Game 56 vs. Altoona: Lineup and Notes
The Senators welcome the Altoona Curve to FNB Field for a three game series to open up a six game homestand. The Senators are coming off a four game sweep to Erie after falling 6-3 in the series finale Sunday. Altoona dropped two of three to Bowie on the prior series, losing the rubber match 7-6 in eleven innings. This is the final time the Curve play in Harrisburg this season, however the Senators travel to Altoona for two more series before the end of the season. The Curve lead the Eastern League Western Division by one and a half games over Bowie, while the Senators sit seven and a half games back.
The Senators enter the Altoona series with a team ERA of 4.58, the highest mark in the Eastern League, however over the past 13 games their team ERA is 3.63. The Senators have two shutouts in that span, and have limited opponents to three runs or fewer in six of the 13 games.
TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS
John Simms takes the ball in the series opener for the Senators. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.00 ERA across 10 starts this season. Simms surrendered four runs in four and a third innings in his last start on May 31 against New Hampshire, marking the first time he’s allowed more than three runs in a start this season. The 25-year-old has thrown a quality start in six of the ten starts he’s pitched this season. Altoona counters with starter Tanner Anderson. The right-hander is 2-6 with a 4.41 ERA over ten games and nine starts this season. Anderson took the loss after allowing four runs in seven innings in his last start on May 31 versus Akron. Anderson is making his first start of his career against the Senators, after splitting time between low-A West Virginia and advanced-A Altoona last season.