Richmond, VA- The Hartford Yard Goats (72-62) were defeated by the Richmond Flying Squirrels (58-77) by the score of 11-0 on Tuesday night in the second of a four game series at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia. Hartford has been shutout in back-to-back games for the first time all season. The Flying Squirrels scored three runs (1 ER) in the first inning off Hartford starter Zach Jemiola. The right-hander turned in a quality start and retired the final 14 batters faced and it was a 3-0 game in the eighth inning. However, Richmond scored eight runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a pair of home runs by Tyler Horan. Flying Squirrels starter Andrew Suarez pitched well in seven scoreless innings. Six-time MLB All-Star closer Joe Nathan pitched the ninth inning for Richmond.
The Flying Squirrels scored three times in the first inning off Hartford starter Zach Jemiola. Steven Duggar opened the frame with a double and after a fielding error, Chris Shaw cracked a two run double scoring Duggar and Tyler Horan for a 2-0 Richmond lead.
The Yard Goats could not get anything going against Richmond starter Andrew Suarez who retired the side in order in the second and fifth innings and hurled seven scoreless. Meanwhile, Jemiola found his groove and retired the final 14 batters faced and turned in a quality start in six innings.
It was a 3-0 game going to the eighth inning when Richmond scored eight runs off the Yard Goats bullpen. Tyler Horan began the rally with a solo home run, his first of two during the frame. Hartford relievers walked and hit a batter with the bases loaded before Christian Arroyo cracked a 3RBI base clearing double, making it 9-0. Horan followed by blasting a 2-run homer and giving the Flying Squirrels an 11-0 edge.
The Yard Goats continue a four game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Wednesday night (7:05 PM) at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia. LHP Sam Howard will pitch for the Yard Goats. The game will be broadcast live on News Radio 1410 WPOP.