Game 85 vs. Akron: Lineup and Notes
The Senators and RubberDucks play the rubber match of the three game series Thursday night at FNB Field. This is the first of two trips Akron makes to FNB Field this season, with the second coming on the final home series of the year. The Senators evened the series and snapped a four game losing skid with a 7-3 victory in game two. The RubberDucks leads the Eastern League Western Division by a half game over Bowie, while the Senators are in fifth place at nine games back. The RubberDucks took two out of three from the Senators in the first series of the season between the two clubs June 13-15.
Darian Sandford stole his ninth and tenth bases of the season in game two of the series, tying him for the 12th most in the Eastern League despite having played just 20 games. The ten steals in 20 games are the highest percentage of steals per game for a player that has played at least 20 games in the league.
Derek Eitel starts the rubber match for the Senators. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA in ten games and six starts this season. Eitel last appeared on June 30 in a relief appearance against Binghamton and allowed two runs on two hits over three and a third innings. The 29-year-old was added to the Senators roster on May 16 from extended spring training.
The RubberDucks counter with starter Luis Lugo. The left-hander 4-5 with a 5.54 ERA across 14 starts and 15 games. Lugo has spent the entire season with the Ducks after having spent all of each of the last two season with Advanced-A Lynchburg. The 23-year-old tossed six innings of three run ball in his last start against the Senators on June 15.