Game 66 vs. Richmond: Lineup and Notes
The Senators try for the series win against the Richmond Flying Squirrels in game two of the series Saturday night. The Senators won the series opener 9-6, highlighted by three Senators home runs. Richmond has lost five consecutive games after they were swept in three games on the prior series against New Hampshire. The Senators have not won a home series since they took two out of three from Bowie April 21 to April 23.
The Senators made numerous changes to the roster over the past two days. First, starter Wirkin Estevez was added to the roster on Thursday. The right-hander earned the win in his first Senators start on Friday. Starting pitcher Jaron Long was promoted to triple-A Syracuse and Kyle McGowin was added to the Senators roster from Syracuse. McGowin is scheduled to start the series finale on Sunday. Finally, Braulio Lara was placed on the 7-day disabled list and Senators signed outfielder Darian Sandford from the Lancaster Barnstormers.
John Simms gets the call in game two of the series for the Senators. The right-hander is the lone remaining starting pitcher from the Senators opening day rotation. Simms is 2-4 with a 4.05 ERA across 12 starts this season. The 25-year-old has held the opposition to three runs or less in ten of his 12 starts this year.
The Squirrels counter with starter Dan Slania, who was just added to the roster on June 13. The right-hander made one start with Richmond to start the year before starting 12 games with triple-A Sacramento. Between the two levels, Slania is 1-8 with a 7.25 ERA over 13 starts. The 25-year-old is in his third season with Richmond after spending parts of both 2014 and 2016 with the club.