitched in 24 games, all starts, in 2009 and 2010 with the Nationals. He began this season with Lancaster in the Atlantic League where he went 1-2 with a 9.76 ERA.
- Sam Howard is on the hill for the Yard Goats today. The 23-year-old was selected by the Rockies in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Georgia Southern. The #21 ranked prospect in the Rockies organization according to mlb.com is 9-9 this year with a 3.47 ERA between Modesto and Hartford. He was a Mid-Season All-Star for the California League. Howard was promoted to Hartford on June 9. He’s made four quality starts for Hartford including his last two outings. His last time out he tossed six shutout innings against Trenton. He was originally selected in the 48thround of the 2011 draft by the Cubs out of high school but didn’t sign.
- The Senators came out strong in another must-win game to top the Yard Goats 6-3.
- With Akron’s win last night, they have clinched a spot in the 2016 playoffs. If Altoona wins today, they clinch the wild card spot. If Altoona wins, and Akron loses, then Altoona wins the division. If Altoona loses, then Akron clinches the division. As for the Senators, Altoona must lose their game (12:05pm at Richmond) and the Senators must win today for the Senators to qualify forthe playoffs. If that scenario happens, the Senators would finish second and host games one and two of the Western Division playoffs Wednesday and Thursday.