Flying Squirrels’ pitcher Dan Slania’s up and down (and all around) season

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Flying Squirrels’ starting pitcher Dan Slania has had an eventful season, and the All-Star Break isn’t even quite here.

Slania, 25, began the year on the mound at The Diamond, starting for the Flying Squirrels on Opening Night. Richmond dominated Hartford 11-1, and Slania dominated the Yard Goats individually, allowing one earned run and five hits while striking out eight in six innings. He got the win and was immediately promoted to AAA Sacramento.

His stint in Northern California did not go as well. Slania says he didn’t have his best stuff and realized how much work he’d have to do before reaching the Majors.

The Giants had other plans.

San Francisco promoted Slania to the big league club at the tail end of June. On the last day of the month, Slania made his Major League debut. He tossed a scoreless ninth inning and got out all three batters that he faced as the Giants beat the Pirates 13-5 in Pittsburgh. He spent a total of three days (two games) at baseball’s highest level before being sent back down. But he didn’t go back to Sacramento; Slania landed right back in Richmond, where he started Tuesday night’s 4th of July walkoff win over Erie.

Slania says the small taste he got of the Majors just serves as motivation. Next time, he wants to get there and stay there.