Game 65 vs. Richmond: Lineup and Notes
The Senators welcome the Richmond Flying Squirrels to FNB field for a short three game homestand. The Senators fell in the rubber match to Akron Thursday night, unable to hold on to a one run lead in the eighth inning. Richmond has lost four consecutive games after they were swept in a three game series against New Hampshire. The Senators are 4-3 against the Flying Squirrels this season. The Senators have not won a home series since they took two out of three from Bowie April 21 to April 23.
Since he started his Senators career 0 for 10, Corban Joseph is 13 for 31 (.419) with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI. The 29-year-old has recorded a hit in seven of his past eight games and multiple hits in four of the eight games.
Wirkin Estevez starts the series opener for the Senators. The right-hander is making his Senators debut after he was promoted to the roster on June 15. Estevez was 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA in eleven starts with single-A Potomac before being added to the Senators. Estevez spent all of 2016 with Potomac after having missed all of 2015 with injury. The 25-year-old was originally signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on May 14, 2010.
The Flying Squirrels send Jordan Johnson to the bump opposite Estevez. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 2.76 ERA, the seventh lowest mark in the Eastern League, across eleven starts this season. The 23-year-old took a no decision in his lone start against the Senators this season, allowing three runs in five innings as the Squirrels would go on to win 8-4. Johnson is the ninth ranked prospect in the Giants organization per MLB.com.