Richmond Flying Squirrels Game Notes

Richmond Flying Squirrels

June 29, 2010 - Eastern League (EL) - Richmond Flying Squirrels

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RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS (37-40) VS. AKRON AEROS (36-40)

RHP DARYL MADAY (8-4, 2.22) VS. RHP MARTY POPHAM (0-0, 0.00)

June 29, 2010 -- 7:05 PM

The Diamond

Game #78/Home #39

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TONIGHT: The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Akron Aeros will meet in game two of a three-game series...The Flying Squirrels scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a 7-3 win over the Aeros in the series opener on Monday night at The Diamond.

TONIGHT'S STARTERS: Right-hander Daryl Maday gets the start in game two of the series for the Flying Squirrels...Suffered the loss in his last start at Akron 6/24...Allowed three runs on 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings...Struck out four batters and walked one...Gave up all three runs and with hits in his first 2 1/3 innings...Went on to retire 12 of the next 13 batters he faced including 10 straight...Recorded 11 ground outs, including three double plays, and four fly outs...Outing was the second-longest of his career...Seventh time in 15 starts that he went six innings or more and the fourth time he went seven innings or more...Eleven hits allowed were a new career high...Fifth time in 15 starts that he allowed more than two runs...Has not allowed more than three runs this season...Ranks third in the Eastern League with a 2.22 ERA...Ranks fifth among EL pitchers with 89 1/3 innings pitched...Attempting to become the second EL pitcher to nine wins (Jared Hughes)...Is 1-4 over his last six starts with a 3.47 ERA (16R/14ER) and has allowed 35 hits in 36 1/3 innings...Was 7-0 over his first nine starts with a 1.36 ERA (8R/8ER) and allowed 47 hits in 53 innings.

Right-hander Marty Popham gets the nod in the opener of the series for the Aeros...Making his Double-A debut...Suffered the loss in his last start with Advanced-A Kinston...Gave up eight runs on 10 hits in two innings of work...Walked one batter and did not strike out any...Entered that start having worked 13 consecutive scoreless innings...Was 1-2 with a 5.16 ERA in starts with the K-Tribe...Struck out 29 batters and walked seven...Gave up 16 runs and 18 hits in 6 2/3 innings of work in his two losses (21.60 ERA)...Allowed just two runs, one earned, on 18 hits in 23 innings of work over his other four starts (0.39)...Was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week 6/14...Began the season with Low-A Lake County and went 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in eight appearances including four starts...Was 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his four starts and was 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in his four relief appearances...Made 14 starts last season with Short Season-A Mahoning Valley and went 6-1 with a 2.76 ERA...Struck out 83 batters and walked 10 in 75 innings of work...Finished second in the New York-Penn League in strikeouts and was named a NYPL All-Star...Made pro debut with Rookie GCL Indians in 2008...Appeared in 14 games, all in relief, and went 1-1 with a 0.78 ERA (7R/2ER)...Struck out 25 batters in 23 innings...Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 20th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft...Attended Union College (Schenectady, NY).

THOMAS THE TRAIN: Outfielder Thomas Neal matched a season-high with four hits last night as he went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored...It was the 23rd multi-hit game of the season for the 22-year-old and his ninth multi-RBI game, both team-highs...He has hits in each of his last five games and is 11-for-25 (.440) with a double, four home runs, 12 RBI, and five runs scored over that stretch...In 25 games this month, Neal is batting .348 (31-for-89) with six doubles, five home runs, 19 RBI and 11 runs scored...He is currently tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 83 hits.

BUILT FORD TOUGH: Outfielder Darren Ford has hits in each of his last six games, matching his longest hitting streak of the season...He is 8-for-30 (.267) at the plate with a double, RBI, and four runs scored...The 24-year-old has also struck out eight times and has not walked over that span...Ford is also second in the Eastern League in stolen bases (25) and he leads the league in attempts (36) and times caught stealing (11).

WINNING WAYS: The Flying Squirrels have won at least four straight games for just the third time this season...The last time the club won four straight was part of the team's season-long seven-game winning streak 4/27-5/3.

M-"O"-MENTUM: The Flying Squirrels have hit .323 (51-for-158) over the course of their four-game winning streak with 14 extra-base hits including seven doubles and seven home runs...The club has also scored 24 runs (6.0R/G) over the course of the streak...Prior to their recent run, the Flying Squirrels were hitting .244 as a team and were averaging 3.4 runs per game over their first 73 games...The seven runs scored by Richmond last night were the most at home since scoring seven times 5/29 against Bowie (14 games).

GETTING SERIE-OUS: Richmond is attempting to claim its second consecutive series victory since 5/7-5/12...The club was 1-9-2 over its previous 12 series (5/13-6/24)...The only other series win for the Flying Squirrels over that stretch came against New Britain 6/8-6/10 when the club took two of three games...Prior to the skid, Richmond had gone 6-1-1 over its previous eight series spanning from 4/15-5/2.

PEN-NY SAVERS: Flying Squirrels starters have gone six innings or more in each of the last 11 contests...The longest streak of six innings or more from the starting pitchers had been three games 6/8-6/10...Over the last 11 games, Flying Squirrels' starters have allowed 30 runs, 25 earned, on 67 hits in 73 1/3 innings while striking 41 and walking 20 (3.07 ERA)...Starters are 4-4 over the last 11 games...Richmond improved to 13-1 when one of its starters goes seven innings or more.

HITTER BY DESIGNATION: The Flying Squirrels are hitting .260 (308-for-1184) with the designated hitter in the line up...The club is batting .239 (328-for-1374) with the pitcher batting...Richmond DHs are batting just .191 (25-for-131) on the season; however, the DHs are just 5-for-74 over the last 20 games against American League affiliates (since 5/18)...The Flying Squirrel DHs were hitting .357 (20-for-56) over their first 16 games...Richmond pitchers are hitting just .130 (12-for-92) at the plate with 52 strikeouts...The Flying Squirrels are 22-14 against American League affiliates and will face an AL affiliate over the next six games counting today.

DOUBLETREE DOWNTOWN DOUBLE PLAYS: The Richmond Flying Squirrels have turned 101 double plays in 77 games including six on 5/7 in Harrisburg...The club leads the Eastern League in double plays turned and has not gone more than two games without turning a double play.

CFS STAT OF THE NIGHT: The back-to-back home runs for outfielders Thomas Neal and Roger Kieschnick were the first this season for the Flying Squirrels...They were also the first home runs hit by the former California League All-Stars at The Diamond...Richmond has hit 13 home runs in 38 games at home and has launched 29 home runs in 39 games on the road.

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