Squirrels lose, drop series in Altoona

richmond flying squirrelsThe Richmond Flying Squirrels (6-12) dropped the final game of a four game set against the Altoona Curve (8-9) on Sunday by a score a 2-1. The loss gave the Curve the series win, taking the final three games. Richmond starter Kyle Crick pitched well, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings, but suffered the loss. Ali Castillo drove in the lone Richmond run with a sacrifice fly. The Squirrels road trip continues in Bowie on Monday against Baysox.

Richmond propped Crick up to a brief 1-0 lead with a run in the second inning. Tyler Horan and Eliezer Zambrano opened the inning with base hits off of Altoona starting pitcher Clay Holmes. Ali Castillo then followed with his second sacrifice of the series for the lead.

The Curve returned immediate fire in the bottom of the second inning. Reese McGuire reached to open the frame on a sinking liner that was nearly caught by right fielder Hunter Cole. Squirrels starter Kyle Crick lost the next hitter Eric Wood on a 3-2 count, placing runners at first and third. A ground ball procured the second out of the inning but moved runners into second and third. That allowed a base hit from Chris Diaz to plate a pair and give theCurve a 2-1 edge,

Crick (1-2) managed to escape a bases loaded situation in the fifth inning and worked into the sixth in his third start of the year. Crick put runners on the corners with a pair of walks in the sixth and was removed with two outs for reliever Tyler Rogers. Rogers struck out pinch-hitter Edwin Espinal to end the threat and keep the game 2-1. Crick finished with 5 2/3 innings pitched and allowed the two runs on five hits. He added five walks and five strikeouts in the losing effort. –

Clay Holmes was slightly better then Crick to earn the win. Holmes (1-2) limited Richmond to one run on three hits in his fourth start of the season. The righty lasted six innings and walked two on 85 pitched for the victory. Brett McKinney relieved Holmes to start the seventh and hurled a pair of scoreless innings to set up lefty Josh Smith a save opportunity. Smith retired the side in order to earn his first save of the season. The Richmond bullpen was also solid as Rogers hurled 1 1/3 untouched and Ray Black picked up a pair of strikeouts in the eighth. Rogers has not allowed an earned run on the season through ten appearances.

The Flying Squirrels road trip continues Monday at 6:35 PM in Bowie with RHP Tyler Beede (0-1, 4.20) on the mound for the Squirrels vs. Baysox LHP Jayson Aquino (1-1, 4.76) 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.

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