Masterpiece from Maday Carries Squirrels, 4-1
RICHMOND, VA - Richmond right-hander Daryl Maday turned in an eight-inning masterpiece as the Flying Squirrels raced past the New Britain Rock Cats, 4-1, in front of 3,435 at The Diamond on Tuesday night. With the victory, Richmond claims the three-game series from New Britain and will have their second opportunity of the home stand for a series sweep in Wednesday's finale.
Pitching dominated the early portion of the ballgame as Maday and New Britain starter Tyler Robertson battled through five scoreless innings. Maday worked briskly, facing the minimum through five innings despite allowing a lone single to Alexander Sota in the third inning. Robertson's road wasn't as smooth as he fought back excellent scoring chances for the Squirrels in both the third and fifth innings. In both frames, Richmond had a runner to third with less than two outs and failed to break through.
Robertson departed to a no-decision after his five scoreless innings of work, and Richmond was finally able to break through against the bullpen, plating a pair of runs off of Spencer Steedley in the sixth inning. Steedley got himself into trouble with a pair of two-out walks issued to Thomas Neal and Conor Gillaspie. Michael Ambort brought both home for a 2-0 lead when he rifled a double over the head of center fielder Ben Revere. Steedley (1-1) was tagged with the loss for New Britain.
Richmond also recorded two runs off of Steedley's successor Henry Arias in the seventh. Again a walk opened the door, as Arias put Jackson Williams aboard to lead off the inning. Nick Noonan followed with a single to right field and Williams scored on a throwing error as Chris Parmalee tried to cut him down at third base. Sharlon Schoop followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring for Richmond, the Flying Squirrels resting on a 4-0 advantage.
Meanwhile, Maday (2-0) continued to cruise. He breezed through eight scoreless innings, running a personal scoreless string to 16 2/3 innings while winning for the second straight start at The Diamond. His start now represents the longest outing in franchise history, and also establishes a new career-high for the right-hander.
New Britain capped the scoring with a run against left-hander Andy Sisco in the ninth inning. However, that run came home when Sisco got a double-play ball off the bat of Steve Singleton with the bases loaded and nobody out. Sisco then closed out the win by retiring Rene Tosoni, as the Flying Squirrels improved to 5-1 on their first home stand at The Diamond.
The finale of the three-game series with the Rock Cats is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Wednesday night at The Diamond. RHP David Mixon (1-1, 4.09) will make the start for Richmond against RHP Mike McCardell for New Britain.
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