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Quick Turnaround

April 18, 2012


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Overall Record: 7-7 (1.5 GB of Akron in Western Division)
Attendance: 6,073 (I swear 5,800 of those were school kids)
Time: 2:20 

Quick Hit: Heston looked better today than in his last outing. Ryan Cavan wins the game in the third with a two-run homer.

There is the old baseball cliché that talks about how baseball is a great game because no matter how bad one game may be “you get to turn around and start new tomorrow.” And the Flying Squirrels are certainly happy this is the case. After allowing a franchise record 19 runs (the 10 they allowed in the sixth also a record) and 22 hits, Richmond handed the ball to Chris Heston in hopes of not being swept to end the homestand. Heston needed 84 pitches (52 strikes) to get through six innings. He allowed one run on four hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.  Brett Bochy was first out of the bullpen and worked an almost perfect two innings, allowing only one hit and striking out one. Daryl Maday picked up his third save of the season by striking out the side in the top of the ninth.

David Buchanan had what could be considered a ‘quality start’ but got the loss for the R-Phils, dropping his record to 1-1 on the season. It would take him 93 pitches to get through his six innings. He allowed two runs on six hits (one home run), one walk, and four strikeouts. Jay Johnson would get a full inning of work this time, still having yet to throw a breaking ball outside of warm-ups,  and allowed one hit and struck out one. Justin Friend closed out the game for the R-Phils walking one and hitting one, but nothing else.

Offensively Ehire Adrianza and Wendell Fairley were the only Flying Squirrels starters to not collect a hit. Ryan Cavan had the big blow of the day, driving in two with his home run in the third. Steven Lerud had the best day at the plate for Reading, going 2-4 with a double. Tyson Gillies also collected a double with his only hit of the day.

Notes:
– As I mentioned on Twitter, one of the few knocks I have on Gary Brown is that be trusts in his speed too much. More than once this homestand, and series, Brown has taken a route that was too shallow (not a hard enough angle on the ball to cut it off) and it got past him.
– Chris Heston located most of his pitches well and worked ahead most of the game, something he was not able to do last game. He was also able to throw his slider and slurve (part curve, part slider) to the back foot of lefties.

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