Game 63 at Akron: Lineup and Notes
The Senators and RubberDucks play game two of a three game series Wednesday night at Canal Park. Akron took the series opener 3-0 despite Senators starter Jaron Long allowing three runs over a complete game. The RubberDucks are coming off back-to-back series wins over Portland and New Hampshire. The Senators and ‘Ducks play 13 times during the 2017 season, with six games in Akron and seven at FNB Field.
UNDER TWO HOURS
Tuesday’s series opener between the Senators and RubberDucks lasted one hour and 58 minutes, the shortest nine-inning game of the season for the Senators. The game marks just the fourth nine inning Senators game since 2005 to finish in under two hours, and first since 2009 when the Senators beat the Trenton Thunder 1-0 in a one hour and 58 minute game.
Jaron Long worked a new Senators season-high eight innings in the series opener, allowing three runs on four hits while also tossing the second complete game of the season by a Senators starter. Ten Senators have thrown at least seven innings this season and Long has thrown seven of those games.
Taylor Hill starts game two of the series for the Senators. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 5.93 ERA across four starts and five games with the Senators. Hill entered his last game in the second inning because of a rehab appearance by Joe Blanton and earned the win after allowing two runs in five and two third innings. The 28-year-old started the season with triple-A Syracuse and went 1-4 with a 9.29 ERA before being added to the Senators roster on May 15.
The RubberDucks counter with starter Nick Pasquale. The right-hander is 3-5 with a 5.11 ERA over 11 starts this season. Pasquale has spent parts of the last three seasons with Akron, and has pitched as high as triple-A for one game in 2016. The 26-year-old allowed four runs in four innings in his last start on June 8. Pasquale was originally drafted by Cleveland in the 20th round of the 2012 draft from Diablo Valley College.