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Richmond Flying Squirrels rally to defeat Akron RubberDucks, 6-4

Chris Graham

Richmond Flying SquirrelsWade Meckler delivered a go-ahead single in part of a two-run seventh inning to give the Richmond Flying Squirrels a 6-4 comeback win over the Akron RubberDucks Saturday night at The Diamond.

The Flying Squirrels (19-18), the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, welcomed their 5 millionth fan in franchise history and continue to lead Double-A in overall and average attendance.

Tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Hayden Cantrelle drew a walk then stole second and third. Simon Whiteman walked and Meckler bashed an RBI single to right field, sending the Flying Squirrels to a one-run lead.

Later in the inning, Marco Luciano walked with the bases loaded to pad the Richmond advantage to 6-4.

Blake Rivera (Win, 1-1) worked two scoreless innings over the seventh and eighth. Evan Gates (Save, 4) stranded a pair of runners in the top of the ninth with a flyout, groundout and a strikeout.

The RubberDucks pulled ahead, 1-0, in the first inning off an RBI double from Bryan Lavastida.

Jose Tena padded the Akron lead to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning.

Cantrelle drew a one-out walk and Meckler batted a single to put runners at first and second. Vaun Brown crushed a three-run homer to center field and gave the Flying Squirrels a 3-2 lead. It was Brown’s first Double-A homer.

The RubberDucks fought back with two solo home runs from Jonathan Rodriguez and Gabriel Rodriguez in the top of the fourth to capture a 4-3 lead.

With a runner at third and one out in the fourth inning, Riley Mahan evened the score, 4-4, with a sacrifice fly to plate Carter Aldrete.

The homestand concludes Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m. at The Diamond. Sunday is Disability Inclusion Day where the Flying Squirrels team up with Friendship Circle of Virginia to celebrate inclusion for fans of all abilities. Pre-Game Catch on the Field presented by Nesquik will take place from 12:45 to 1:05 and all kids ages 14 and under are invited to run the bases following the game with Post-Game Kids Run the Bases presented by Richmond Family Magazine.

Right-hander Mason Black (0-3, 4.62) will start for Richmond opposed by Akron right-hander Tanner Burns (2-1, 2.93).

Tickets are available online at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or in person at the Flying Squirrels ticket office.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].