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Flying Squirrels power past Somerset

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe Richmond Flying Squirrels scored seven straight runs, all on homers, to pull away from the Somerset Patriots in a 7-3 rain-shortened win on Saturday night at The Diamond.

Richmond (36-29) picked up its 10th win in the last 14 games, beating Somerset (40-24) with a season-high four homers.

Down, 3-0, in the bottom of the second, Diego Rincones hit a three-run homer to even the score. Later in the inning, Simon Whiteman lifted a two-run home run to give the Flying Squirrels a 5-3 lead.

In the bottom of the third, Vince Fernandez extended the lead to 6-3 with a solo home run to center field, his team-leading 13th this year and his fifth in the last nine games.

Will Wilson hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth, his first at Double-A, to cap a stretch of seven straight runs scored by the Flying Squirrels against Somerset starter Hayden Wesneski (Loss, 1-4).

The Patriots struck first in the first inning against Richmond starter Trenton Toplikar. Oswlado Cabrera hit an RBI double and Michael Beltre added an RBI single to give Somerset a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the second, Max Burt hit a solo home run to open a 3-0 lead for the Patriots.

Richmond reliever Jose Marte (Win, 2-0) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Sandro Fabian went 3-for-3 for the Flying Squirrels.

Sunday is Unicorn Night at The Diamond with opportunities for fans to pose for photos outside the front gates with a unicorn meet and greet. Kids are encouraged to dress in their best unicorn uniforms and participate in unicorn contests during the game presented by Top Golf. First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. with gates opening at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 804-359-3866 or in person at the Flying Squirrels offices.


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