Game 57 vs. Altoona: Lineup and Notes
The Senators and Altoona Curve play game two of a three game series Wednesday night. The Curve used three home runs to take the series opener 4-3 and drop the Senators to their fifth straight loss. 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 two games over Bowie, while the Senators sit eight and a half games back.
RAUDY HEATING UP
After going 1-4 on Tuesday, Raudy Read has now recorded a hit in ten of his past 12 games and 17 of his past 21 games overall. The 22-year-old is hitting .375 (9 for 24) over his past ten games, the highest mark on the Senators during that stretch.
After working two shutout innings in Tuesday’s series opener, Ryan Brinley has allowed just two runs over his past 13.1 innings pitched which spans his last nine starts. The right-hander has struck out 17 over that period and he’s lowered his ERA from 3.86 to 2.63, the lowest mark among Senators relievers and second lowest mark among all Senators pitchers.
TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS
The Senators send Jaron Long to the bump in game two of the series. The right-hander is 5-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 11 starts this season, the third lowest ERA among all qualified pitchers in the Eastern League. Long tossed seven shutout innings against New Hampshire in his last start on June 1, capping a stretch where he’s limited the opposition to two runs over his past 20 innings which includes his last three starts. The 25-year-old has allowed one earned run or less in seven of eleven starts and has allowed more than three runs in a start just once this season. Altoona counters with starter JT Brubaker. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.53 ERA in nine games and seven starts this season. Brubaker allowed five runs on seven hits across four innings in his last start on June 1 versus Akron. The 23-year-old made his first start of the season against the Senators on April 9 and took the loss after allowing four runs in five and a third innings. This is Brubaker’s first season with the Curve after he split time between low-A West Virginia and high-A Bradenton last season. Brubaker was selected by the Pirates in the sixth round of the 2015 draft out of Akron.