Game 62 at Akron: Lineup and Notes
The Senators travel to Akron, Ohio to take on the RubberDucks for a three game series beginning Tuesday night. The Senators fell in the rubber match of a three game set with Binghamton on Sunday afternoon, losing 4-3 in eleven innings. The RubberDucks are coming off back-to-back series wins over Portland and New Hampshire. The Senators and ‘Ducks play 13 times during the 2016 season, with six games in Akron and seven at FNB Field.
Corban Joseph finished 2-6 on Sunday, making him 10-22 (.456) on the six game homestand with a home run and five RBI. The 28-year-old was added to the roster on May 30 from Syracuse.
THEN THERE WAS ONE
The Senators play Akron for the first time this season Tuesday night, meaning they will have played 11 of the 12 teams in the Eastern League. The Senators play their final new Eastern League opponent when they play Portland for a three game series June 23-June 25.
Jaron Long starts the series opener for the Senators. The right-hander is 5-5 with the seventh lowest ERA in the Eastern League at 2.66 across 12 starts this season. Long took the loss after allowing five runs in six and a third innings on June 7 against Altoona in his previous start. The 25-year-old has limited the opposition to two earned runs or less in nine of his 12 starts this season. Long made one start against Akron in 2016 and allowed five runs in four and two thirds innings.
The RubberDucks counter with starter Matt Esparza. The right-hander is 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 11 starts this season. Esparza started the first nine games of the season with high-A Lynchburg before being promoted to Akron on May 30. The 22-year-old has made two starts with the ‘Ducks and has allowed five runs in fourteen innings. Esparza was drafted in the 14th round of the 2015 draft from UC Irvine.