The North Shore Navigators enter tonight’s matchup with the Newport Gulls one game up on the division foes, meaning Newport can pull even in the standings with a victory at home while North Shore also has an opportunity to pad its first-place lead on the road. The Navigators were off last night and have won six of their last eight to catapult into first while the Gulls, who defeated Old Orchard 7-5 last night, have dropped two of their last three. The Sanford Mainers are just 1.5 games back of North Shore and New Bedford sits just 2.5 games back.
NS – LHP Michael Johnson (Dartmouth)
NEW – RHP Brandon Sinnery (Michigan)
Lefthander Michael Johnson will make his sixth start of the season tonight at Newport, all of which have come on the road. Johnson got his lone win of the season in his first start back in June 10, but has gone 0-3 his last four starts since despite a respectable 3.60 ERA over that span. His last time out, he allowed two runs on eight hits and took the loss in a 3-1 setback at Laconia. Johnson held the Gulls scoreless and to just one hit with seven strikeouts back on June 10 in a 12-1 blowout win.
Brandon Sinnery, a 6-foot-4 Franklin, Mass. native from the University of Michigan, will go for the Gulls tonight. He is 0-2 with a 0.60 ERA on the season (six appearances, one start) and took the loss on July 2 in his only start despite allowing just one run on two hits over seven innings in a 1-0 loss to Laconia.
Saulyer Saxon cf
Matt McGovern rf
Conner Mach 3b
Dario Pizzano dh
Eric Jagielo lf
Mike Dunster 2b
Matt Boulter 1b
Blake Berger c
Cody Dent ss