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Monday, August 9, 2010

Rizzo Clears the Pavilion, but #PortlandSeaDogs Fall

The Richmond Flying Squirrels (56-57) scored a franchise record 16 runs as they smoked the Portland Sea Dogs 16-8 Sunday afternoon at Hadlock Field in front of 6,804 fans.

The Sea Dogs opened the game with three straight base runners reaching base, scoring twice off Richmond starter Craig Westcott. Che-Hsuan Lin led off with a walk and scored on a Nate Spears double. Spears would score when Anthony Rizzo lined a single to right, giving the Sea Dogs the 2-1 lead.

The lead would be short lived as the Sea Dogs would allow a season high 16 runs as Richmond exploded for 18 hits including eight doubles and two home runs.

The Flying Squirrels would bat around in the third inning scoring six runs. Back-to-back doubles by Ryan Lormand and Darren Ford would tie the game at two. Nick Noonan’s two run homer gave Richmond the 4-2 lead and they never looked back as they pummeled the Sea Dogs. Richmond would put up crooked numbers scoring 15 runs over three innings; six runs in the third, four in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Portland starter Stephen Fife (6-4) would not get out of the fourth inning yielding 11 runs on 13 hits in 3.1 innings, the most allowed by a Portland starter this season.

Portland reliever Eammon Portice would not fair much better surrendering five runs on four hits in 2.2 innings including a three run homer to Sharlon Schoop in the fifth inning.

Schoop, Ford, and Neal would all collect four hits on the day for Richmond. Schoop knocked in six runs and Ford crossed the plate four times in the Richmond route.

Richmond starter Westcott (3-1) earned the win firing 5.1 innings allowing five runs on five hits.

Anthony Rizzo added a three run bomb over the U.S. Cellular Pavilion in right field in the fifth inning, his team leading 14th of the season. Rizzo was 4-for-5 on the day with four RBI.

The Portland Sea Dogs will have an off day on Monday. The team will embark on a six game road trip with stops in Bowie, Maryland and Richmond, Virginia. Sea Dogs righty Kyle Weiland (5-7, 4.40) gets the nod for Sea Dogs Tuesday night 7:05 against the Baysox from Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Maryland. The Baysox will send righty Steve Johnson (7-6, 5.22) to the hill. The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field for a six game homestand August 17th through August 22nd against the Altoona Curve and Trenton Thunder.

Notes: Rizzo becomes the second Sea Dogs player to hit a home run over the U.S. Cellular Pavilion. Eric Crozier was the first to accomplish the feat in 2007.

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