RICHMOND, Va. – After three straight road defeats in Maryland, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats finally found a southern win on Friday night, defeating the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-2 thanks to some late heroics.
Richmond scored in the second off Gio Brusa’s fourth homer of the year and added another run in the bottom of the fifth following Santiago Espinal’s fourth home run of the year earlier in the inning.
New Hampshire tied things up once again in the seventh, as Nash Knight’s line drive to right allowed Vinny Capra to score, but they couldn’t obtain the lead outright until the ninth.
There, Riley Adams’ single to right brought Capra home again as well as Chad Spanberger, providing a two-run lead that gave Vinny Nittoli more than enough of a cushion while retiring the Squirrels in the bottom of the ninth.
Both teams ended with eight hits apiece, with Zach Houchins, Johneshwy Fargas and Brandon Van Horn each finishing the day with multiple hits for Richmond.
Adams was the only Fisher Cat with more than one hit.
On the mound, Jon Harris got his first Eastern League win of the season in what was his 52nd career appearance for the Fisher Cats, scattering three hits in three innings of work.
The loss went to Caleb Simpson, his first of the year. Simpson retired the final two batters of the eighth and left with one out on the ninth after allowing Adams’ crucial single and a trio of walks.
The Fisher Cats return to action against Richmond Saturday night. RHP Nate Pearson (0-1, 2.92 ERA) gets the nod for New Hampshire and will be opposed by RHP Brandon Beachy (1-2, 3.20 ERA).