Ups & Downs: Flying Squirrels Continue Slide

Another dismal week for the Squirrels. Losing two out of three to division-leading Harrisburg is understandable. But losing two out of three to the league's worst team, Binghamton, is difficult to stomach. Still, a few noteworthy performances stood out. If Richmond plans to make it to the playoffs, more prospects will have to step it up.

FLYING HIGH

Eric Surkamp (P) -- Surkamp had another solid start, this time against the league-leading Harrisburg Senators and wunderkind slugger Bryce Harper. Surkamp's line: 7.2 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned run and 9 strikeouts.

Clayton Tanner (P) -- Tanner was only able to go 5 innings due to a high pitch count, but it was enough to help the Squirrels top the Binghamton Mets. During those 5 innings he gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 5.

Wes Hodges (1B) -- Hodges was back to old form this week, going 6 for 18 with a double and 3 RBI. It'd be great to see more power, but any offensive production for this team is a plus.

Chris Dominguez (3B) -- Dominguez had a great week, batting .333 with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run.

COASTING

Justin Fitzgerald (P) -- Fitzgerald didn't have a great effort against the Mets, but it wouldn't have been as bad if the Squirrels had managed to score runs. Fitzgerald went 6.2 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits.

Heath Hembree (RP) -- Hembree's save opportunities were limited this week. However, he secured a win without blowing a save in game 2 against Harrisburg. He came in relief for Surkamp and had 1 strikeout in his scoreless 1.1 innings.

Alex Hinshaw (RP) -- Hinshaw had a rough week in that he was designated for assignment, losing his place on the 40-man roster. Hinshaw did re-sign with the Giants and was sent back to Richmond, where he pitched an inning and gave up a run.

Francisco Peguero (CF) -- Peguero had a decent week. His .291 batting average complemented his 7 runs scored over 6 games.

Darren Ford (OF) -- Ford returned to Richmond last week after being demoted from Fresno over the weekend. Ford's .285 average was marred by 5 Ks.

Ryan Verdugo (P) -- Verdugo returned to the mound after a week's absence. He was only able to go 5 innings, but his 8 Ks overshadowed the 3 runs allowed.

GROUNDED

Charlie Culberson (2B) -- Culberson's struggles continue. He hit under .200 on the week with 5 Ks.

Chuck Lofgren (P) -- Lofgren pitched twice over the week. The first game he posted a respectable 3 ER over 6.1 innings. But the second game was a nightmare -- he surrendered 3 homers and 7 runs over 5 innings.

Roger Kieschnick (RF) -- Despite a crucial game-winning home run versus Harrisburg, Kieschnick hit under .200 and struck out 9 times.

Wendell Fairley (LF) -- Fairley seems to have lost his spot in the lineup due to the return of Darren Ford. He did get in the lineup Sunday, but he went 1 for 5 with 2 Ks.

Johnny Monell (C) -- Monell went a lovely 0 for 11 in his 4 games last week. Enough said.


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