Game 59 vs. Binghamton: Lineup and Notes
The Senators welcome the Binghamton Rumble Ponies to FNB Field for a three game series beginning Friday night. The Senators broke a season-high six game losing streak with their 6-2 win in the series finale against Altoona. This is the first of four series between the Senators and Rumble Ponies this season, three of which will be played at FNB Field. The Senators won five of the nine matchups between the two clubs last season. Binghamton enters play three games back of first place Trenton in the Eastern League Eastern Division, while the Senators are tied for fifth and eight and a half games back of first place Altoona in the Western Division.
THE FINAL THREE
Binghamton is one of just three teams in the Eastern League the Senators have not played in the 2017 season. The Senators play Akron for the first time in their next series, and play their final new Eastern League team when they travel to Portland for a three game series June 23-June 24.
60th MAJOR LEAGUE REHAB
Joe Blanton became the 60th player in Senators franchise history to appear on a Major League rehab with the club. Blanton, who threw struck out two in a perfect first inning on Thursday, is the third player to rehab with the Senators this season, joining Koda Glover and Chris Heisey. The Senators had just two Major League rehabs last season from both Matt Belisle and Jonathan Papelbon.
TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS
Derek Eitel starts the series opener against Binghamton. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA in four starts this season. Eitel tossed the Senators first complete game of the season in his last start on June 3 against Erie, allowing one run in six innings in game one of a doubleheader. Eitel has allowed just two earned runs in his last 17 innings which covers his previous three starts. Entering this season, the 29-year-old made just one start since 2013. Eitel was added to the Senators roster on May 16 from Extended Spring Training after being signed by the Nationals as a Minor League free agent on November 20, 2016.
Binghamton counters with starter Mickey Jannis. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.74 ERA across eight starts this season. Jannis limited Portland to two runs in six innings in his last start on June 2. The 29-year-old has spent parts of the last three seasons with Binghamton, including going 3-11 in 22 starts for the club in 2016. Jannis was drafted in the 44th round of the 2010 draft by Tampa Bay and was signed by the Mets as a Minor League free agent on July 2, 2015.