Senators Out-Slug Squirrels in Series Finale

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The Richmond Flying Squirrels were unable to win their four game series with the Harrisburg, as the Senators topped Richmond, 6-3, in the series finale on Monday afternoon at The Diamond.

Both teams got on the board in their first inning at-bats.  Tyler Moore's RBI single in the top of the frame put Harrisburg on the board first.  The Squirrels answered in their half of the first with a Chris Dominguez RBI single, who was thrown out on the play trying to stretch a single into a double.  It would remain 1-1 until the fourth inning, when Tim Pahuta uncorked a three run home run to center field to put Harrisburg on top 4-1.  The Senators added to their lead, once again in the form of a long ball, in the sixth inning.  Moore smacked a two run shot that cleared the inside wall in left field to extend the Harrisburg advantage to 6-1.  Richmond would get those two runs back in its half of the sixth.  After the Squirrels put runners on second and third with nobody out, Johnny Monell singled back up the middle to score both runners, making the score 6-3.

The Squirrels appeared to draw closer in the seventh, as Dominguez hit a line drive into the right-center field gap, sliding in with a triple and scoring Francisco Peguero from first.  However, it was determined that Peguero did not touch third base when rounding to score and Harrisburg would check the base and record the out, nullifying the run.

Dominguez led the Richmond offense at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  Monell went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk.

Daryl Maday took the loss for the Squirrels.  He lasted six innings, giving up five earned runs on four hits.  Maday struck out four batters and walked two.  His ERA is now 4.38.

Richmond has the next two days off for the all-star break.  The Squirrels will resume their schedule Thursday night in Bowie when they open up a four game series with the Baysox.  Five Richmond players will make the trip to Manchester, New Hampshire, for the Eastern League All-Star Game.  Starting pitchers Eric Surkamp and Justin Fitzgerald, catcher Johnny Monell, second baseman Charlie Culberson and outfielder Roger Kieschnick have earned spots on the Western Division roster.

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