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Squirrels beat snoozing Senators, 8-2

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Squirrels haven't had a good start to the season on the road, but luckily on Wednesday they caught Harrisburg snoozing with a morning first pitch.

Richmond right-hander Craig Westcott delivered seven strong innings on the mound and also a home run at the plate, leading the Flying Squirrels (16-17) to an, 8-2, win over the Harrisburg Senators (17-15) in a game that started at 10:30am. The Squirrels now come home for a seven game set.

The Senators got off to a quick start against Westcott in the bottom of the first inning.  Jeff Kobernus led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild-pitch and third on a passed ball.  Destin Hood delivered an RBI single and the Senators were in front, 1-0.

Westcott and the Squirrels exacted revenge in the top of the second inning off of Harrisburg right-hander Paul Demny.  Chris Dominguez started the inning with a double pulled into the left-field corner.  Demny recovered to strikeout the next two batters, but Wendell Fairley laced an RBI double into the left-center to bring in Dominguez.  Westcott followed and drilled a two-run home run to right field.  His first professional home run put the Squirrels on top, 3-1.  It also marked the first home run of the season for a Richmond pitcher.

Both starters settled down, but another long-ball from an unlikely source stretched the Richmond lead to five runs in the sixth inning.  Demny allowed back-to-back singles to Tommy Joseph and Daniel Mayora to open the inning.  He got the first out of the inning, but was lifted in favor of left-hander Pat McCoy.  McCoy retired Johnny Monell, but Joel Weeks blasted a three-run home run to right field for a 6-1 lead.  It was Weeks' first home run of the season and just his second over the last two seasons.

Richmond tacked on another run in the seventh inning to lead 7-1.  Joseph notched his second hit of the day with a single.  Dominguez then drilled his second double of the day off the wall in left-center field.  Joseph scored from first base on the play.

Demny (2-2) was tagged with his second loss of the season over 5 1/3 innings.  He was charged with five runs – all earned – on five hits.  He walked three and struck out seven.  McCoy surrendered a run on Weeks' drive in relief.

Westcott (3-2) turned in his longest outing of the season and earned his third win over seven innings.  He allowed only the first-inning run on six hits.  He walked two and struck out one.

Both teams plated a run in the eighth inning.  Fairley notched his third hit of the day to drive home Weeks, who had been walked by right-hander Marcos Frias.  Fairley finished the day 3-4 with a pair of RBIs.  Harrisburg collected a run against right-hander Austin Fleet in the eighth inning.  Lefty Chris Gloor finished the win for Richmond with a scoreless ninth inning.

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