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Squirrels open series with win over Thunder

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The Richmond Flying Squirrels strolled past the Trenton Thunder, 4-1, behind right-handers Craig Westcott and Austin Fleet at the Diamond on Friday night. 

After three scoreless innings, the Squirrels got on the board first against Trenton left-hander Shaeffer Hall in the bottom of the fourth. Daniel Mayora led off and laced a triple to dead-center field. Tommy Joseph, playing his first game since May 13th, followed with an RBI double into the left-field corner for a 1-0 lead. It was Joseph's second hit of the night. Chris Dominguez moved Joseph to third with an infield-single and Ehire Adrianza brought him in for a 2-0 advantage with a fielder's choice groundout.

The Thunder plated their only run of the night against Westcott in the top of the fifth inning. Jose Pirela started the inning with a double. Westcott recorded the first two outs of the inning, but Abraham Almonte notched a two-out double to bring in Pirela.

Richmond got right back after Hall in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hall started his own trouble with a lead-off walk issued to Ryan Cavan. Jose Flores followed and cracked a hard-ground ball to third base. Kevin Mahoney couldn't handle it, and his error allowed Cavan to third and Flores to second. After Hall hit Gary Brown, Nick Liles singled to center field to plate two runs, extending the Richmond lead to 4-1.

Westcott (4-4) completed six strong innings, finished his night at 100 pitches, and earned his fourth victory of the season. The outing marked his fifth consecutive quality-start, as he allowed just a lone run on four hits, walked two and struck out one.

Hall (4-5) also departed after the sixth, doomed to his fifth loss of the season. Hall was charged with four runs - three earned - on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Squirrels' right-hander Austin Fleet followed Westcott and was the only reliever Richmond needed. He conceded just one single over three scoreless innings. He earned his second save of the year and struck out four. Fleet struck out the side in the ninth, as he turned in his longest outing of the season.

Trenton right-hander Preston Claiborne was also stout in relief of Hall, holding the Squirrels without a hit over two scoreless innings.

Game two of the four-game series is scheduled for 6:35 PM on Saturday night at The Diamond. The Squirrels have yet to announce a starter for game two of the series. Trenton will start RHP Brett Marshall (4-2, 2.98).

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