Squirrels fly past Fishers for twinbill sweep
MANCHESTER — Jack Snodgrass didn’t give the New Hampshire Fisher Cats much to hit Thursday night.
In his first start since coming off the disabled list, Snodgrass held the Fisher Cats to four base hits to help the Richmond Flying Squirrels post a 6-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader sweep.
In game two, Matt Newman accounted for all of the Fisher Cats' offense with 3 RBIs, but the Squirrels won, 4-3, to complete the sweep.
In the opener, Snodgrass (10-5) pitched the first six innings of the seven-inning contest. He surrendered two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out seven. Snodgrass was placed on the disabled list Aug. 2 because of a groin injury.
Shortstop Kevin Nolan, of Nashua, collected two of New Hampshire’s four hits, both of which were singles. He has hit safely in his last 15 games with the Fisher Cats. New Hampshire also got an RBI double from third baseman Andy Burns, and a seventh-inning single from catcher Derrick Chung.
P.J. Walters (1-1) struck out nine in four innings, but took the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and walked two.
The sweep raised Richmond’s record to 70-54. The Flying Squirrels are in first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.
The Fisher Cats dropped to 59-65 overall, and 32-30 at home.
Richmond scored two runs in the first inning, and added a run in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. New Hampshire, which committed three errors, scored a run in the second and a run in the third.
Nolan scored on Yusuf Carter’s sacrifice fly to make it a 2-1 game in the second. A Burns double drove in Jorge Flores with New Hampshire’s other run.
Kelby Tomlinson and Blake Miller each had two hits for Richmond. Tomlinson also stole his league-leading 45th base of the season. Richmond began the game with a league-high 151 stolen bases.
Richmond 4, New Hampshire 3 (Game 2)
The second game was much more of a back-and-forth affair. Newman's first-inning RBI double gave New Hampshire an early lead, but Richmond's Myles Schroder homered to tie it in the third.
In the bottom of the third, Newman hit the first of two sacrifice flies to give the Fishers a 2-1 lead, but Richmond answered again in the fifth with a Ricky Oropesa homer off NH starter Mike Lee to tie it.
Once again, Newman lofted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to give New Hampshire the lead, 3-2, but in the top of the sixth, Devin Harris doubled off reliever Randy Boone to give Richmond the lead for good.
The Fisher Cats will begin a three-game homestand against Akron Friday night at 7:05 p.m.