Brusa homers, but four-run Curve fifth dooms Squirrels
Brusa’s bomb came in the second inning off Altoona (39-34, 4-2) starter James Marvel (Win, 8-5) to give Richmond (27-47, 4-3) an early 1-0 lead.
Caleb Baragar (Loss, 2-1) held the Curve off the board through the first four innings, but yielded four runs in the fifth. After Altoona loaded the bases with a double a two walks, Robbie Glendinnnig doubled to left to plate two and give the Curve a 2-1 lead. Chase Johnson entered in relief to try and end the threat, but allowed a two-run single to Bligh Madris before retiring the side.
Baragar went 4.2 innings – a season-low with Richmond – allowing four runs on four hits while striking out six and walking a career-high six batters.
Johnson continued his strong month, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. In the month of June, Johnson has a 0.75 ERA in six appearances with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
Marvel dazzled the Flying Squirrels for the third time this year, striking out eight across seven innings of one-run ball. In three starts against Richmond this season, Marvel is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA.
The Curve added a run in the eighth against Melvin Adon when Brett Pope singled and later scored on a wild pitch.
Altoona reliever Blake Cederlind finished the game for Altoona with two scoreless innings.
The Flying Squirrels continue their series with the Altoona Curve on Tuesday when left-hander Caleb Baragar (2-0, 2.49 ERA) is slated to start opposite right-hander James Marvel (7-5, 3.36 ERA). First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m., and coverage begins with the Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup presented by Air Force Reserve at 6:05 on Sports Radio 910 the Fan and 105.1 FM.
Tuesday is Arabian Nights Night in Funnville featuring an appearance by a live camel. It’s also Wine Up Wednesday, and fans can enjoy $5 glasses of wine and $6 wine slushies from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week presented by Genworth. The All-Star Week festivities begin on Sunday, July 7 with Mayor Levar Stoney’s All-Star Week Kickoff on Brown’s Island, followed by the All-Star Country Music Jam on Monday, July 8, headlined by Big & Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway. The Celebrity Home Run Derby is Tuesday, July 9 and the festivities wrap up with the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10.
For tickets or more information, call 804-359-3866 (FUNN), visit SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets or stop by the Flying Squirrels box office.