Flying Squirrels Game Notes at ReadingJune 29, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Richmond Flying Squirrels
Friday, June 29th -- 7:05 PM
FirstEnergy Stadium -- Reading, PA
Game # 80 - Road Game # 42
Radio: Sports Radio 910 AM (6:35 PM) Internet: sportsradio910.com
RHP Craig Westcott (6-5, 3.80) vs. RHP Austin Hyatt (1-2, 6.93)
SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Flying Squirrels will aim for a second straight win when they take on the Reading Phillies in the finale of a four-game series at FirstEnergy Stadium tonight. Last night, Mark Minicozzi smacked his fifth home run and drove in two runs and Russ Mitchell, Ryan Cavan and Ehire Adrianza each collected two hits as Richmond snapped its franchise-record six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the R-Phils. In his first start of the season, Chris Gloor allowed five hits, issued one walk and struck out one batter in four scoreless frames. Daryl Maday (3-5) tossed a season-high four innings out of the Richmond bullpen and allowed two runs, one of which was earned, en route to earning his third win of the season. Closer Brett Bochy worked a scoreless frame in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win and pick up his ninth save in twelve chances. Gary Brown did not play and he still has a team-high 11-game hitting streak. The Flying Squirrels went 5-5 against Reading in 2011 including a 3-4 mark at FirstEnergy Stadium. Richmond is 16-23 all-time against the R-Phils and the club is 7-15 all-time in Reading. The two teams will meet 16 times in 2012, 7 times in Reading and 9 times in Richmond. The R-Phils claimed the opening series by winning two out of three games between the clubs at The Diamond last week (4/16-4/18). Reading also took two out of three from Richmond at FirstEnergy Stadium (4/24-4/26). Following this series, the two teams will meet again for a three-game set in the River City (7/7- 7/9).
TODAY'S PITCHERS: RHP Craig Westcott vs. RHP Austin Hyatt Westcott: Makes his sixteenth start for the Flying Squirrels tonight. In his last start, Westcott allowed seven hits and six runs, five of which were earned, along with two walks and no strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched against New Britain Sunday. He took the loss in Richmond's 7-3 setback. Tonight's game will be Westcott's third career start against Reading. He is 0-0 with a 6.97 ERA against Reading. After splitting the 2010 season between Advanced-A San Jose and Richmond, Westcott spent the entire 2011 campaign back in San Jose. Westcott enjoyed a banner year in the California League as he posted a 13-4 record with a 3.42 ERA in 25 appearances, including 24 starts. His 13 wins tied for the most in the Cal League and he finished fourth in the circuit in ERA (3.42).
As a result, Westcott was named both a Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star. He was also a Mid-Season All-Star in the Cal League in 2010 after going 6-0 with a miniscule 1.83 ERA in 13 starts with San Jose before being promoted to Richmond. Westcott did not enjoy the same level of success with the Flying Squirrels however, as he compiled a 3-3 mark with a 5.13 ERA in the second half of the season. He owns a record of 35-12 with a 3.42 ERA in 80 career minor league appearances, including 72 starts. The Chalmette, LA native was selected by the Giants in the 30th round of the 2009 June Draft out of Belhaven (MS) College.
Hyatt: Makes his sixteenth start of the season and his sixth for Reading tonight. Hyatt opened the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he posted a 2-6 mark with a 5.47 ERA in ten starts. Since being transferred to Reading, Hyatt has compiled a 1-2 record with a 6.93 ERA in five starts. The right-hander spent the entire 2011 campaign with Reading, where he posted a 12-6 record with a 3.85 ERA in 28 starts. Tonight's game will be his third career start against the Flying Squirrels. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA against Richmond. Hyatt boasts a career record of 30-19 with six saves and a 3.68 ERA in 88 appearances, including 74 starts. He was selected by Philadelphia in the 15th round of the 2009 June Draft out of the University of Alabama.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD: Mark Minicozzi has been a welcome addition to the Flying Squirrels lineup. Since joining the club on June 1, Minicozzi is batting .301 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. After going 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in yesterday's game at Reading, Minicozzi is now hitting .371 (13-for-35) with three home runs, eight RBIs and six runs scored in his last ten games.
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?: Gary Brown continues to fare well at the plate. Brown went 1-for-4 with a walk in Wednesday's 7-4 setback at Reading. It was his eleventh consecutive game with a base hit, which gives him the longest hitting streak by Flying Squirrels batter in 2012. He is just two games shy of matching the longest hitting streak in Flying Squirrels franchise history, which is shared by Clay Timpner and Brandon Belt (13 games), both of whom accomplished the feat in 2010. He has multiple hits in seven of those eleven contests and has a team-best 25 multi-hit games this season. In his last 10 games, Brown is batting .395 (17-for-43) with one home run, four RBIs and nine runs scored. He currently is tied for third in the Eastern League in stolen bases with 21.
THE GREAT GLOOR: Chris Gloor fared well in his first start of the season for Richmond in last night's game at Reading. He allowed five hits in four scoreless innings, which helped Richmond snap a franchise-record six-game skid. Gloor, who worked a team-high 19.2 scoreless frames earlier in 2012, did not factor in the decision last night.
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