Richmond Flying Squirrels drop second straight, fall to Senators, 6-3
The Flying Squirrels attacked first in the second inning when Kyle Mottice knocked his third double of the season to score Frankie Tostado, putting Richmond ahead, 1-0.
Harrisburg claimed a 2-1 lead in the second off a two-run home run from KJ Harrison with Richmond’s starter Tristan Beck (Loss, 1-2) on the mound.
The Senators added on with an RBI single from Ian Sagdal in the third inning that pushed Harrisburg ahead, 3-1.
Beck finished his start with 4.1 innings pitched and allowed season highs in hits (six), runs (four) and strikeouts (five). With two runners on, Flying Squirrels’ right-hander Matt Seelinger entered the game in the fifth inning, bouncing a wild pitch that scored Osvaldo Duarte and pushed Harrisburg ahead, 4-1.
Seelinger struck out a season-high four Senators of the five batters faced in 2.0 innings pitched.
The Senators pulled ahead, 5-1, in the eighth from a bases-loaded walk that scored Nick Banks and a run-scoring grounder with Luis Amaya on the mound for Richmond.
David Villar notched his first three-hit game of the year with three singles and his fourth multi-hit performance.
As a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, Vince Fernandez hammered his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, scoring two to cut the deficit to 6-3.
Harrisburg starter Tim Cate (Win, 1-1) worked a season-high 5.0 innings and allowed one run on eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
The Flying Squirrels and Senators wrap up the series Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Sam Long (0-0, 5.14) will start for Richmond, opposed by Harrisburg right-hander Mario Sanchez (0-2, 6.00). First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at FNB Field.
The Flying Squirrels’ next homestand is May 18-23 against the Bowie Baysox. Tickets are available online at Squirrelsbaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-3866 or at the Flying Squirrels ticket office.