Ups & Downs: Flying Squirrels Surging

It was an important week for Richmond, as the team tried to jockey for the wild card in the Western Division of the Eastern League. The Squirrels took two out of three from the rival Bowie Baysox, and then won another three-game series against the Akron Aeros. Richmond posted some offense on Saturday and showcased top-notch pitching on Sunday. Here's who's leading the charge and who's struggling.

FLYING HIGH

Eric Surkamp (P) -- Two starts for the Richmond ace and two huge wins. Tuesday's game against Bowie wasn't pretty at first, but it ended up being a quality start. Sunday's game versus Akron was a gem -- the lefty allowed only 2 hits in 8 shutout innings.

Heath Hembree (RP) -- It was a good week for the Squirrels closer. Hembree locked down 3 saves in 3 opportunities. He did give up a run in his two-inning relief appearance against Bowie, but his two other saves were flawless.

Charlie Culberson (2B) -- Although Culberson only hit .261 it was a drastic improvement over the previous few weeks. The highlight was his 3-run homer against Bowie.

Francisco Peguero (CF) -- Another solid performance for Peguero since getting promoted to Richmond. He hit .369 on the week, driving in 5 RBI.

COASTING

Justin Fitzgerald (P) -- The loss to Akron this week shouldn't be blamed on Fitzgerald. 7 innings and 2 runs is another quality start. It's a shame that the offense didn't help him out.

Wes Hodges (1B) -- Hodges had decent week, hitting .277. Problem is, all his hits were for singles and he collected 0 RBI over the week's 6 games.

Alex Hinshaw (RP) -- Two appearances with mixed results. Against Bowie he pitched a perfect inning. Against Akron he gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks.

Roger Kieschnick (RF) -- Kieschnick played sparingly during the Bowie series, but he was able to provide a clutch 2-run homer on Saturday.

Johnny Monell (C) -- It doesn't take much to improve on an 0-11 week, but going .295 with a double and a homer is a great rebound.

GROUNDED

Clayton Tanner (P) -- This was another short outing for Tanner. However, the results were not as good as last week's. He went 5 innings against Bowie, allowing 5 walks and 4 runs (2 earned).

Chris Dominguez (3B) -- Last week, Dominguez was scorching the ball. This week, it was a different story altogether. The third baseman hit .130 with 4 strikeouts.

Chuck Lofgren (P) -- 4 innings was all Lofgren lasted on Saturday night. Although he only surrendered 2 runs, it was the 7 hits and 4 walks that made the outing a short one.

Darren Ford (OF) -- It was not a good week for Ford. He struck out 8 times and batted a meager .180.


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