Squirrels exact vengeance for Friday’s loss

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Richmond Flying SquirrelsRICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Flying Squirrels evened up their series with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Saturday night, 5-2.

Like Friday night’s contest, Richmond was unable to obtain any early offense, but the Fisher Cats also had cold bats early on, with New Hampshire’s first run coming only in the fourth.

Although the no-hitter attempt for New Hampshire pitcher Tyler Saucedo ended in the the fourth, he remained in cruise control, with just a minor hiccup in the fifth. However, an error in the sixth gave Richmond an opportunity, and they took it. Shortly afterward, a line drive from John Polonius brought in the tying run and a single on the next at-bat from John Riley gave the lead to the Squirrels.

That would end Saucedo’s night, but Richmond was just getting started. They would add another two runs in the seventh off a pair of doubles and a home run from Dylan Davis, tacking on an insurance run in the eighth.

New Hampshire’s vaunted offense left two runners in scoring position in their half of the sixth, adding only a consolation run in the ninth.

Saucedo fell to 3-2 in Eastern League play with the loss, while the win went to Richmond reliever Sam Wolff, now 1-1.

New Hampshire was limited to just six hits on the night while Richmond obtained two-hit nights from Polonius and DJ Hinojosa.

The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday as New Hampshire sends out Jon Harris (10-4, 4.76 ERA) against Richmond’s Mike Connolly (3-4, 5.50 ERA).