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Game 77 vs. Reading: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/28/2017

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The Senators and Reading Fightin Phils play game four of the five game series Wednesday afternoon at FNB Field. The Senators took game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader 4-3 before falling 4-1 in game two. Reading has won four of the first five meetings between the two clubs so far this season. The two teams play a total of 14 times in 2017, with seven games at each ballpark.

DON’T SCORE FIRST

The team that has scored first has lost each of the first three games of the series. The Senators are 24-13 when scoring first while Reading is 29-11, the third highest winning percentages in those situations in the Eastern League.

SELF-RELIANT

Derek Self tossed three innings of hitless baseball in a spot start during game two of the doubleheader Tuesday, extending his scoreless inning streak to eight and a third innings dating back to June 9 against Binghamton. Opponents are just two for 27 with two walks against Self over that stretch.

STARTING PITCHERS

John Simms gets the call for the Senators in game four of the series. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.44 ERA across 14 starts this season. Simms is the lone starter remaining from the Senators’ opening day starting rotation. The 25-year-old has limited opponents to three runs or less in 12 of his 14 starts this season. Over his previous two starts combined, Simms has allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out 16 over 14.1 innings.

The Fightins counter with starter Cole Irvin, who is making his Double-A debut. The right-hander went 4-6 with a 2.55 ERA across 11 starts with Single-A Clearwater prior to his promotion. This is just Irvin’s second Minor League season after he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 draft from the University of Oregon.

Games 75 & 76 vs. Reading: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/27/2017

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The Senators and Reading Fightin Phils play a doubleheader Tuesday night in games two and three of a five game series. Game two is a make-up for the April 27 game between the two teams that was postponed due to weather. Reading took the series opener 5-3, highlighted by Mitch Walding’s go-ahead two run home run in the seventh inning. The Senators are 2-6 in doubleheaders this season, while the Fightins are 4-2 in twin bills. Reading captured both games between them and the Senators earlier this season on April 24 and 26. The two clubs play a total of 14 times in 2017, with seven games at each ballpark.

RAUDY BATTING CLEAN UP

Raudy Read is six for his last 14 at the plate with two home runs and eight RBI and he has recorded a hit in 16 of his previous 19 games overall. The 23-year-old has hit cleanup each of his past two games and he is 11 for 24 with two home runs and 11 RBI in six games in that spot the order this season.

STARTING PITCHERS

Wirkin Estevez starts game one of the twin bill for the Senators. The right-hander won each of his first two starts as a Senator, including limiting New Hampshire to just one run on three hits in his last start on June 21. Derek Self makes a spot start in game two. The right-hander starts his second game of his career, after starting his first game on June 3 against Erie as part of a doubleheader where he allowed three runs in three innings.

The Fightins counter with starter Drew Anderson in game one. The right-hander is making his first start against the Senators this season and is the 21st ranked prospect in the Phillies organization by MLB.com. John Richy gets the call in game two. The former 3rd round pick of the Dodgers has started four games this season in seven total appearances with Reading. Richy was added to the roster prior to the series opener after a brief stint in Triple-A.

Game 74 vs. Reading: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/26/2017

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The Senators return home to play the Reading Fightin Phils for a five game series beginning Monday night. The Senators have won three consecutive series after finishing their road trip 4-2 against both New Hampshire and Portland. The Fightins arrives Harrisburg following a 4-2 homestand that included a three game series win against first place Trenton. Reading captured both games between them and the Senators earlier this season on April 24 and 26, with the scheduled second game of the series postponed due to rain. The two clubs play a total of 14 times in 2017, with seven games at each ballpark.

OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT

The Senators offense is tied for fourth in the Eastern League in runs scored (319) and is averaging 4.36 runs per game. The offensive numbers have spiked over the past 16 games, where the Senators have scored 84 runs and are averaging 5.25 runs each ballgame. The Senators offense scored double digit runs just three times the first 62 games of the season, while the Senators have reached that mark three times over the past 11 contests.

STARTING PITCHERS

Matthew Crownover starts the homestand opener for the Senators. The left-hander is 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA across four starts with the Senators since being promoted from Potomac. Crownover surrendered six runs in six innings in his previous start on June 20 against New Hampshire. The 24-year-old limited the opposition to three runs in each of his first three starts before facing the Fisher Cats.

The Fightins counter with starter Ranfi Casimiro. The right-hander is making just his second appearance and first start with Reading after being added to the roster from Advanced-A Clearwater on June 22. Casimiro pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen in his lone other appearance for Reading on June 22.

Game 73 at New Hampshire: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/25/2017

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The Senators and Portland Sea Dogs play the rubber match of the three game series Sunday afternoon. The Senators evened the series with their come-from-behind 6-5 victory in game two, propelled by Raudy Read’s go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning. The Senators look to win their third consecutive series and secure a winning road trip. The two teams play seven games total this season, three in Portland and four at FNB field.

SATURDAY NIGHT HEROICS

Raudy Read’s go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game led the Senators to their third win this season when trailing after eight innings, the most in the Eastern League. Read became just the fourth Senators player to record four or more RBI in a game and the four RBI tied a career-high, marking the first time he’s accomplished the feat since August 10, 2014 when he played for Auburn.

STARTING PITCHERS

Taylor Hill gets the call in the rubber match for the Senators. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in six games and five starts with the Senators this season. Hill made a spot start with Triple-A Syracuse in his last outing, allowing six runs in four and two thirds innings against Scranton Wilkes-Barre on June 20. The 28-year-old last pitched for the Senators on June 14 against Akron and surrendered seven runs across five and two-thirds frames.

The Sea Dogs counter with starter Elih Villanueva. The right-hander is making his fourth start of the season after being signed by Boston as a minor league free agent on June 4. Villanueva is 1-02 with a 10.67 ERA, and has allowed 18 runs in 14.1 innings. The 30-year-old is in his ninth minor league season and has one Major League appearance with the Marlins in 2011.

 

Game 72 at New Hampshire: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/24/2017

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The Senators continue their road trip with a three game series against the Portland Sea Dogs. The Senators have now played every team in the Eastern League at least once this season. The Senators look to even the series after Portland took the series opener 9-2. The two teams play seven games total this season, three in Portland and four at FNB field. The Senators come into the series having won each of their last two series.

NEFTALI TO TRIPLE-A

Infielder Neftali Soto was added to triple-A Syracuse prior to Friday night’s game. Soto was on a 12 game hitting streak prior to being promoted, his third hitting streak this year of 11 games or more, including his Eastern League high 16-game streak from May 10 to May 29. The 28-year-old reached safely on either a hit or a walk in 63 of the 67 games he played this season and leads the team with 23 multi-hit games. Soto is second in the Eastern League in batting average (.329) and fourth in hits (83).

KELLER IN JUNE

Alec Keller has 23 hits in the month of June which leads all current Senators players. The 25-year-old is also second on the club with a .324 batting average during the month.

STARTING PITCHERS

Derek Eitel makes the game two start for the Senators. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.26 ERA across seven games and five starts. Eitel began his career with the Senators in the starting rotation before moving to the bullpen earlier this month and he has not allowed a run in two appearances and five and a third innings of relief. The 29-year-old last started a game on June 9 against Binghamton, and he surrendered five runs across three and a third innings.

The Sea Dogs counter with starter Teddy Stankiewicz. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA across 12 starts this season. Stankiewicz allowed four runs in two and two-thirds innings in his last start on June 19 against Erie. The 23-year-old is in his second season with Portland after spending all of 2016 with the Sea Dogs. Stankiewicz is the 24th rated prospect in the Red Sox organization according to MLB.com.

Game 71 at New Hampshire: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/23/2017

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The Senators continue their road trip with a three game series against the Portland Sea Dogs. After the series, the Senators will have played every team in the Eastern League at least once this season. The Senators are coming off a series win over New Hampshire, following their 10-1 win in the rubber match Thursday night. The Sea Dogs also won two out of three in their prior series against Erie. The two teams play seven games total this season, three in Portland and four at FNB field.

TERRIFIC TEN

The 10 runs scored by the Senators in the series finale against New Hampshire was the most scored by the club in exactly one month when they scored 14 runs against versus Erie on May 22. Eight of the nine Senators batters recorded at least a hit and the club recorded five doubles, one shy of their season high in a game.

 

STARTING PITCHERS

The Senators send Kyle McGowin to the mound in the series opener at Portland. The right-hander took the loss in his first start for the Senators on June 18 against Richmond, allowing five runs in five innings. McGowin spent the first portion of the season with Triple-A Syracuse where he went 1-6 with a 6.31 ERA in nine starts. The 25-year-old was acquired from the Angels on December 10, 2016 in exchange for Danny Espinosa.

Kevin McAvoy takes the bump for the Sea Dogs opposite McGowin. The right-hander is 1-5 with a 5.95 ERA across 11 starts this season. McAvoy took the loss in his most recent start against Akron on June 17 after surrendering six runs in four innings. The 23-year-old is in his second season with the Sea Dogs as he spent all of the 2016 campaign with Portland. McAvoy was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft from Bryant University.

Game 70 at New Hampshire: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/22/2017

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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.

BULLPEN BOASTING

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.

KELLER CONTINUES

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,.

STARTING PITCHERS

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.

 

Game 69 at New Hampshire: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/21/2017

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The Senators travel to the northeast for a six game road trip beginning with a three game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. New Hampshire captured game one of the series by scoring six of their runs in the first three inning en route to the 6-3 victory. 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.

KELLER FOR THREE

Alec Keller went 3-4 in the series opener against New Hampshire, his third three-hit night over his past six games. Since June 3, the 25-year-old is hitting .345 with five three-hit games,.

NEFTALI STREAKING AGAIN

Neftali Soto finished 2-5 Tuesday night to extend his hitting streak to ten games, the longest such streak on the Senators team. The streak is Soto’s third hitting streak this year of 10 games or more, including his Eastern League high 16-game streak from May 10 to May 29. Soto has now reached safely on either a hit or a walk in 61 of the 65 games he’s played this season and leads the team with 22 multi-hit games this season.

STARTING PITCHERS

Wirken Estevez starts game two of the series of the Senators. The right-hander is making his second start of the season for the Senators after earning the win his double-A debut against Richmond on June 16. Estevez spent the first part of the season with high-A Potomac, going 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA across 11 starts. The 25-year-old was originally signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent on May 14, 2010.

The Fisher Cats counter with starter Francisco Rios. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.80 ERA over nine starts this season. Rios allowed two runs in three innings in his last start on June 15 against Richmond. The 22-year-old is making just his third start since spending over three weeks on the disabled list from May 13 to June 8. Rios threw three innings in both of his starts since being activated. The Mexico native is the 18th rated prospect in the Blue Jays organization according to MLB.com.

Game 68 at New Hampshire: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/20/2017

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The Senators travel to the northeast for a six game road trip beginning with a three game series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The Senators took two out of three from Richmond on the prior series, their first series win in just under a month. New Hampshire dropped the final two games of a three game series to Bowie before coming back home. 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.

EASTERN EXPANSION

Beginning Tuesday night, the Senators enter a stretch where their next 15 games are against Eastern League Eastern Division teams. 10 of the 15 games are on the road, and the Senators will play their twelfth Eastern League team when they play a three game series with Portland June 23 to June 25.

STARTING PITCHERS

Matthew Crownover takes the bump in game two of the series. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 5.65 ERA over three starts with the Senators this season. Crownover has allowed exactly three runs in each of his first three starts with the club. The 24-year-old spent the first part of the season with high-A Potomac where he had a 2.82 ERA across 13 games and nine starts before being promoted to the Senators.

The Fisher Cats counter with starter Connor Greene. The right-hander is 3-5 with a 3.47 ERA across 12 starts this season. Greene earned the win in his last start against the Senators on May 31 in game one of a doubleheader, falling one out shy of a seven inning complete game with three runs allowed through six and two-thirds innings.

Game 66 vs. Richmond: Lineup and Notes

GAME NOTES 06/17/2017

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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.

ROSTER UPDATE

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.

STARTING PITCHERS

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.