Richmond, VA- The Richmond Flying Squirrels scored the tie-breaking run on a wild pitch in the 8th inning and then survived a two-base error in the top of the ninth to beat the Hartford Yard Goats, 3-2 Saturday night, before 5,513 at the Diamond.
Richmond, VA- The Richmond Flying Squirrels scored the tie-breaking run on a wild pitch in the 8th inning and then survived a two-base error in the top of the ninth to beat the Hartford Yard Goats, 3-2, Saturday night, before 5,513 at the Diamond.
Richmond snapped the 2-2 deadlock when Slade Heathcott, the former New York Yankee, opened the frame with a single, his third hit of the game and seventh in 12 at bats in the series. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, took third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch by Luis Ramirez.
Hartford made the ninth inning interesting, when Ashley Graeter reached second on a two-base error by right fielder Hunter Cole. But reliever Reyes Moronta, using a 95 MPH fastball and tantalizing curve, struck out the next three Yard Goats to nail down the victory.
The Yard Goats had tied the game in the fourth inning after two outs on a single by Ryan McMahon and a double by Dillon Thomas, who had two of Hartford's six hits. Starting pitcher Yency Almonte, who pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave the Goats a short-lived lead with an RBI double in the top of the fifth, only to have Richmond tie in the last of the fifth on Heathcott's opposite field double to left.
Hartford batters struck out 11 times against three Richmond pitchers.
The Yard Goats go for the split of the season-opening four-game series Sunday at 12:05 p.m. Hartford will pitch LHP Parker French against RHP Cory Taylor. The game can be heard on WPOP-AM 1410.
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