Harrisburg Senators Game Notes at Richmond - Game #39
The Senators continue the road trip with a four-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels beginning Thursday night at the Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
TONIGHT'S GAME The Senators continue the road trip with a four-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels beginning Thursday night at the Diamond. The Senators took two of three from Bowie in their previous series after winning 5-2 in the rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. Earlier on Wednesday, the Senators lost Tuesday night's suspended game 5-4 on a walk-off home run by Corban Joseph. Thursday's game is the first of 19 games between the Senators and Flying Squirrels this season, 11 of which will be played at Richmond.
DRAWN TO DREW After being activated from the disabled list on April 23, Drew Ward hit .065 (3-46) over his first 14 games. Over his past eight games, the 23-year-old is batting .385 (10-26) with a .515 on- base-percentage and 1.054 OPS.
BYE BYE DH Thursday ends a stretch of 14 consecutive games the Senators play against American League opponents. Beginning Thursday, 23 of the next 29 games overall and 13 consecutive road games will be against National League teams. The Senators are 10-14 against the AL and 6-8 against the NL
AND THEN THERE WERE TWO After the Senators play Richmond, Portland and Akron will be the only two teams in the Eastern League the Senators have not faced this season. The Senators host Portland for three games June 1-3 and travel to Akron June 22-24.
HOW HOT IS THAT IN KELVIN? With a pair of hits in Monday's game, Kelvin Gutierrez expanded his Senators season-high hitting streak to 14 games. The streak is the third longest in the Eastern League this season. The 22-year-old is batting .305 (16-54) over the 14 game stretch. New Hampshire's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Binghamton's Jeff McNeil currently share the longest hitting streak in the Eastern League this season at 15 games.
IF YOU'RE NOT FIRST YOU'RE LAST Wednesday's 5-2 win over Bowie was just the fourth victory by the Senators when the opposition scored first. The Senators are now 4-18 when the opponent score first and 12-4 when they are the first to score. SENATORS STARTING PITCHER Jaron Long starts the series opener for the Senators. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in five starts with the Senators this season. Long allowed five runs on 11 hits across five innings in his last start against New Hampshire on May 10. For more information on Long please turn to page two of the game notes.
RICHMOND STARTING PITCHER The Flying Squirrels send Jordan Johnson to the mound. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 2.43 ERA over seven starts this season. Johnson allowed just one run in seven innings in his last start against Trenton on May 11. The 24-year-old is ranked as the 28th best prospect in the Giants organization according to MLB.com.
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