Squirrels slip up against Hartford in Yard Goats’ “home opener” at the Diamond, 5-4

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Well this is awkward. The Hartford Yard Goats in their first ever game as an AA ball club won their home opener over the Richmond Flying Squirrels, at the Diamond on the Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

Yes, their “home opener” in Richmond.

The Yard Goats are forced to play 51 more road games until their new ballpark in Hartford, CT has completed construction. So some of those are actual road games. Others are, and we’re accentuating with our fingers here, “home” games.

The Flying Squirrels, donning the road grays and red caps, took an early lead in the first inning 1-0 thanks to starting catcher Matt Winn’s RBI single down the left field line, who hails from the west end of Richmond.

The fifth inning is when the trouble set in for starting pitcher Tyler Beede, who was solid despite recording his first loss of the season. The Yard Goats scrapped together of Beede’s only two earned runs before striking out the last two batters he faced to finish his day with six strikeouts.

Ricky Oropesa provided hope of an early season rally call with a two-run HR in the eighth inning, then the hope evolved into belief in the ninth on a solo HR from third baseman Ryder Jones.

Connecticut native Matt Carasiti picked up the final three outs to secure the Hartford Yard Goats first win as a ball club and earn the save.

Game two of the four-game series at the Diamond is Friday evening April, 8th. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Squirrels LHP Adalberto Mejia will start against Hartford’s RHP Zach Jemiola.

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