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Richmond Flying Squirrels blow late lead, lose in extras to Rumble Ponies

Richmond Flying SquirrelsThe Richmond Flying Squirrels were one out away from a shutout win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but fell, 2-1, in 10 innings on Tuesday at The Diamond.

With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the ninth, Binghamton (28-18) strung together three straight singles against right-hander Sam Wolff to tie the game. It was Wolff’s first blown save of the year and ended his scoreless streak at 12.1 innings.

In the 10th inning, Andres Gimenez singled off of right-hander Melvin Adon (Loss, 1-4), scoring the placed runner Mike Paez to give the Rumble Ponies their first lead of the game.

Right-hander Austin McGeorge (Save, 1) kept Richmond (17-30) from scoring in the bottom of the 10th to secure the win.

Right-hander Brandon Lawson retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing two hits in the fourth. Lawson tossed five shutout innings, scattering four hits, striking out five and issuing zero walks.

The Flying Squirrels broke the scoreless tie with a run in the sixth against right-hander Harol Gonzalez. Chris Shaw singled with one out and advanced to third on an error in right field by Kevin Kaczmarski. Two pitches later, Jalen Miller poked a single to center to bring in Shaw and give Richmond a 1-0 lead.

Right-hander Ryan Halstead kept Binghamton off the board in the sixth, stranding a leadoff single by Sam Haggerty. Right-hander Raffi Vizcaino fired two perfect innings, striking out the side in the eighth. Vizcaino has now thrown 9.1 scoreless innings since joining Richmond on May 9.

Right-hander Adonis Uceta (Win, 2-2) tosses two scoreless innings to help force the extra frame.

The Flying Squirrels continue their series against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Wednesday, when left-hander Caleb Baragar (1-0, 2.95 ERA) is scheduled to face left-hander David Peterson (2-2, 3.93 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., and coverage begins with the Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup at 6:05 on Sports Radio 910 the Fan and 105.1 FM.

The first 1,000 fans 15 and older will receive a bobblehead of revolutionary war figure and Virginia’s first governor Patrick Henry, who is best known for his famed “liberty or death” speech at St. John’s Church, presented by Bojangles’. Gates open at 5:30 PM.

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.