Four Richmond hurlers combine in 1-0 shutout of Reading

richmond-squirrelsFour Richmond hurlers combined as the Flying Squirrels (69-68) blanked the Reading Fightin Phils (59-78), 1-0, at FirstEnergy Stadium on Wednesday night.  The shutout was the league-leading 15th of the year for the Squirrels.  With the win the Squirrels remain alive in the Western Division post-season race, now trailing Erie by 3 ½ games.  Richmond has five games remaining.

Reading lefty Jesse Biddle walked Kelby Tomlinson, the first batter of the ballgame.  Skyler Stromsmoe followed and yanked Biddle’s first pitch into the left-field corner.  An out later, Adam Duvall grounded out and brought Tomlinson home for a 1-0 lead.

The double for Stromsmoe was the only hit Biddle (5-14) allowed on the night.  However, the night was a short one as Biddle walked seven and departed after just three innings.  He struck out four and took his league-leading 14th defeat of the year.

Richmond left-hander Ryan Bradley made a spot-start and turned in a strong four-inning performance.  He did not allow a run on three hits, departing before becoming eligible for the win.

Fightins’ righty Juan Sosa took over for Biddle and tossed four scoreless innings.  Richmond right-hander Jose Valdez (3-2) followed Bradley and tossed two scoreless frames for the win.  Left-hander Phil McCormick turned in a scoreless seventh.  Fellow left-hander Josh Osich followed McCormick and took it the rest of the way.  Osich finished the night with a rapid 1-2-3 ninth inning,

The finale of the four-game series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday night.  Richmond LHP Chris Gloor (9-7, 3.87) will make the start against RHP Perci Garner (0-0, 1.93).  The Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup will begin on Sports Radio 910, www.sportsradio910.com and IHeart Radio at 6:35 p.m.

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