Ups & Downs: Flying Squirrels Stumble At Home

Last week was a bit of minor disaster for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Starting just a half game out of first place in the Eastern League, Richmond was optimistic based on their previous record at home. Needless to say, the home cooking didn't hold up, and the Flying Squirrels ended up going 2-4 on the week. The subpar homestand is reflected in this week's performance ratings.

FLYING HIGH

Francisco Peguero (CF) -- Peguero's .333 average was complemented by 2 triples and 9 total hits.

Chuck Lofgren (P) -- Lofgren's 7 1/3 inning, 1 ER performance was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable series.

COASTING

Roger Kieschnick (RF) -- Kieschnick was able to provide some timely offense with a homer and triple despite hitting .238 over the six-game homestand.

Chris Dominguez (3B) -- Dominguez's numbers have seemed to dip, but his home run on Saturday did help propel Richmond to the win.

Johnny Monell (C) -- Monell hit close to his season average, banging out 3 doubles and 3 RBI.

Eric Surkamp (P) -- Despite the loss, Surkamp threw a quality start, going 6 2/3 innings with 2 ER and 7 Ks.

Ryan Verdugo (P) -- DNP.

GROUNDED

Charlie Culberson (2B) -- Culberson hit a measly .181 over the homestand. There was a home run and a nicely executed suicide squeeze that kept the week from being a complete loss.

Wes Hodges (1B) -- Hodges' .210 average was a huge drop from the previous series.

Wendell Fairley (LF) -- Fairley only managed 2 hits in 17 AB.

Justin Fitzgerald (P) -- Two starts netted 0 wins for the Squirrels, and the 4 runs over 4 1/3 innings spelled doom for Richmond in the series finale.

Heath Hembree (RP) -- There was one save, but that was overshadowed by the 3 run debacle that blew the lead on Wednesday.


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