Game 88 vs. Erie: Lineup and Notes
The Senators play their final game before the three day All-Star break as they finish the three game series against Erie. The Senators look to salvage a game in the series after scoring just one run through the first two games. The Senators fell to 3-9 against the SeaWolves this season with their 2-0 game two loss, and they have lost six in a row to the club after they were swept in a four game series the last time the two clubs played in the beginning of June.
Since June 1, Alec Keller is hitting .323, the eighth highest mark in the Eastern League over that period. The former Ivy League player of the year has raised his batting average from .240 on June 3 to .276 entering play on Sunday, the second highest mark on the team among players that have played at least 50 games.
The Senators send starter Kyle McGowin to the mound in the final game before the All-Star break. The right-hander has lost his first four starts in his Senators four, having allowed nine home runs over those outings. This is the 24-year-old’s first season in the Nationals organization after he was acquired from the Angels along with Austin Adams in exchange for Danny Espinosa.
The SeaWolves counter with starter Matt Crouse. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 4.75 ERA across ten starts for Erie. This is Crouse’s second start since he rejoined the club from Triple-A Toledo on July 2. The 27-year-old has spent parts of the last five seasons with Erie and was originally drafted by the Tigers in the 24th round of the 2011 draft.