Oropesa keys 5-1 victory for Flying Squirrels over Portland

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Matt Cain train has come and gone at the Diamond. No time to marvel in the Giants’ only perfect game pitcher, the Squirrels had to resume their series with Portland Wednesday night.

There was no star-struck hangover for Richmond. Thanks to Ricky Oropesa, the Eastern League Player of the Month in May, the Flying Squirrels handily defeated the Sea Dogs 5-1 to take their 6th series in a row. They go for a potential third series sweep in a row tomorrow.

The first inning, Richmond got on base in all ways imaginable. Kelby Tomlinson had a lead off bunt single, Mac Williamson walked, Mitch Delfino singled up the gap in right to load the bases.

With a chance to take an early lead, Ricky Oropesa wasted no time at the plate, taking the second pitch of the at-bat against Portland’s Luis Diaz right back up the gap at first and second, scoring the first two runs of the game for Richmond.

In a case of déjà vu, Oropesa returned to the batter’s box in the fifth inning with another bases loaded situation and, just as he did in the first, singled to right to plate another two Richmond runs.

Oropesa finished two-for-four at the plate with four RBI, holding on to the top spot for most RBIs for the Squirrels this season.

Joe Biagini was steadfast on the mound in his ninth start for Richmond this season. Facing multiple jams throughout the game, Biagini remained calm and kept getting out of trouble, pitching 7 innings, striking out 5 Sea Dogs and only giving up one earned run on six hits. He runs his record to 5-3 this season, tied for most on the team with Kelvin Marte.

Richmond returns to the Diamond for a chance at the series sweep over Portland Thursday at 6:35 pm.

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