Richmond blanks Hartford for 30th win of 2019 season

Richmond Flying SquirrelsGarrett Williams and Chase Johnson combined to allow one hit to lead the Richmond Flying Squirrels to a 4-0 win over the Hartford Yard Goats in front of 8,411 fans at The Diamond on Saturday.

The 8,411 fans marked the fourth-largest crowd at The Diamond this season.

Williams (Win, 2-7) yielded the lone Hartford (42-36, 4-7) hit of the night in the first inning. He went on to retire the next 10 batters he faced and 18 of the final 20 in his seven scoreless innings. The Richmond (30-48, 7-4) southpaw set a new season high with seven innings and finished his outing with his season-high ninth strikeout. He has not allowed a run across his last 12.0 innings and has a 1.67 ERA in six June starts. He has not allowed a run in four of his last five starts.

Chase Johnson (Save, 1) fired two perfect innings to close out the game and record Richmond’s sixth shutout of the season. It was the third time this year the Flying Squirrels have shut out the Yard Goats.

The Flying Squirrels took the lead three batters into the bottom of the first inning. After Bryce Johnson legged out an infield single and Peter Maris drew a walk, Jalen Miller lined a two-run triple down the right field line against Brandon Gold (Loss, 7-5).

Richmond tacked on two runs in the eighth. Jonah Arenado reached on an error and Johneshwy Fargas walked to set the table for Johnson, who hit a sacrifice fly. Peter Maris doubled home Fargas for the final run of the game.

Johnson recorded his third consecutive multi-hit game. Since joining the Flying Squirrels on June 25, Johnson is batting .438 (7-for-16) with a home run, triple, double, two RBIs, five runs scored and a stolen base.

The Flying Squirrels complete their series against the Hartford Yard Goats and wrap up the seven-game homestand on Sunday when left-hander Caleb Baragar (2-1, 2.98 ERA) is scheduled to start opposite left-hander Matt Whitehouse (1-1, 9.69 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and coverage begins with the Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup presented by Air Force Reserve at 12:35 p.m. on Sports Radio 910 the Fan and 105.1 FM.

Every Sunday in Funnville, families are invited down to the field to play catch in the outfield from 12:15-12:35 PM presented by Nesquik. Fans can enter the field through the Section 107-108 field gate near the first base dugout. Kids can also participate in yoga in the outfield from 12:15-12:35 as part of Youth Yoga Day.

The high-flying Dynamo Dogs bring their Frisbee and dog trick show to Funnville with between-inning performances throughout the game. Gates open at Noon.

Kids 14 and younger can run the bases following Friday and Sunday home games (except May 19) in Funnville presented by Richmond Family Magazine. Kids wanting to run the bases are asked the line up at the Section 107-108 field gate near the first base dugout at the conclusion of the game.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week presented by Genworth. The All-Star Week festivities begin on Sunday, July 7 with Mayor Levar Stoney’s All-Star Week Kickoff on Brown’s Island, followed by the All-Star Country Music Jam on Monday, July 8, headlined by Big & Rich with special guests Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister at Virginia Credit Union LIVE! at Richmond Raceway. The Celebrity Home Run Derby is Tuesday, July 9 and the festivities wrap up with the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10.

For tickets or more information, call 804-359-3866 (FUNN), visit SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets or stop by the Flying Squirrels box office.


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