Ups & Downs: Squirrels Push For Playoff Spot

The Squirrels had another mediocre week. The good news is they gained ground in the wild card race. They currently sit a half-game behind Bowie for a playoff spot. But the bad news for the Squirrels (and the good news for the Giants) is that they have to compete without their ace, Eric Surkamp, who was called up to the majors. Also: the team's slugger, Roger Kieschnick, was placed on the DL.

FLYING HIGH

Francisco Peguero (CF) -- As the pitching starts to wane, scoring runs will become more important. Peguero will need to keep up the torrid pace that he set last week when he hit .478 with a home run and 6 runs scored.

Ryan Verdugo (P) -- Verdugo has to step it up as the new stopper in the rotation. Last week was a solid effort: he gave up only 3 runs over 13 innings in his two starts.

Chuck Lofgren (P) -- Lofgren was able to regain his form, going 5 innings while only surrendering a single run. Too many base runners, but he managed to keep most of them from crossing the plate.

Darren Ford (OF) -- Ford did his job by getting on base. He posted a .296 batting average, took 6 walks and stole 3 bases.

COASTING

Justin Fitzgerald (P) -- Fitzgerald's outing was a bit disappointing, as he gave up 5 runs over 6.1 innings.

Alex Hinshaw (RP) -- The middle reliever did his job this week going 3 innings over 3 appearances and only allowing a single earned run during that stretch.

Chris Dominguez (3B) -- Dominguez lacked the spark this week, but he managed to hit for his normal average. The disappointing stat: 1 RBI for the week.

Heath Hembree (RP) -- Hembree managed to convert on his 2 save appearances this week, although in one of the games he managed to load the bases.

Clayton Tanner (P) -- Tanner continued the trend of going less that 6 innings per outing. This time, however, he gave up 4 runs over 5.1 innings. The bad news for Tanner was that he was also designated of assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Eric Surkamp. I would suspect that Tanner will rejoin the team sometime this week, assuming he clears waivers and re-signs with the team.

GROUNDED

Johnny Monell (C) -- It tends to be a roller coaster with Monell. Last week, he was amazing. This week he went 2 for 14.

Wes Hodges (1B) -- Typically, a .238 batting average doesn't warrant being placed in this category. However, we've gotten accustomed to Hodges putting up better numbers.

Charlie Culberson (2B) -- A .087 batting average and 7 strikeouts is not going to cut it during a playoff run. This needs to get righted quickly.

Roger Kieschnick (RF) -- The week was not looking good for Kieschnick as he was hitting .176. It only got worse when he was placed on the disabled list.


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