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Game 6 Recap – Back to .500

April 10, 2012

Score : 5-4
Overall Record : 3-3 (3rd consecutive)
Quick Hit: For the fifth consecutive game the Flying Squirrels got on the board first. The bullpen faltered a bit but closed the door.

Justin Fitzgerald got the start tonight and looked to improve upon his first start that saw him go four innings, allowing three runs, five hits, one walk and strike out five. And for a while, it looked like Fitzgerald could not be hit. He would allow a hit in the bottom of the first to L.J. Hoes and that would be it for the Bay Sox until the fifth.

He was very efficient through the first four innings, tossing just over 40 pitches. Anytime you can average 10 pitches/innings, you are doing well. However, for all of his efficiency, he was a bit wild as well. He was saved twice during that stretch by well-timed double plays. And the walks would ultimately do him in.
Fitzgerald would run into trouble again in the fifth inning and he really had to labor to get out of it relatively unscathed, but in doing that he really ran up his pitch count. After striking out Tyler Townsend to start the inning he would walk Caleb Joseph, his third of the game, and the he ran into the BABIP Dragon. Buck Britton would hit a bloop fly ball out to shallow left field but Ehire Adrianza overran the ball, allowing Caleb Joseph to advance to second. Robbie Widlansky would single to Brown in center, tacking on the first run for the Bay Sox. Fitzgerald would get out of the inning without allowing another run, but the sixth would be another struggle for him and would ultimately be his last.

Fitzgerald would get Travis Adair would induce the weak fly out to Dominguez in left but would hit L.J. Hoes with a 1-2 pitch. Manny Machado continued his dominance so far against Easter League pitching driving his second double, putting runners at second and third. Tyler Townsend would ground into a 1-unassisted putout and that would score L.J. Hoes.  Caleb Joseph would single to Gary Brown in center, scoring Machado from second, and he would advance to second on the throw, tying the game at 3. That would be the night for Fitzgerald as he would be replaced by Tom Vessella.

Vessella would allow a run in 1.1 innings of relief, but that would be all the  Bay Sox would manage. Bochy, Gloor, and Fleet would close out the game, striking out four, allowing two hits, but walking three. Fleet would get two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, but closed the door to secure the win.

Offensively, Richmond again jumped out of the gate, putting up a run in the second and then adding two more in the fifth. With the game tied late Juan Perez produced the big hit of the game, blasting his first homerun of the year.
Juan Perez, Wes Hodges, and Daniel Mayora all had two hits. Dominguez struggled a bit tonight, going 1-4 with 2 K’s. He did add another steal on the season though, upping his count to two.

It is a getaway day for the Flying Squirrels tomorrow as first pitch is at 11:35. The Squirrels open their home schedule Thursday.

– The pitch that Fitzgerald hit L.J. Hoes with was possibly the new split-finger change he has worked on. He did use it a couple of times in the game and it looked very good.
– The Bay Sox and Flying Squirrels have now played 21 of their 56 games to a one-run ending.
– Johnny Monell upped his caught stealing to 2-for-4 tonight

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