Solo homers, solid pitching lift Richmond Flying Squirrels in opener

richmond flying squirrelsJalen Miller, Heath Quinn, and Johneshwy Fargas each hit a solo home run to help the Richmond Flying Squirrels edge the Bowie Baysox, 3-2, on Monday at Prince George’s Stadium.

With the game tied at two in the top of the ninth, Fargas crushed a solo shot off Bowie (5-19) right-hander Pedro Araujo (Loss, 0-1) to put Richmond (9-12) in front.

Right-hander Sam Wolff (Save, 2) tossed a perfect ninth inning to secure the win and earn the save.

The Baysox started the scoring with a run in the second inning against right-hander Logan Webb. With two outs, Preston Palmeiro doubled and later scored on a single from Alexis Torres to give the Baysox a 1-0 lead.

Miller tied the game with a solo blast in the third, his team-leading fifth home run of the season. Miller has now homered in back-to-back games for the second time this season.

Webb struck out three of the last four batters he faced to set a new career high with 10 strikeouts. The right-hander allowed just one run over six innings while scattering six hits and issuing zero walks to register Richmond’s second quality start this season. Over his last 11.0 innings, Webb has 19 strikeouts and one walk.

Richmond retook the lead in the eighth on Quinn’s homer, his first at the Double-A level. Quinn finished the game 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to a season-best four games.

Connor Overton (Win, 2-0) tossed a scoreless seventh inning but allowed the tying run to score in the bottom of the eighth. T.J. Nichting led off the inning with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Zach Jarrett to tie the game at 2-2.

Fargas’ go-ahead home run in the ninth gave Richmond its second consecutive three-homer game and third of the season.

The Flying Squirrels continue their series with the Bowie Baysox on Tuesday at Prince George’s Stadium, when left-hander Conner Menez (1-1, 1.31 ERA) starts for Richmond against Bowie right-hander Marcos Molina (0-3, 3.63). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m., and coverage begins with the Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup presented by Air Force Reserve at 10:35.

Richmond returns to The Diamond to begin a six-game homestand on Thursday, May 2, featuring a three-game series against the Altoona Curve and a three-game set with the Trenton Thunder. As part of the 10 memorable past promotions series, fans in attendance can enter to win a gently-used car. The winner will be announced on the field postgame before In-Your-Face Fireworks.

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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