Fisher Cats sweep twinbill from Squirrels
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats scored three runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 4-1 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday night in Richmond, Va.
Then the Fisher Cats scored four in the top of the seventh in the nightcap to sweep the twinbill with a 4-3 win.
New Hampshire swept the three-game series and begins a three-game set tonight at Bowie, Md., against the Baysox.
In the opener, New Hampshire loaded the bases on a Harold Ramirez single, a throwing error by Richmond reliever Tyler Cyr, and a Jake Thomas walk. Derrick Loveless’ infield single, which hit off Cyr’s glove, scored Ramirez, and Jonathan Davis followed with a two-run single to score Tim Lopes and Thomas.
New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Davis led off with a walk and scored on Ryan McBroom’s single.
Richmond tied it up in the second as Brandon Bednar led off with a double, advanced on a groundout, and scored on McBroom’s fielding error at first.
Conner Greene (3-5) threw six innings of five-hit ball, allowing one unearned run, to get the win for New Hampshire. Jose Fernandez pitched a scoreless seventh for his fifth save. He struck out one.
Cyr (2-1) took the loss, allowing three hits and three runs, all unearned. He walked two and struck out one. Richmond starter Cory Taylor threw six innings, allowing one hit and one run. He walked five and struck out four.
Richmond took a 3-0 lead after six innings in the nightcap. The Squirrels took a 2-0 lead in the first as Myles Schroder led off with a triple and scored on Miguel Gomez’s single. Jerry Sands doubled Gomez to third and scored on Bednar’s RBI groundout.
Schroder led off the fifth with a single, went to third on Gomez’s double, and scored on a Bednar sacrifice fly.
Richmond’s Matt Gage held the Fisher Cats in check, allowing no runs and three hits in six innings. But New Hampshire exploded in the seventh off reliever Jarret Martin. McBroom walked, Gunnar Heidt singled him to third, and McBroom scorfed on Andrew Guillotte’s single to make it 2-1.
Colin Balester replaced Martin on the mound and was greeted by Alex Monsalve’s single, which loaded the bases. With two away, Davis cleared the bases with a three-rund double, which gave the Fisher Cats a 4-3 lead.
Andrew Case got his first save of the season, pitching a perfect seventh for New Hampshire. Kender Villegas (1-0) got the win with an inning of one-hit relief.
Starter Francisco Rios went the first three innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out four.
Chris Rowley went two frames in relief, allowing a run on two hits. He walked two and struck out one.