Richmond, VA (WBNG Binghamton) The Richmond Flying Squirrels collected eleven hits, including ten for extra-bases, and defeated the Binghamton Mets 9-4 Wednesday night at The Diamond. Ehrie Adrianza and Gary Brown led the charge, combining for four doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBI.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 9,560, the Flying Squirrels jumped out to an early lead against B-Mets starter Greg Peavey. Brown led off the first by scorching a double down the left field line and scored when Mark Minicozzi doubled to left center. Tommy Joseph made it a two-run game with an RBI two-bagger to right center. Richmond added another run in the second on an RBI triple by Brown.
Binghamton answered back in the third against Richmond starter Craig Westcott. Peavey bounced a single up the middle, moved to third on a ground-rule double by Reese Havens and scored when Westcott uncorked a wild pitch.
The B-Mets cut the deficit to one with another score in the fifth. Eric Campbell bounced a ground ball off the foot of Westcott that ricocheted into left field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second.
Richmond responded in a big way in the bottom of the fifth. Tommy Joseph smacked a three-run homer to left to kick the lead to four. Peavey’s night came to a close two batters later. The righty allowed six runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings, extending his winless streak to seven games.
After Richmond tacked on two more runs against Adrian Rosario in the sixth, the B-Mets made one last push in the seventh. Lagares reached on an infield single with one out, ending Westcott’s start. Campbell greeted reliever Ari Ronick by lining a two-run homer over the left field wall, capping a three-RBI night.
Adrianza wrapped up the Richmond scoring with a solo home run off Erik Turgeon in the eighth. Ronick took the game to the finish line, throwing 2.2 innings of relief to secure Richmond’s fourth-straight win.
Westcott (7-6) snapped a four-game winless streak with the victory. He allowed three runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings. Peavey’s (3-6) losing streak reached five games with the loss.
The B-Mets (37-46) continue their series in Richmond Thursday night at 7:05 PM. Former San Francisco Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler takes the hill for Binghamton against RHP Chris Heston.