Richmond, VA – Left-hander Adalberto Mejia led the Richmond Flying Squirrels (39-28) to a second straight shutout of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (28-40), 2-0, in front of 7,644 at The Diamond on Sunday afternoon. After not posting a shutout through their first 65 games, Richmond has now tossed two straight. The Squirrels also took the series from the Fisher Cats and hit the road a season-high 11 games over .500.
Mejia (3-5) turned in easily his finest outing as a Squirrel, blanking the Fisher Cats on just four hits for seven innings. He walked just one, struck out seven and needed just 79 pitches to earn the win.
New Hampshire right-hander Scott Copeland gave the Squirrels fits through the first five innings. However, they finally got him in the sixth. Ricky Oropesa rolled an infield-single with two outs that allowed Devin Harris to bat in the inning. He took advantage, crushing a titanic two-run home run to left field. His sixth – and most impressive – home run of the season gave the Squirrels a 2-0 lead.
Copeland (5-6) was ultimately very strong across seven innings. He conceded just the two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out four. However, he did endure the tough-luck loss, his sixth.
A pair of power-arms finished the shutout for the Squirrels. Right-hander Hunter Strickland worked a perfect eighth inning and righty Cody Hall maneuvered around a hit and an error in the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.
The Squirrels will take Monday off as they travel to Binghamton, NY. The will open a three-game series with the Binghamton Mets (New York Mets) on Tuesday night NYSEG Stadium. First pitch is scheduled at 6:35 p.m. The Flying Squirrels Pregame Warmup begins at 6:05 p.m. on Sports Radio 910 and SportsRadio910.com.