Flying Squirrels Game Notes at ErieJuly 26, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) Richmond Flying Squirrels
Thursday, July 26th -- 7:05 PM
Jerry Uht Park -- Erie, PA
Game # 106 - Road Game # 55
Radio: Sports Radio 910 AM (6:35 PM) Internet: sportsradio910.com
RHP Daryl Maday (3-6, 3.30) vs. LHP Kelvin De La Cruz (5-8, 4.86)
SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Flying Squirrels will attempt to get back on the winning track when they take on the Erie Sea- Wolves in the opener of a four-game series at Jerry Uht Park tonight. Last night, Bowie starter Zach Clark scattered seven hits in seven innings and held the Flying Squirrels scoreless and Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs as Bowie defeated Richmond 4-0 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Bowie's Prince George's Stadium. Squirrels starter Craig Westcott (9-7) allowed four hits and three earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched and took the loss. Richmond outfielder Nick Liles went 3-for-4 with a double.
Clark (10-4) earned the win for Bowie and Mike Belfiore tossed two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save of the season.
The Flying Squirrels went 8-2 against Erie in 2011 including a 6-1 mark at The Diamond. Richmond is 16-9 all-time against the SeaWolves and the club is 6-4 all-time against Erie at Jerry Uht Park. Erie won two out of three games against Richmond when the two teams met at The Diamond at the start of June (6/1-6/3). This weekend's four-game set will be the final games between the two Western Division rivals in the 2012 regular season.
TODAY'S PITCHERS: RHP Daryl Maday vs. LHP Kelvin De La Cruz Maday: Makes his thirty-fourth appearances and his third start of the season for the Flying Squirrels tonight. In his last start, Maday allowed a season-high seven hits and a season-high eight runs, three of which were earned, along with one walk and four strikeouts in four innings pitched against Akron Saturday. He took the loss in Richmond's 10-1 setback. Tonight's game will be Maday's first appearance against Erie this season. He went 0-0 with a 4.32 ERA in two appearances, including one start, against the SeaWolves in 2011. The former University of Arkansas standout has been a valuable contributor as both a starter and reliever for the Flying Squirrels since the club's inception in 2010. He was the winning pitcher in the club's first home game in 2010 and the winning pitcher in the team's fi rst playoff win last season. He owns a career record of 41-43 with 12 saves and a 3.82 ERA in 161 appearances, including 95 starts.
De La Cruz: Makes his twentieth appearance and his eighteenth start of the season for Erie tonight. In his last start, De La Cruz allowed six hits and matched his season high by giving up six earned runs along with two walks and one strikeout in 0.2 innings pitched, his shortest outing of the season, at Binghamton July 15. He took the loss in Erie's 13-3 setback. The southpaw is in his first season with Erie after spending the first six seasons of his career in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. De La Cruz spent the entire 2011 season pitching for the Akron Aeros. He went 5-6 with two saves and a 4.19 ERA in 23 appearances, including 16 starts, with the Aeros. In five career appearances, including three starts against the Flying Squirrels, De La Cruz is 1-1 with one save and a 3.26 ERA. In 124 career minor league appearances, including 110 starts, De La Cruz owns a 37-36 record with two saves and a 4.32 ERA. He was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on March 23, 2012.
UNTIMELY HITTING: In last night's 4-0 shutout loss to Bowie, Richmond outhit the Baysox 9-7 and the club got seven hits off Bowie starter Zach Clark. But Richmond failed to produce in clutch situations throughout the night. The Flying Squirrels went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 base runners. The Flying Squirrels have struggled in run-scoring situations over the course of their two most recent series (vs. Akron 7/19-7/22 and @ Bowie 7/23-7/25). During this stretch Richmond is batting .089 (5-for-56) with runners in scoring position and has stranded 45 base runners in seven games, an average of nearly 6.5 base runners per game. Richmond is 3-4 during this stretch.
SHUTOUTS: Last night's 4-0 setback at Bowie was the 18th shutout game that Richmond has been involved in this season.
No other team in the Eastern League has played in more than 15 games that have resulted in shutouts this season. With the loss, Richmond fell to 11-7 in shutout games. The Flying Squirrels' 11 wins lead the circuit and their seven shutout losses rank sixth in the 12-team league.
ME GUSTA MAYORA: Richmond third baseman Daniel Mayora remains a consistent offensive producer in the middle of the lineup. In last night's 4-0 loss, Mayora went 1-for-3 and he extended his current hitting streak to five games. In his last ten games, Mayora is batting .382 (13-for-34) with three doubles. six RBIs and three 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).
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