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Late homer barrage pushes Richmond Flying Squirrels past RubberDucks, 5-3

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels went deep three times in the bottom of the eighth, propelling them to a 5-3 series-finale win over the Akron RubberDucks on Sunday at The Diamond.

The Flying Squirrels (20-18), the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, moved back into first place in the Southwest Division, and split this week’s six-game series against the RubberDucks (19-19).

Marco Luciano, the #2 prospect in the Giants farm system, led off the frame with a solo homer, his fourth of the year., to tie the score, 3-3.

Two batters later, Carter Aldrete homered to center to give the Flying Squirrels a 4-3 lead against Akron reliever Zach Hart.

After a pitching change, Andy Thomas launched a solo homer to right-center, extending the lead to 5-3.

Richmond reliever Raymond Burgos stranded the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to end the game.

The RubberDucks took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-out, two-run homer by Johnathan Rodriguez against Richmond starter Mason Black.

Black, the #10 prospect in the Giants system, worked four innings and allowed two runs with five strikeouts on the day.

In the bottom of the first, Aldrete brought in a run with a groundout and Thomas followed with a two-out RBI single to tie the game, 2-2.

Juan Sanchez took over to start the fifth inning and threw 1.2 scoreless frames with three strikeouts.

The Flying Squirrels open a six-game series in Binghamton on Tuesday morning. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at Mirabito Stadium. Right-hander Kai-Wei Teng (0-2, 2.93) will be on the mound for Richmond.

Following the road trip, the Flying Squirrels for 12 straight home games from May 30-June 11. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or in person at the Flying Squirrels ticket office.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].

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