Game 46 vs. Richmond: Lineup and Notes
The Senators and Flying Squirrels meet for game two of the four game series Saturday night. The Senators took the series opener 5-2, after Neftali Soto broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run home run in the eighth inning. The Senators have now won five of their last seven games, while the Squirrels have lost seven straight. The Senators took two of three against the Squirrels in their only prior matchup, which came on the previous road trip.
Neftali Soto finished 2-4, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest streak of the Senators season. The Manati, Puerto Rico native has recorded at least a hit in 18 of his past 19 games and 35 of the 40 games he’s played. The streak is tied for the second longest hitting streak in the Eastern League this season.
TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS
Jaron Long starts game two for the Senators. The right-hander is 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA this season, the fourth lowest mark in the Eastern League. Long’s last start came against Richmond, and he limited the Squirrels to just one run over his seven innings en route to the Senators 8-1 victory. The 25-year-old has not allowed more than one earned run in five of his nine starts, and has allowed more than two earned runs just twice this season. Long is opposed by Squirrels starter Jordan Johnson. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 3.10 ERA across six starts and eight appearances overall. Johnson started opposite Long in his last start, and surrendered six runs in six and a third innings. The Elk Grove, California native has lasted at least six innings in each of his previous six starts. Johnson is in his first season with Richmond after spending the entire 2016 year with Single-A San Jose. The 23-year old was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2014 draft out of Cal St. Northridge.