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Game 1 Recap

April 6, 2012

Score – 3 – 2 New Britain
LP – Justin Fitzgeral
WP – Luke French
Record 0 -1
Next Game – 4/6, DH, Game 1 @ 4:35

The Flying Squirrels opened their season today and ran into a pitcher they had not seen before.

Luke French got the start for the New Britain Rock Cats and successfully kept  the Squirrels off-balance the entire night. He went five innings, walking two, striking out four and allowing only two hits. It took him 32 pitches to get through five innings, 23 of those were strikes. He would attack the hitters early and would throw any pitch to start an at-bat. As one scout put it:

 Lefty with decent velo & a fringe average CB he can locate. – Al Skorupa

The same could not be said for Justin Fitzgerald. He was in trouble early and often and it was surprising to see him only give up three runs, because it could have been much, much worse. Same scout:

Fitzgerald went four innings, giving up five hits, three runs, only walking one and striking out five but throwing two wild pitches. He threw 30 pitches and 26 of those were strikes. But they were not quality strikes as most of the were up in the zone.

Chris Gloor and Jake Dunning both came out of the bullpen and gave two strong innings. Neither allowed a run and certainly kept the game within reach.

As for the bats, they were silent until the ninth inning. A few times during the game the Flying Squirrels had a chance to cut into the lead but were unable to.  Chris Dominguez led the charge at the plate going 2-4 and driving in the only two runs for the Squirrels. He did also dump a nice double down the right field line, which is something good to see. Tommy Joseph had a rough night at the plate going 0-4 with 3 K’s. Of Jospeh:

The good thing about baseball, they say, is that there is always tomorrow. And that is certainly true for the Flying Squirrels as they will get two shots at the Rock Cats tomorrow. First pitch of Game 1 is 4:35.

Notes:
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In his first game in left field, Chris Dominguez did cut off a base hit down the left field line and threw the batter out at second trying to stretch it.
Johnny Monell had a great caught stealing tonight. Good footwork, beautiful throw, couldn’t ask for more.
Both Gary Brown and Ehire Adrianza collected their first AA hits on back-to-back singles in the ninth. Brown had drawn a walk in the first, but was promptly picked off by French.

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