Flying Squirrels Game Notes at BowieJuly 25, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Richmond Flying Squirrels
Wednesday, July 25th -- 7:05 PM
Prince George's Stadium -- Bowie, MD
Game # 105 - Road Game # 54
Radio: Sports Radio 910 AM (6:35 PM) Internet: sportsradio910.com
RHP Craig Westcott (9-6, 3.61) vs. RHP Zach Clark (9-4, 3.41)
SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Flying Squirrels will attempt to get back on the winning track and earn a series victory when they take on the Bowie Baysox in the rubber match of a three-game series at Prince George's Stadium tonight. Last night, Bowie's Rhyne Hughes belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Baysox a stunning 3-2 walk-off win. The loss spoiled an outstanding start from Chris Gloor, who allowed just one earned run in a career-high 7.2 innings pitched. The Flying Squirrels took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, one of which came on Luke Anders' first career Double-A home run. The Baysox answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth on Brian Ward's RBI double. The Flying Squirrels were one strike away from victory twice, but closer Brett Bochy hit Manny Machado and then surrendered the game-winning home run to Hughes. Pat Egan (3-0) earned the win in relief for Bowie and Bochy (6-3) took the loss. Richmond is 34-36 all-time against Bowie and the club is 15-21 all-time at Prince George's Stadium. The two teams will meet 24 times in 2012, 10 times in Bowie and 14 times in Richmond. Richmond won two out of three games between the two clubs in Bowie April 9-11 and the two teams split a four-game series at The Diamond from April 30 through May 3. The Flying Squirrels won three out of four from the Baysox at The Diamond from May 10 through May 13. The teams split a four-game series in Bowie May 21 through May 24. Following this three-game series, the two teams will meet again at The Diamond for a three-game set August 10 through August 12.
TODAY'S PITCHERS: RHP Craig Westcott vs. RHP Zach Clark Westcott: Makes his twenty-first start of the season for the Flying Squirrels tonight. In his last start, Westcott allowed four hits and two earned runs, along with three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings pitched against Akron Friday. He earned his ninth win of the season in Richmond's 3-2 triumph. Tonight's game will be Westcott's seventh career start against Bowie. He is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA against the Baysox. Westcott currently ranks third in the Eastern League in innings pitched (119.2). 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 38-13 with a 3.39 ERA in 85 career minor league appearances, including 77 starts. The Chalmette, LA native was selected by the Giants in the 30th round of the 2009 June Draft out of Belhaven (MS) College.
Clark: Makes his twenty-first appearance and his nineteenth start of the season tonight. Clark has spent the bulk of the season with Bowie, where he has compiled a 9-4 record with a 3.41 ERA in 18 appearances, including 17 starts. Clark was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk in late May and he went 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts. The right-hander spent the entire 2011 season with Bowie. In 24 appearances, including 23 starts, Clark posted a 10-9 record with a 5.00 ERA. He was named Eastern League Pitcher-of- the-Week for the week of April 25 through May 2, 2011. In ten career appearances, including nine starts against the Flying Squirrels, Clark is 4-5 with a 2.48 ERA. In 163 career minor league appearances, including 109 starts, Clark owns a 45-41 record with three saves and a 3.83 ERA. He was signed by the Orioles as a non-drafted free agent on May 26, 2006 out of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
ME GUSTA MAYORA: Richmond third baseman Daniel Mayora remains a consistent offensive producer in the middle of the lineup. In last night's 3-2 loss, Mayora went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He was the only Squirrel hitter to collect multiple hits in the ballgame and he extended his current hitting streak to four games. In his last ten games, Mayora is batting .424 (14-for-33) with five doubles. six RBIs and five runs scored. The 2012 Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star leads Richmond in batting average (.307) and RBIs (49) and he ranks second in doubles (20) and multi-hit games (31) and tied for second in stolen bases (11).
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: The Flying Squirrels were on the brink of victory twice in the bottom of the ninth in Tuesday's 3-2 loss at Bowie. Closer Brett Bochy retired the first two Baysox batters in the inning and got two strikes on Manny Machado before hitting him with a pitch, which put the tying run on base. Then, he got ahead 0-2 on Rhyne Hughes before giving up a two-run walk-off home run. It marked just the third time this season that Richmond has lost when leading in the final three innings. The Flying Squirrels are now 41-3 when they have the lead after seven innings and 41-3 when they take the lead into the ninth inning, as they did last night. Conversely, Richmond has struggled to comeback in the late innings as the club is just 5-42 when trailing after seven innings and 1-40 when trailing after eight innings, with their lone win coming in Sunday's 4-3 walk-off win over Akron.
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