Richmond, VA (WWBT)- For the fourth time on their current homestand, the Richmond Flying Squirrels walked off with a victory. Roger Kieschnick belted an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to sink the Harrisburg Senators ,4-3.
Tied into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Squirrels hunted the walk-off win. Right-hander Carlos Martinez returned for his second inning of relief, and conceded a single to right field to Skyler Stromsmoe with one out. Martinez struck out Charlie Culberson for the second out, but with Kieschnick at the plate, Stromsmoe swiped second base on a 1-1 changeup. Kieschnick laced the next pitch off the top of Josh Johnson's mitt and into right-center field for a walk-off single as Stromsmoe scored from second base without incident.
Squirrels' left-hander Eric Surkamp was flawless through the first three innings, striking out six while facing the minimum. However, his command slipped in the fourth, as he issued walks to both Josh Johnson and Chris Rahl. With two outs and two men on, Bill Rhinehart belted a three-run home run to right field to give Harrisburg a 3-0 lead. The home run was the first hit allowed by Surkamp on the evening.
Richmond supported their ace in the bottom of the fourth, after Senators' righty Erik Arnesen held them in check through three innings. Roger Kieschnick opened the frame with a double, and a batter later Wes Hodges laced a single to score him. Johnny Monell singled behind Hodges to put two aboard. Arnesen struck out Juan Perez for the second out in the inning, but with Nick Noonan at the plate, catcher Derek Norris was charged with a passed ball that allowed the runners to move up to second and third base. The Senators elected to intentionally walk Noonan to load the bases, opting to take their chances with Surkamp. He made them pay, slashing a two-run single through the hole on the left-side of the infield, aiding his own cause and knotting the ballgame, 3-3. The two runs driven in accounted for the first two RBIs in Surkamp's professional career.
Neither Surkamp nor Arnesen factored in the decision despite strong performances from both. Surkamp bettered his own franchise-record with 12 strikeouts while allowing just three runs on three hits over seven innings. Arnesen also surrendered three earned runs, doing so over six innings. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out eight.
Right-hander Hector Correa earned his second victory at the Double-A level, working two scoreless innings in relief. Martinez took the loss for the Senators, his third of the year.
The two teams will conclude their series Monday at 12:05 pm at The Diamond.