RICHMOND, Virginia —The Richmond Flying Squirrels (67-52) scored five runs off Portland’s bullpen, and beat the Sea Dogs, 5-1, on Friday night at the Diamond. Portland has lost nine straight games to Richmond, dating back to 2012, and has lost two straight on their six-game trip. The Flying Squirrels snapped an 8-game losing streak, picking up their first win since July 29th vs. Harrisburg.
Portland took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on Michael Almanzar’s two-out, solo homer off Ryan Bradley. The homer was the third for Almanzar and chased Bradley out of the game.
Eduardo Rodriguez was dominant in his second start since being traded to Boston for Andrew Miller. Rodriguez fired six innings, yielding only three hits, and fanning nine (Double-A high). The lefty threw 100 pitches (66 strikes) and stranded six runners.
For the second straight night, the Portland bullpen allowed the deciding runs in the seventh inning. Wilfredo Boscan (1-7) gave up four runs in the seventh inning on a run-scoring single by Skyler Stromsmoe and a three-run homer to Mario Lisson. Richmond added a two-out run in the eighth on a single by Eliezer Zambrano.
Carlos Alvarado was terrific in three innings of relief, giving up one hit and fanning two, earning his first win of the season. Boscan took the loss, yielding all five runs (two earned) on six hits over 2 IP.
Almanzar finished 2-for-4 with a homer and a double. With Trenton’s win, Portland’s magic number is eight to clinch a playoff spot.
The Sea Dogs and Flying Squirrels get set to continue the three-game series with the second, Saturday night at 6:05 from The Diamond.