Game 29 vs. Erie: Lineup and Notes
The Senators and Erie SeaWolves meet for the first time this season with a three game series at FNB Field beginning Monday night. The Senators and SeaWolves play 12 games this season with half of them played in Harrisburg. The Senators took eight of the 13 games they played against Erie last season. The SeaWolves are 12-13 this season and four games back of first place Altoona in the Eastern League Western Division.
SOTO IN LEFT FIELD
During the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon’s contest, Neftali Soto moved to left field from first base and Mario Lisson moved to first base from left field. Prior to Sunday’s game, Soto had played just one game in the outfield and no games in left field in his 994 game minor league career. The Manati, Puerto Rico native leads the team with a .300 average and .354 on-base percentage, and is second on the club with .450 slugging percentage.
TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS
The Senators send Mark Blackmar to the bump in the series opener Monday night. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 5.87 ERA in six games and four starts. Blackmar suffered the loss in his last start, surrendering six runs in four innings at Trenton on May 3. The former 16th round pick of the Orioles is in his second season with the Senators after he was signed by the Nationals as a free agent on July 6, 2016. Erie counters with starter Tyler Alexander. The left-hander is 1-3 with a 4.39 ERA in five starts on the season. Alexander started one game against the Senators in 2016 and earned the win after working seven innings of one run ball. The Chicago native took the loss in his last start, allowing four runs in seven innings at Bowie on May 1. Alexander was originally drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft out of TCU and is the fourth ranked prospect in the Detroit organization according to Baseball America.