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June 27, 2011 - Eastern League (EL) - Richmond Flying Squirrels News Release


RHP HENRY SOSA (3-0, 0.56) VS. RHP TANNER ROARK (4-3, 5.72)

June 27, 2011 -- 7:05 PM

The Diamond

Game #75/Home #40

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TONIGHT: The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Harrisburg Senators will meet in the opener of a three-game series...The Flying Squirrels pounded out 10 runs on 15 hits including scoring five times in the bottom of the second inning as Richmond completed a sweep of the Erie SeaWolves with a 10-1 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 4,691 fans at The Diamond.

TONIGHT'S STARTERS: Right-hander Henry Sosa gets the nod in the series opener for the Flying Squirrels...Making his third start of the season...Enters the 2011 season rated as the #29 prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system according to Baseball America...Earned the win in his last outing 6/21 at Harrisburg...Allowed one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings...Struck out seven batters and walked one...Outing was his longest this season...Seven strikeouts were a season-high...Lone run allowed came on a Josh Johnson leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning...Allowed the leadoff batter to reach in two of his six innings on the mound (scored once)...Recorded four groundouts and four flyouts/popouts...Threw 79 pitches, 55 strikes...Threw 13 pitches or less in four of his six innings on the mound...Threw first-pitch strikes to 12 of the 22 batters he faced...Has allowed one run in 16 innings over his first four outings with the Flying Squirrels....Removed from the San Francisco Giants 40-man roster 5/26, cleared waivers 6/6 and was outrighted to Richmond...Originally sent down from Triple-A Fresno 5/25...Went 3-1 with a 10.41 ERA in 17 games with the Grizzlies...Allowed 27 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings and limited opponents to a .371 (39-for-105) batting average against him...Allowed one of 10 inherited baserunners to score...Spent the entire 2010 season with Fresno...Went 7-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 36 games, 14 starts...Struck out 83 batters and walked 55 in 115 innings pitched...Allowed 20 home runs...Fourteen of his final 19 appearances came as a starter and he went 3-7 with a 4.78 ERA in his 14 starts (69.2 IP)...Was 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 22 appearances (45.1 IP) in relief...Entered the 2010 season rated as the #16 prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system according to Baseball America...Made 14 starts with Double-A Connecticut in 2009...Went 6-0 with a 2.36 ERA, striking out 44 batters and walking 25 in 72 1/3 innings...Limited opponents to a .231 (61-for-264) batting average against...Placed on the DL (right elbow strain) 7/2/09 and missed the remainder of the season...Signed as a non-drafted free agent 4/23/04.

Right-hander Tanner Roark gets the start in the series opener for the Senators...Making his ninth start of the 2011 season and his third against the Flying Squirrels...Suffered the loss in his last outing 6/22 against Richmond...Allowed three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings...Struck out five batters and walked two...Retired the first 12 batters he faced...Gave up a one-out home run to Juan Perez in the top of the sixth inning...Allowed two runs and three hits (all doubles) in the top of the seventh...Outing was his fourth quality start in eight total...Is 0-2 in two starts against the Flying Squirrels...Has allowed eight runs on 15 hits in 9 2/3 innings including giving up five runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings in his first start of the season 5/15 at Richmond...Added to the Harrisburg Senators roster from Extended Spring Training 5/14... Acquired from the Texas Rangers along with right-hander Ryan Tatusko in exchange for infielder Christian Guzman 7/31/10...Went 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in six starts following the trade...Struck out 33 batters and walked nine in 36 innings...Suffered the loss in Game 4 of the Eastern League Divisional Playoffs against Altoona...Allowed seven runs on four hits including three home runs in 2 1/3 innings...Struck out four batters and walked three...Began the 2009 season with Advanced-A Bakersfield and went 10-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 29 games, including nine starts...Struck out 91 batters and walked 27 in 86 2/3 innings...Opponents hit .217 against him...Went 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in five games, four starts, with Double-A Frisco...Struck out nine batters and walked seven in 17 2/3 innings...Made pro debut in 2008 and made three starts for Southern Illinois of the Frontier League prior to the draft...Went a combined 3-4 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 games, including two starts, with Rookie AZL Rangers and Advanced-A Bakersfield...Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft...Attended the University of Illinois...Named Second Team All-Big 10 in 2007.

#WINNING: The Flying Squirrels are a season-best four games over .500 at 39-35 entering tonight's series-opener against Harrisburg...The best mark in the two-year history of the franchise is nine games over .500 at 22-13...Richmond has also matched its longest winning streak of the season at three games...The team has won three straight four times this season and most recently 6/15-6/17...The Flying Squirrels have won six of their last seven series dating back to their three-game series against Reading 6/3-6/5...The club is 14-7 over that stretch.

THE SWEEP-NESS: The Flying Squirrels are seeking their first series sweep of the season in today's finale with the SeaWolves...The last series sweep for Richmond occurred 6/25/10-6/27/10 at Erie...The club swept four series, all three-game sets, in 2010...Richmond has won six of its last seven series dating back to its three-game series against Reading 6/3-6/5...The team is 13-7 over that stretch.

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER: Flying Squirrels third baseman Chris Dominguez has hits in each of his last six contests and is 11-for-24 (.458) over that stretch with seven doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBIs, and four runs scored...He was named the Eastern League Offensive Player of the Week 5/20-5/26 becoming the first Flying Squirrels' position player ever to win a weekly award...Overall, Dominguez is 12-for-38 (.316) at the plate over his first 10 games with Richmond and 10 of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases including eight doubles, a triple, and a homer.

THE JOLLY ROGER: Outfielder Roger Kieschnick is batting .321 (52-for-162) over his last 43 games with six doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 32 RBIs and 26 runs scored, including hits in six straight games...The 24-year-old has 19 multi-hit games over that span which also includes a season-long eight-game hit streak...He was hitting .173 on 5/7 and was 18-for-104 with six doubles, one homer and eight RBIs in his first 29 games.

FRESH PICKED: Left-hander Ryan Verdugo picked off Erie third baseman Francisco Martinez in the top of the first inning yesterday...It was the 14th baserunner picked off by Richmond pitchers this season and second picked off by Verdugo.

PITCHING IN: The Flying Squirrels pitching staff leads the Eastern League with a 2.93 ERA through 74 games...The pitching staff has logged a league-high 675 innings of work and has allowed a league-low 259 runs...Richmond's pitching staff has allowed two runs or less in 29 of its 74 games (39%)...The club's 2.93 ERA is also the lowest of all of the full-season MiLB teams.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: The Flying Squirrels have begun a stretch where they will play 21 out of 28 games at home including a doubleheader against Harrisburg 7/9...The club is 25-14 at home and is batting .253 in 39 games at The Diamond while averaging 4.62 runs per game at home (180R/39G)...Overall, the club is 14-21 on the road, and is batting .204 and averaging 3.23 runs per game (113R/35G) in 35 road contests.

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