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April 16, 2018 - Eastern League (EL) - Richmond Flying Squirrels News Release

Richmond Flying Squirrels (7-3)


Bowie Baysox (6-3)

The Flying Squirrels first homestand of the season continues tonight at 6:35 p.m. Richmond completed a three-game sweep of the Reading Fightin Phils on Sunday afternoon with a game-winning base hit from Jerry Sands. The Squirrels are off to a 7-3 start, their best record in franchise history through ten games. Richmond welcomes the Bowie Baysox to town for the first four of 20 meetings between the two teams.

Pitching Matchups

RHP Michael Kelly (0-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Cory Taylor (1-0, 3.72)

LHP John Means (0-0, 3.97) vs. RHP Shaun Anderson (1-1, 3.27)

RHP Jordan Kipper (1-0, 3.38) vs. RHP Jordan Johnson (1-1, 3.86)

LHP Keegan Akin (0-2, 7.00) vs. LHP Matt Gage (0-0, 2.45)

RVA Acorns:

Ryan Howard enters the series hitting a robust .368, good for 7th in the Eastern League. Bowie's Corban Joseph ranks second with a .419 average.

The Squirrels are 18 of 23 in stolen base attempts. The 18 successful steals are first in the league and six more than any other team.

The Squirrels were 10-12 last year vs. Bowie. Taylor made four starts against the Baysox (0-2, 4.34). Johnson appeared in four games (two starts) against the Baysox with a 1-2 record and a 2.41 ERA.

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Jonah Arenado collected a pair of hits on Sunday, both on 0-2 counts.

Ryan Howard has hit safely in seven consecutive games. Howard has only been hitless in one contest this year, Opening Night in Trenton.

Matt Lipka worked another pair of walks on Sunday. He leads the league with nine free passes. He currently ranks fourth in the league in OBP (.464).

Lipka's go-ahead homer was his first as a Squirrel. He had nine last season with the Down East Wood Ducks in the Carolina League.

The walkoff was the first for Richmond in 2018.

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