Manchester, NH - Derrick Loveless hit his first homer of the year, and Jon Harris was in line for his sixth win, but the Richmond Flying Squirrels scored twice in the ninth to steal a 6-5 win from the Fisher Cats on Friday Night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
With New Hampshire leading 5-4 in the ninth, Richmond's Daniel Carbonell hit a lead-off double down the third base line. He would eventually score on a double by T.J. Bennett, who was thrown out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Caleb Gindle then tripled off the left field wall, and scored the winning run on a sac fly from C.J. Hinojosa.
The Fisher Cats went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, with two strikeouts from Tyler Cyr (S, 15). The teams stayed scoreless until the fourth inning, when New Hampshire broke through with four runs. Lourdes Gurriel and Emilio Guerrero hit back-to-back one-out singles, and Gunnar Heidt slapped an RBI base knock to right field.
Guerrero moved to third on the play, and scored on a single from Alex Monsalve. Derrick Loveless doubled the Fisher Cats lead to 4-0 with a two-run homer to center field, his first of the season. Richmond answered quickly with three runs in the top of the fifth. Carbonell, T.J. Bennett and Caleb Gindl all singled to load the bases with one away. C.J. Hinojosa lined a base hit to left to make it 4-1, which brought up Aramis Garcia. Garcia hit a would-be double play ball to second base.
Tim Lopes flipped to Richard Urena for the first out, but the turn to first glanced off the glove of Guerrero at first base, and two runs came in to score. With the lead narrowed to 4-3, Anthony Alford gave the Fisher Cats some cushion in the fifth, hitting a sacrifice fly to extend the edge to 5-3.
Jon Harris held the Flying Squirrels to three earned runs in five innings with one walk and four strikeouts, but left the game with runners on the corners and nobody out. Danny Young came on in relief to limit the damage, and Andrew Case retired all four men he faced out of the bullpen.
The Flying Squirrels broke through against All-Star Dusty Isaacs (L, 3-3) in the ninth inning rally. Ryan Halstead (W, 2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Richmond. The homestand continues with the Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) in town for two more games. Fans can enjoy live music and Atlas Fireworks on Saturday, and with Harry Potter Day on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. For tickets and information, visit NHFisherCats.com.
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