Davis Delivers Game-Winner

Richmond Flying Squirrels Take Two of Three From Goats

April 29, 2018 - 6:37 pm

Funnville –  Flying Squirrels slugger Dylan Davis mashed a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to give Richmond (14-8) a 3-2 win over Hartford (11-11) on Sunday afternoon at The Diamond. Davis’ fifth home run of the year won the series as the Squirrels took two of three from the Yard Goats. Squirrels starting pitcher Shaun Anderson (6IP, 5H, 2R, ER, 6K) was sharp in a no-decision.


Davis cranked his fifth home run of the year to snap a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning. Davis took relief pitcher Mitch Horacek deep with one-out. Horacek (0-1) was handed the loss while the Richmond bullpen trio of Dusten Knight, Dan Slania and Ray Black each tossed a scoreless inning. Knight (2-0) earned the win and Black picked up his fourth save.


The Flying Squirrels opened up a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Facing Virginia-native Jack Wynkoop, Ronnie Jebavy rolled a troublesome ground ball to third to start the first inning. Hartford third baseman Bobby Wernes fielded and threw the ball high to first, resulting in a hit and an error. Jebavy advanced to third on a groundout and scored the game’s first run when Ryan Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field.


Richmond moved ahead 2-0 in the third with pitcher Shaun Anderson helping himself at the plate. Leading off the inning, Anderson lifted a double to deep right field. Ronnie Jebavy advanced Anderson on his second hit of the day and Ali Castillo brought him home on a sacrifice fly to left.


The Yard Goats tied the game with a pair of runs off Anderson in the sixth. Sam Hilliard and Brian Mundell both singled with one out to get aboard. Anderson flew out Omar Carrizales but then relinquished a base hit to right field. The hit plated Hilliard and the throw from right fielder Matt Lipka was wild, allowing Mundell to score from second on the play. The Squirrels defense scuffled in the contest, committing a season-high four errors.


Anderson worked six innings and received as no-decision in his fifth outing of the year. The right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out six on 84 pitches. Dusten Knight relieved Anderson and tossed a scoreless inning.


Hartford starting pitcher Jack Wynkoop also lasted six innings in no-decision. Wynkoop allowed five hits with one walk and one strikeout.


RVA Acorns:

Anderson needed just six pitches to retire the side in the second inning.

Anderson racked up four consecutive strikeouts from the 4th-5th innings.

Ronnie Jebavy collected three hits, his first three-hit game since 5/19/17 at San Jose.

Howard has hit safely in (16/) of 20 games played this year.

The Squirrels have scored first in 15 of the 22 games this year.

Ronnie Jebavy made another highlight reel catch on Sunday. Jebavy raced back to the warning track on a fly ball to deep centerfield. As he did on Friday, Jebavy leapt into the air and snagged the ball to take away an extra base hit.

Jersey Tally: Orange Jersey tally 1-1, Funnville Jersey Tally, 2-1

The Modelo Mixed Nut Race standings are: Almond Brothers (4), Johnny Cashew (3) Walnut (2) and Peanut (0).


The Flying Squirrels continue their six-game homestand on Monday with the first of three games against the Altoona Curve at The Diamond. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. RHP Jordan Johnson (2-2, 3.22) makes the start for the Squirrels against Altoona RHP J.T. Brubaker (1-1, 1.57). Tickets and group packages are available by contacting the box office at 804-359-3866 or online at squirrelsbaseball.com.