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Squirrels lose again: Streak goes to 11

richmond flying squirrelsIt happened again on Tuesday. The Flying Squirrels (10-27) dropped another close contest, this time by a final of 3-2 in 11 innings at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, NJ.

It was the 11th consecutive loss for Richmond. Starters KyleCrick and Jordan Montgomery pitched well in no-decision efforts. Squirrels catcher Jeff Arnold tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth with a home run and Trenton DH Jared Mitchell won the contest with a solo blast in the 11th. The two teams will play the middle game of the series on Wednesday morning at 10:35 AM.

The Squirrels return home on Friday, May 20th with a Free Shirt Friday & Happy Hour.

The promotional schedule can be found here.  

The Squirrels found themselves trailing in the first inning yet again on Tuesday in the series opener fromTrenton. Kyle Crick walked two of the first three batters to get the ball rolling for the Thunder. Lane Adams then followed with a base hit to center, scoring Tyler Wade for a 1-0 Thunder lead. Crick managed to work out of therest of the inning but through 30 pitches in the frame. He struck out JaredMitchell to end the inning.

Crick retuned to from in the second inning by retiring the side in order on 13 pitches.  He settled down and turned In his best performance of the season. The righty retired 15 consecutive batters from the end of the first inning to one out in the sixth. Crick punched out a season-high tying six batters in the no-decision.

Despite the solid effort from Crick, the Richmond offense struggled against Thunder LHP Jordan Montgomery. The Squirrels placed a pair of runners on base in the first and again in the fourth but Montgomery was able to pitch around trouble. Montgomery slipped through six innings and no runs on four hits and 99 pitches. He walked two and left with a 2-1 lead –

Trenton forced Crick from the game and grabbed a 2-0 lead in the sixth. Crick walked Dustin Fowler with one out and yielded a double to Tyler Austin to plate a run. That ended the outing for Crick and Tyler Mizenko was summoned from the bullpen with a runner on second. Mizenko walked the first man Lane Adams and then got the next two batters out to end the inning. Crick ended the game with 5 /13 innings pitched, two runs on two hits with three walks on 95 pitches.

Trenton’s J.R. Graham relieved Montgomery in the seventh inning and allowed a run, bringing the Squirrels back trailing 2-1. With two outs, Ali Castillo smacked a double ot left center field. Myles Schroder was then hit by a pitch and Christian Arroyo delivered the run win a base hit down the right field line. Graham loaded the bases but stranded the runners by getting a ground out off the bat of Tyler Horan.  Graham pithed into the eighth inning and struck out the first two batters in Hunter Cole and Ryder Jones. Trenton then removed Graham from the game in facor of Jonathan Holder and the Squirrels promptly tied the game at 2-2 on Jeff Arnold home run to left center field. Neither team could score in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.

Richmond threated first in extras by loading the bases with one out in the tenth off Holder. Richmond left all three runners aboard, allowing Trenton the opportunity to win the game in the 12th inning.  The Squirrels pen of Mizenko, Ray Black and Tyler Rogers kept the Thunder off the board until two outs in the 12th inning.  Jared Mitchell hit the game winner, a homer to center field off reliever Dan Slania, hading Richmond their 11th consecutive loss.

Richmond continues the road trip in Trenton on Wednesday morning at 10:35 AM. LHP Adalberto Mejia is scheduled to start against Trenton RHP Cale Coshow. Richmond will return home on Friday, May 20th with a Free Shirt Friday and Happy Hour presented by Capital One. A full promotional schedule can be found here. Season tickets, mini plans, and group packages are currently available by contacting the box office at 804-359-FUNN or online at www.squirrelsbaseball.com.



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