RICHMOND, Va., April 29 – Richmond’s Dylan Davis continues to be a thorn in the side of the Hartford Yard Goats. Davis hit a towering home run in the seventh inning to break a tie ballgame and lift the Flying Squirrels to a 3-2 Eastern League victory Sunday afternoon over the Hartford Yard Goats at the Diamond.
After tying a team record with seven straight victories, the Yard Goats (11-11) have dropped two straight to Richmond, now 14-8.
Davis’ fifth home run of the season was his ninth hit in 22 at bats against Hartford. This time, the game-winning hit came off southpaw reliever Mitch Horacek.
Left handed pitcher Jack Wynkoop threw only 62 pitches and gave Hartford a quality start, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out one, lowering his ERA to 3.86.
Meanwhile, Shaun Anderson, acquired by the San Franciso Giants from the Boston Red Sox for Eduardo Nunez last season, held the Yard Goats scoreless through five innings, but Hartford tied the game in the sixth inning.
Sam Hilliard and Brian Mundell delivered back-to-back singles, and then with two outs, Bobby Wernes singled to right field to knock in one run. On the same play, Mundell scored the tying run on an overthrow to the plate by Matt Lipka.
Ray Black notched his fourth save, retired the Goats in order in the ninth inning, two on strike outs.
Richmond took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Ronnie Jebavy reached second on an infield single and overthrow by third baseman Wernes. He moved to third on a ground out and scored on Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly.
The Yard Goats threatened in the third inning on a two-out single by Yonathan Daza, a walk to Brendan Rodgers and a double steal. But Anderson struck out Hilliard to end the inning.
Anderson helped his own cause in the third inning, when he hit a wind-blown opposite field double off the warning track in right field. Following a Ronnie Jebavy single, Anderson scored on a sacrifice fly by Ali Castillo.
The Yard Goats hit the road to begin a three-game series in Harrisburg on Monday.
Richmond 3, Hartford 2
Hartford (11-11) 000 002 000 – 2-5-1
Richmond (14-8) 101 000 10x – 3-11-4
Jack Wynkoop, Mike Horacek (7), Marc Magliano (7) and Chris Robago; Shaun Anderson, Dusten Knight (7), Dan Slania (8), Ray Black (9) and Aramis Garcia; WP: Knight (2-0); LP: Horacek (1-1); H: Slania 2, Save: Black 4; 2B: Anderson (Ri); HR: Davis (Ri)
Richmond 9, Hartford 4
Richmond used five extra-base hits including home runs from Luigi Rodriguez and Jerry Sands to snap Hartford’s seven-game winning streak with a 9-4 victory on Saturday night before 7,781 fans.
Hartford overcame an early three-run lead by Richmond, tying the game on Brian Mundell’s three-run over the left field wall in the third inning. But the game didn’t remain tied for long on Rodriguez’s opposite field home run near the left field foul pole in the bottom of the third inning.
Richmond, which snapped a three-game losing streak, broke the game open in the fifth inning when Jerry Sands belted a three-run home run off Hartford reliever Craig Schlitter to extend the lead to 8-3.
Omar Carrizales led the Hartford attack with three hits. Brian Mundel added two hits and three RBI with his three-run home run and Sam Hilliard had two hits. Rodriguez had three hits to lead Richmond’s 13-hit attack.
Richmond 9, Hartford 4
At Richmond (Saturday, April 30)
Hartford (11-10) 003 001 000 — 4-9-1
Richmond (13-8) 302 031 00x — 9-13-0
Parker French, Craig Schlitter (5), Max Schuh (6), Scott Griggs (7), Jason Garcia (8) and Chris Rabago; Cory Taylor, Ryan Halstrad (6), Mike Connelly (8), Caleb Simpson (9) and Ronnie Freeman; WP: Taylor (3-1), LP: French; 2B: Dylan Davis (Ri), Jonah Arenado (Ri); 3B: Miquel Gomez (Ri); HR: Brian Mundell (H), Luigi Rodriguez (Ri), Jerry Sands (Ri)