Squirrels Belt Five Homers to Take Down Erie on Friday

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The SeaWolves dropped their second straight game to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, falling 10-3 on Friday night at The Diamond.
Richmond once again used the long ball to take an early advantage as Brett Auerbach led off the first inning with a solo blast off of Ty Madden. Riley Mahan

The SeaWolves dropped their second straight game to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, falling 10-3 on Friday night at The Diamond.

Richmond once again used the long ball to take an early advantage as Brett Auerbach led off the first inning with a solo blast off of Ty Madden. Riley Mahan made it 2-0 Squirrels after two with a one-out solo home run in the second.

Carter Aldrete doubled with one out in the last of the fifth and Ricardo Genoves belted a two-run home run to left for a 4-0 lead.

The SeaWolves closed the gap in the top of the sixth as they loaded the bases on Richmond starter Kai-Wei Teng on three straight one-out walks drawn by Dane Myers, Andrew Navigato and Parker Meadows. A Teng wild pitch brough home Myers making it 4-1. The Eastern League RBI leader Quincy Nieporte lifted a deep fly out to center, plating Navigato making it a two-run game.

Richmond went back ahead by four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Erie reliever Bubba Derby retired five of the first six batters he faced before giving up a one-out double to Aldrete. The SeaWolves brought in Dario Gardea to face Genoves but the move didn’t pan out as he Richmond catcher connected on his second two-run home run of the game.

Erie made it a three-run game in the top of the eighth as Navigato homered for the second time in the series as he took John Gavin yard for his 17th long ball of the season.

The Squirrels took a commanding lead in the last of the eighth against reliever Carlos Pena. Will Wilson reached on a one-out error and Casey Schmitt singled putting two on for Mahan. Mahan doubled home Wilson making it 7-3. Aldrete followed with a three-run home run to straight away center for a 10-3 lead.

Teng (6-12) earned the win for Richmond allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Madden (2-2) took the loss allowing four runs on four hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.

Erie is now one game back of Bowie for the second half crown heading into play on Saturday. The SeaWolves hold the tie-breaker over the Baysox.

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