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Juan Gone – Game 21

April 28, 2012

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Record – 10 – 11
Attendance : 6,010
Time – 4:12  

Justin Fitzgerald got the start for Richmond and was nothing short of very good last night. He had control of all his pitches and was comfortable throwing them in all counts. He moved the ball around the zone well and kept batters off-balance for the most part. He threw seven very efficient (100 pitches, 65 strikes) scoreless innings. He would allow only five hits and strikeout five, but unfortunately would not factor in the decision. Chris Gloor came out of the bullpen first and threw one-plus innings, he would be lifted in the ninth after one batter. He allowed one run (the sole batter he faced in the ninth) on two hits and one strikeout. Jake Dunning came on in the ninth to try to close the door, but failed to do so. Not only did he allow Gloor’s runner to score, but he allowed one himself to tie the game. In his one inning of work he allowed one run on two hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Ari Ronick worked two-thirds of an inning allowing only one hit. Austin Fleet provided 2.1 innings of outstanding work, giving up one hit and walking one. He would also strikeout five. Daryl Maday was The Vulture tonight, collecting the win after giving up the lead in the top of the 13th inning. He allowed two runs on two hits (0ne home run) and one strikeout.

Andrew Albers got the start for New Britain and was helped out by his defense and, at times, overly aggressive Richmond batters. In six innings he allowed two runs on eight hits, one walk, and six strikeouts. David Bromberg worked a perfect seventh inning. Luis Perdomo turned in two very solid innings out of the bullpen, giving up one hit and walking two. Lester Oliveros went three innings himself, allowing two hits and walking two. Blake Martin started the top of the 13th and only made it through a third of an inning. He allowed two runs on one hit and one walk. Bobby Lanigan would take the loss for New Britain, as he gave up the winning run in the 13th on a home run.

New Britain had a decent night at the plate. Both team, for that matter did, as they both reached 13 hits for the game. Chris Herman, Aaron Hicks, Debinson Romero, and James Berefords all collected multiple hits. Romero the only to collect three hits. Hick blasted his fourth home run of the year in the 13th and drove in three runs for New Britain.

Offensively the Flying Squirrels still are struggling with runners in scoring position. At the plate Ehire Adrianza had the best night, going 3-for-4. Tommy Joseph, Chris Dominguez, Juan Perez, and Ryan Cavan all had multiple hits. Cavan, himself, going 3-for-5 on the night with a double. Juan Perez delivered the big blow of the night, depositing a 2-o Bobby Lanigan fastball to dead left for a walk-off home run. Gary Brown went 1-for-5 on the night and drove in a run.

– As I mentioned,  the Flying Squirrels have been fairly putrid with runners in scoring position. Over the last three games they are a mere 2-for-25 with RISP. Twice tonight they loaded the bases, and twice they had batters first pitch swinging to end the threat.

– The fourth inning saw some of the worse base running I have seen in a while. Tommy Joseph was thrown out at second on a strikeout-throwout double play. To his credit it was a full count, but he never really ran, merely jogged. The next batter, Dominguez, was thrown out at second on a hit he should have been content getting a single one. It was a one hopper to the left fielder who had no trouble getting to the ball. Earlier in the game Adrianza was picked off first base, second time this year.

– I question how healthy Johnny Monell’s shoulder really is. Normally a switch-hitter, he decided to hit left-handed against the left-handed pitcher and did not seem to have any real bat speed. He was noticeably cheating on fastballs inside.

– Chris Dominguez picked up another outfield assist tonight. One a line drive hit to somewhat shallow left field, he broke in immediately and doubled off the runner at second.

– In what is now almost occurring nightly, and getting close to the comical level, Daniel Mayora committed his eighth error of the night. If it is not questionable throws, it is spotty defense. His footwork is lazy and often he allows the ball to get almost into his torso or between his legs before trying to field it. Or he is already moving away from the ball and trying to field it behind him. If it is not one, it’s the other.

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