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Game 5 Recap

April 10, 2012

The bats stayed hot and the Flying Squirrels escaped the first game of the series, pushing their record to 2-3.

For the third consecutive game the Squirrels scored first, putting up a run in the first on a Chris Dominguez single. They would put two more runs on the board in the fourth off a Dominguez solo homerun and a  Johnny Monell sacrifice fly. Monell would single in Dominguez in the sixth and the Squirrels capped off their scoring with Ryan Cavan driving in Monell.

Michael Kickham got the start on the mound for the Squirrels and had a hard time finding the zone. He was 40:71 on his strikes to pitch count and only gave up one hit, but also walked four. He got into trouble in the third by walking the leadoff hitter, Brandon Warning. His error on the attempted sacrifice bunt did not help his cause as Warning would come around to score on LJ Hoes’ groundout. He would get out of the inning without any more damage being done, but not before walking another batter and running up his pitch count.

The front end of the bullpen struggled tonight. After closing out the fourth, Dunning got into a some trouble in the fifth but got out of it cleanly, and worked a 1-2-3 sixth. So far there has a been a lot of one inning disasters for the Squirrels pitching staff and that came in the seventh.

Dunning starts the seventh going fly out, single, walk. He is then replaced by Edwin Quirarte. Quirarte’s first pitch to Manny Machado is deposited for a three-run homerun. Now the Flying Squirrels lead is no longer a comfortable 5-1, to a stressful 5-4. Ari Ronick and Daryl Maday, though, would come in a close the door with two near perfect innings.

The Flying Squirrels look to get back to .500 tomorrow. Fitzgerald get the start.

NOTES:
– Dominguez continues his torrid start to the season collecting another double and two RBIs,  pushing his season total to 4 and 7 respectively. He also hit his first homerun of the year. Even picked up a stolen base tonight.
– As a team the Squirrels have already committed four errors.

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