Game 70 at New Hampshire: Lineup and Notes
The Senators and Fisher Cats play the rubber match of the three game series Thursday night at FNB Field. The Senators evened the series with their 2-1 game two victory, back of six strong innings from starter Wirkin Estevez. The Senators look to win their second series in a row after capturing their last set against Richmond. The Fisher Cats took two out of three, including sweeping a doubleheader against the Senators on the only other series of the season between the two from May 31 to June 1.
The Senators bullpen has not allowed an earned run over its last 13.1 innings pitched dating back to the ninth inning of the June 16 game against Richmond. Reliever Phillips Valdez has not allowed a run over his past eight appearances, limiting opponents to just five hits and four walks while striking out six.
Alec Keller went 2-4 in game two against New Hampshire, his fourth multi-hit night over his past seven games. Since June 3, the 25-year-old is hitting .355 with five three-hit games,.
John Simms starts game three of the series for the Senators. The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.68 ERA over 13 starts this season. Simms is the only pitcher remaining from the original starting rotation that started the season. Simms took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his last start against Richmond on June 17, and became the second Senators starting pitcher this year to throw a one-hitter through at least five innings pitched.
The Fisher Cats counter with starter Shane Dawson. The left-hander is 1-6 with a 5.43 ERA over 12 games and 11 starts. Dawson allowed four runs in five innings in his last start on June 16 at Bowie. The 23-year-old took the loss in his previous start against the Senators on June 1, despite allowing just one run and two hits across five innings. Dawson was originally drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 draft out of Lethridge College in Alberta, Canada.