The Struggle Continues – Game 18
Tyler Cloyd was good, not great, the last time he faced the Flying Squirrels in Richmond. This time, in his home stadium, he was outstanding. It look as thought he might be able to go all nine innings tonight, but his pitch count caught up to him late. Still, in seven full innings, he kept the Richmond bats silent. He allowed only five hits and struck out five in his seven innings. He threw 82 pitches with 58 of those being strikes. Tyson Brummett worked the eighth inning allowing only a hit and striking out one. Justin Friend got close to allowing a run in the top of the ninth. He gave up two hits, a walk, and struck out two in his one inning of work.
Just like his last outing Jason Stevenson fought his command all night long. Still considering this, he was incredibly lucky it was not worse for him tonight. He threw 72 pitches (39 strikes) to get through 4.2 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits, five walks, and one strikeout. Jake Dunning was the first out of the bullpen and was good early, but let the game get away from him late. In his 1.2 innings of work he allowed three runs on two hits, one walk, and one strikeout. Edwin Quirarte closed out the last 1.2 innings for Richmond allowing one run on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Jiwan James and Darin Ruf both had two hits on the night and drove in two run for the R-Phils. Ruf also added his second home run of the year in the first inning.
The Flying Squirrels out hit the R-Phils tonight 8-6, but still could not come up with the big hit when they needed it. They were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position tonight and hit into two double plays. Gary Brown, Ryan Cavan, and Daniel Mayora all had two hits on the night.
– Daniel Mayora committed his 7th error of the season tonight. He also extended his hitting streak to nine game.
– Gary Brown has not had a strikeout in the last five games.