The Flying Squirrels opened up a three game series in Bowie on Monday night with a season-high 16 hits -15 of them singles- in a wild 8-6 victory. The win snapped the Squirrels (7-12) three-game losing streak.Richmond provided eight runs for starter Tyler Beede (1-1), who went six innings to earn the win. Second baseman Ali Castillo had four hits and Austin Slater added three in the affair. Game two of the series is on Tuesday night at 6:35 PM.
The Baysox jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a run in the first and another in the second. Julio Bourbon tripled off Squirrels starter Tyler Beede to open the first. Beede’s former college teammate Mike Yastrzemski then grounded a ball to second base to score the run for a 1-0 lead. Bowie’s Quincy Latimore made it 2-0 with a moonshot homer run over the left field wall to begin the second frame.
Richmond came back and took the lead with four runs plated againstJayson Aquino in the top of the third. With one out and runners on the corners, Christian Arroyo grounded a ball to short for the Squirrels first run. Austin Slater then tied the game, 2-2, with a base hit to center field. The Squirrels went ahead on a Carlos Moncrief double. Moncrief scored the fourth run on asharp base hit off the bat of Hunter Cole.
Bowie got a run back in the bottom of the third, trimming the Squirrels lead to 4-3. Richmond retaliated with a three-run top of the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. The Squirrels piled up five base hits in the fourth against Aquino, with a two-run single from Christian Arroyo and a run-scoring base hit from Austin Slater. Slater had three hits in the contest.
Aquino was finished after the fourth and was hit with the loss in his third outing with Bowie. Aquino allowed seven runs (three earned) on 11 hits with one strikeout in the defeat. The lefty was replaced by Stefan Crichton to start the sixth. Richmond picked up a quick run off Crichton for a 8-3 advantage, starting with Myles Schroder getting hit by a pitch. Schroder stole second and scored on the third of four hits on the day delivered by Ali Castillo. The five run lead was enough for Tyler Beede, earning the win in his fourth start of the season. Bowie cut into the lead, 8-4, off Beede in his final inning.Yastrzemski and Corban Joseph singled to open the stanza, leading to an RBIgroundout by Bowie Catcher Chance Sisco. Beede (1-1) was through after six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits in the win.
Down 8-4, the Baysox chipped away over the final three innings to bring the potential winning run to the plate in the ninth. Squirrels reliever Christian Jones allowed a run in the seventh due to a leadoff walk. Jones lasted one inning and handed the ball to Dan Slania for the eighth. Slania retired the side in order, setting up a potential save situation for Squirrels righty Jake Smith. Smith yielded a walk and single to star the ninth, but struckout the next two hitters. Bowie leadoff man Julio Borbon then made it an 8-6 contest, extending the game for Yastrzemeski with two runners on. Smith punched out Yastrzemeski to end the contest and snap the Squirrels three-game losing streak.
The Flying Squirrels road trip continues Tuesday at 6:35 PM in Bowie with LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-0, 2.30) on the mound for the Squirrels vs. Baysox RHP Joe Gunkle (0-3, 4.50) Season tickets, mini plans, and group packages are currently available by contacting the box office at 804-359-FUNN or online at www.squirrelsbaseball.com.