Flying Squirrels fall to RubberDucks in extras, again

Richmond Flying SquirrelsJin-De Jhang tied the game in the ninth inning with a pinch-hit, two-out, RBI single, but the Richmond Flying Squirrels fell to the Akron RubberDucks, 4-3, in 10 innings on Friday at Canal Park.

Trailing, 3-2, in the top of the ninth inning, Jhang pinch-hit for Matt Winn with Jacob Heyward at first. After Heyward stole second base, Jhang smacked a line drive to right-center field to bring in the tying run.

Caleb Simpson (Loss, 1-3) retired Akron (58-72, 23-37) in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. It was the fifth straight extra-inning game for Richmond (48-81, 25-37) and the sixth in the last seven games.

It was the 21st extra-inning game of the season for the Flying Squirrels, extending the franchise record for the most in single season. Richmond has played more extra-inning games this season than any team in minor league baseball.

After Argenis Angulo (Win, 3-2) kept the Flying Squirrels from scoring in the top of the 10th inning, Trenton Brooks smacked a 2-2 pitch from Simpson over Heliot Ramos’ head in center field to bring in the winning run and give the RubberDucks their second consecutive walk-off win.

Akron plated the game’s first run in the third inning against Alfred Gutierrez. After Nolan Jones walked and moved to second on a double, he later scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Call.

Bart tied the game in the top of the fourth with a solo home run to left field. Later in the inning, Zach Houchins singled to left field and scored on a two-out single by Johneshwy Fargas to put the Flying Squirrels up, 2-1.

Bart finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run, his third home run in 13 games with Richmond. It was the sixth consecutive game with a home run for the Flying Squirrels, a new season-long for most consecutive games with at least one home run.

Akron tied the game in the fifth when Bradley Zimmer smacked a solo home run over the right-center field fence. Zimmer played six innings in a rehab appearance with the RubberDucks, finished the game 1-for-4 with a home run and two strikeouts.

The RubberDucks pulled in front in the sixth when Mitch Longo doubled and later scored on a wild pitch.

Robert Broom retired all nine batters he faced in three perfect innings of relief for Akron.

The Flying Squirrels continue their series against the Akron RubberDucks on Friday when right-hander Ryan Halstead (2-5, 3.52 ERA) starts opposite left-hander Sam Hentges (2-12, 5.49 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and coverage begins with the Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup at 6:35 p.m. on Sports Radio 910 the Fan and 105.1 FM.

Following an eight-game road trip, the Flying Squirrels return to The Diamond on Friday, August 30, to begin the final homestand of the season, featuring four games against the Bowie Baysox.

For tickets or more information, call 804-359-3866 (FUNN), visit SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets or stop by the Flying Squirrels box office.



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