RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Flying Squirrels continued to roll on Monday night, as they opened up a seven game homestand with a 5-3 win over the Altoona Curve at The Diamond. With the win, Richmond improves to 49-47 on the season and is two games over the .500 mark for the first time in 2012. They are also just one-half game out of a playoff spot.
Eastern League ERA leader Chris Heston struggled early, giving up two runs in the first inning and allowing the first five Altoona hitters to reach base. He would settle down, however, and not allow a run the rest of his outing. Heston left in the bottom of the sixth with a blister on his pitching hand. He pitched 5.1 innings, giving up eight hits and the two earned runs, while striking out four and walking two. Tom Vassella, Jake Dunning and Daryl Maday were strong out of the bullpen, with Maday recording the final four outs for his ninth save of the season.
Tommy Joseph celebrated his 21st birthday by leading the Squirrels offense. Joseph went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Mark Minicozzi was 4-for-5 on the night. The Richmond offense scored a single run in each inning from the third through the seventh to account for their scoring.
With the victory, the Squirrels have won eight of their last nine games. The two teams continue their series on Tuesday night at The Diamond. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.