Hague, Karns Lead Sens to Doubleheader Sweep in Richmond
Richmond, VA - Ricky Hague hit a game-winning home run to secure game one and the Senators cruised from the start in game two, earning a doubleheader sweep of the Richmond Flying Squirrels at The Diamond, 3-2 and 5-1.
Game one went back-and-forth the entire contest. The Senators scored a run in the first with the help of a Richmond error and an RBI single by Justin Bloxom. The Flying Squirrels responded with one in the bottom half on Angel Villalona's two-out RBI double.
After Villalona's solo homer put Richmond on top 2-1 in the third, the Senators responded in the fourth. With two out, Billy Burns, who had two hits and scored a pair of runs, singled and advanced to second on another Richmond error. He came around on a single from Brian Goodwin. It was Goodwin's first hit in four games since returning from the disabled list.
Hague's home run came leading off the seventh. It was his eighth of the season and his first in over a month. After Robbie Ray tossed the first five innings and struck out five, Tyler Herron and Aaron Barrett shut the door with a pair of shutout frames. Herron earned his fifth win and Barrett recorded save number 25.
In game two, the Senators started fast and never looked back, scoring twice in the first and third innings. Goodwin had a double and a solo home run in his first two at-bats. Burns walked in his first at-bat and later scored. In his second at-bat, he doubled and then circled the bases after a throwing error by left-fielder Javier Herrera.
Jerad Head, who was 2-for-3 with a double, padded the Senators lead with an RBI single in the sixth inning. Richmond scored their lone run in the seventh, but left the tying run in the on-deck circle.
Nathan Karns tossed a complete game and came one out away from a shutout. The right-hander gave up six hits, walked one and struck out eight, moving to 8-6 on the season.
Tomorrow, the Senators conclude their three-game series in Richmond against the Flying Squirrels and go for the sweep. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard on 1460am The Ticket, on the Internet through the Senators website, and it's available through iHeart Radio beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m.
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