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Taylor and Skirrow Shine, But Fightins Drops Game One at Richmond

May 15, 2024 - Eastern League (EL)
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(Richmond, VA) - A four-run eighth inning propelled the Richmond Flying Squirrels (13-21) to a 6-4 win over the Reading Fightin Phils (16-18) on Wednesday night from the Diamond.

With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth, Mitch Neunborn (L, 1-1) returned for a second inning of work after a scoreless seventh frame. With one out in the frame, Jairo Pomares reached on a throwing error from Reading shortstop Robert Moore. Then, with two outs the Flying Squirrels bats went to work.

Jimmy Glowenke singled off Neunborn, moving pinch-runner Vaun Brown to third base. Grant McCray followed with a double to score both Brown and Glowenke and put Richmond up 4-2. Luis Toribio followed with a double to score McCray and keep the rally going. Adrian Sugastey then singled home Toribio to make it 6-2 and end the night for Neunborn. Tristan Garnett would enter and end the inning.

Reading did show fight in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs. Casey Martin reached on an error from Toribio. Robert Moore then crushed a double to center to score Martin and Make it 6-3. With two outs, Carson Taylor had his third hit of the night and second RBI to plate Moore and make it 6-4. But, Tyler Myrick struck out Ethan Wilson to end the game.

The Fightin Phils did strike first in the game, with two runs in the top of the first. Moore led off the game with a double, his first of two on the night. Taylor then doubled home his first RBI of the night, as Moore scored to make it 1-0. Caleb Ricketts singled home Taylor a couple of batters later to make it 2-0.

Richmond responded with two in the bottom of the second off of Reading starter Noah Skirrow, but just one of the runs was earned. It was the best start of the season for Skirrow, as the righty went a season-high six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, with three strikeouts.

Ryan Murphy started on the mound for Richmond and surrendered just the two first-inning runs, with four strikeouts, but did not factor into the decision. Wil Jensen (W, 2-2) shined in relief, allowing just one hit and no runs over 1.1 innings pitched, with one strikeout for the Flying Squirrels.

The Fightin Phils and Flying Squirrels return to the field Thursday at 5:05 p.m. for a doubleheader. RHP Efrain Contreras will start game one for Reading, opposite RHP Hayden Birdsong for Richmond. In game two, LHP Lachlan Wells will toe the rubber for Reading, opposite TBA for the Flying Squirrels. A video stream is available via MiLB TV or the Bally Live App.

Reading returns home from Tuesday, May 21 through Sunday, May 26, for a six-game series against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Mets). Tuesday is a School Kid Education Day, thanks to Rip It Baseballtown Charities and MLB Playdown. On Wednesday, Capital Blue Cross Hard Work in School Tickets are accepted. Friday night features fireworks, presented by Feesers. Saturday is the first Carpenter MEGA Blast Fireworks show of the season, thanks to Penn State Health St. Joseph. The series concludes on Sunday with an appearance from Ed's Dinosaurs Live, presented by Pepsi. To buy tickets, call 610-370-BALL, go to rphils.com/tickets, or in person at the Customers Bank Ticket Office. The Fightin Phils Brentwood Industries Team Store is open both in-person and online 24/7 at rphils.com/shop.

The 2024 R-Phils season is presented by Pepsi. Follow the Fightin Phils on Twitter @ReadingFightins, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram @Fightins.


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