June 19, 2012 - Eastern League (EL) - Richmond Flying Squirrels
Richmond Flying Squirrels (34-35) vs. Trenton Thunder (39-28)
Tuesday, June 19th -- 7:05 PM
Waterfront Park -- Trenton, NJ
Game # 70 - Road Game # 36
Radio: Sports Radio 910 AM (6:35 PM) Internet: sportsradio910.com
RHP Craig Westcott (6-4, 3.64) vs. RHP Mikey O'Brien (4-1, 3.38)
SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Flying Squirrels will attempt to continue their winning ways when they take on the Trenton Thunder in the opener of a three-game series at Waterfront Park tonight. On Sunday afternoon, Juan Perez went 2-for-5 and delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Richmond to a 5-4 victory at The Diamond. Daniel Mayora and Russell Mitchell also contributed two hits apiece and Mitchell drove in two of Richmond's five runs. The dramatic win capped off a successful home stand for Richmond, which went 5-1 in the six games against New Hampshire and Portland and claimed three walk-off wins over this stretch. As a result, the Flying Squirrels are now just one game below .500 entering the three-game road trip at Trenton. The Flying Squirrels went 10-5 against Trenton in 2011 including a 7-1 mark at The Diamond. Richmond is 13-8 all-time against the Thunder and the club is 4-6 all-time against Trenton at Waterfront Park. The two teams will meet seven times in 2012, three games in Trenton and four games in Richmond. The two teams split a four-game series at The Diamond over Memorial Day weekend.
TODAY'S PITCHERS: RHP Craig Westcott vs. RHP Mikey O'Brien Westcott: Makes his fourteenth start for the Flying Squirrels tonight. In his last start, Westcott allowed fi ve hits and two earned runs along with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings pitched at Portland June 10. He received a non-decision in Richmond's 4-3 triumph. Tonight's game will be Westcott's second career start against the Thunder. He allowed four hits and one earned run in six innings pitched against Trenton May 25 and earned his fourth win of the season. 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 35-11 with a 3.38 ERA in 78 career minor league appearances, including 70 starts. The Chalmette, LA native was selected by the Giants in the 30th round of the 2009 June Draft out of Belhaven (MS) College.
O'Brien: Makes his fourteenth appearance and thirteenth start of the season tonight. O'Brien opened the season with Advanced- A Tampa and he went 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts. Since being promoted to Trenton, O'Brien has posted a 4-1 record with a 3.38 ERA in six starts. In his last start, O'Brien allowed four hits and two earned runs along with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings pitched at Altoona Wednesday. He earned the win in Trenton's 10-2 triumph.
Tonight's game will be his second career start against the Flying Squirrels. O'Brien is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Richmond. He boasts a career record of 24-15 with a 3.33 ERA in 65 appearances, including 55 starts. He was selected by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2008 June Draft out of Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke, VA.
WALK-OFF WINS: The Flying Squirrels displayed a fl air for the dramatic throughout their most recent home stand. Richmond won three games in walk-off fashion, all of which went in to extra innings. The 5-1 home stand against New Hampshire and Portland was capped with a 5-4 10-inning victory on Sunday afternoon in which Juan Perez assumed the role of hero and drove in the winning run with a walk-off single. Sunday's win was Richmond's fifth walk-off win in 2012. The Flying Squirrels are 5-1 in games ending in walk-off fashion on the season.
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA: Richmond second baseman Ryan Cavan is enjoying a hot stretch at the plate. Cavan is batting .355 (11-for-31) with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and seven runs scored in his last eight games. He went 1-for-4 in Sunday's 5-4 win over Portland and is currently in the midst of a season-high eight-game hitting streak. Cavan has hit three of his six home runs during this stretch and he delivered a run-producing, extra-base hit in four consecutive games (6/10-6/14).
TORRID TOM: Flying Squirrels reliever Tom Vessella has pitched very well of late. In Sunday's game, Vessella tossed two scoreless
innings and with one strikeout. In his last six appearances, Vessella has compiled a 1-0 mark with one save and posted a 1.98 ERA
in 13.2 innings pitched (3 ER/13.2 IP). He allowed two earned runs in fi ve innings pitched along with four strikeouts and one walk
in two appearances during the Flying Squirrels last home stand. The southpaw out of Whittier (CA) College is 2-0 with two saves in
three chances and a 2.61 ERA in 20 relief appearances for Richmond this season.