Here is today’s starting lineup:
Flying Squirrels (24-24)
1. Justin Christian, left field
2. Charlie Culberson, second base
3. Nick Noonan, shortstop
4. Juan Perez, center field
5. Roger Kieschnick, right field
6. Johnny Monell, DH
7. Sharlon Schoop, third base
8. Aaron Lowenstein, catcher
9. Ryan Lormand, first base
Pitching: Left-hander Eric Surkamp
Surkamp, the San Francisco Giants No.9 rated prospect according to Baseball America, will be making his first career start against the Aeros. The Cincinnati native has struck out 66 batters this season in 53 innings. He has four starts this season with 10 strikeouts and the fewest amount of strikeouts he has had in a game this season is five. Surkamp is 3-2 with a 1.53 ERA in nine starts.
Pitching: Right-hander Joe Gardner
Gardner is trying to return to form after suffering the worst of his seven starts so far this season when he allowed nine runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. So far this season Gardner is 3-3 with a 4.06 ERA. Walks appear to be his biggest problem as he walked 21 in 31 innings. He has struck out 20.