Squirrels Sweep Double-Header, Series with Trenton

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The Richmond Flying Squirrels capped off a series sweep of Trenton on Thursday by winning both seven inning games of a double-header, both by one run.  It marks a successful return home after losing three of four at Reading this past weekend.

The first game saw Trenton take a 2-1 lead in the second, and the score remained that way until the bottom of the seventh inning.  Wes Hodges started the inning off with a walk and advanced to third on a Johnny Monell single.  Juan Perez laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw to first went over the first baseman's head, allowing the tying run to score.  Nick Noonan was the next man up and belted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Monell to end the game and give the Squirrels the 3-2 win.

Ryan Verdugo pitched well with his only mistake coming in the top of the second, a Jose Pirela two-run home run.  He went five innings, giving up just three hits and striking out seven.  Hector Correa pitched the final two innings to earn the win.  He improved to 1-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 0.79.

The second game of the night saw another pitchers' duel.  The two teams remained scoreless until the top of the fifth inning, when Jose Gil singled to left, scoring Pirela to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead.  Richmond responded in the bottom of the sixth with two runs, when Chris Dominguez and Hodges hit back-to-back RBI doubles to account for the Squirrels' only two runs of the game.  Those runs, however, would hold up in the 2-1 win.

Justin Fitzgerald pitched 4.2 innings, striking out seven and not allowing a hit in his first four innings of work.  Alex Hinshaw worked 1.1 innings of perfect baseball, striking out three, and earned the win.  Heath Hembree pitched the final three outs to record his fourth save of the season.

Richmond improves to 45-39 and keeps pace with Harrisburg.  The Senators hold a 5.5 game lead on the Squirrels, but this weekend will offer a great chance for Richmond to gain some ground.  Harrisburg will visit for a five game series in both teams' final action before the all-star break.  First pitch for Friday's opener is set for 7:05 at The Diamond.