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Game 8 Recap – Hits For All!

April 13, 2012

Record: 4-4
Time: 2:16
Attendance: 9,560
(sellout)
Quick Hit:Richmond got on the board early thanks to errors and timely hits. They would ride Jason Stevenson to their third consecutive home opening win and take game one of the series.

Jason Stevenson (1-1) spoke earlier in the week how he felt that he let the home crowd down late last year. His last start was against New Hampshire in the Eastern League Championship Series. New Hampshire would win the game, and the series, that night. Getting the Opening Night nod, Stevenson went out and produced seven quality innings, using 86 pitches, for the Flying Squirrels. He would allow two runs (none of them earned, thanks to his own error on a sacrifice bunt) on five hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Brett Bochy would come into the game and work a scoreless inning, striking out the side while allowing one hit. Tom Vessella would close the door but not before allowing a run on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Mike Colla (0-1) did not help himself out, nor did he get help from his defense. Two timely errors from his catcher and third basemen along with the strong bats of Richmond would do him in last night. He would fight his way to five innings allowing six runs (four earned) on nine hits (one being a homerun), one walk and two strikeouts. Kris Harvey would come in and work two innings allowing a run on one hit and three strikeouts. Kyle Cofield would work a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.

Wes Hodges would lead the Richmond hitters going 2-4 with a homerun. Chris Dominguez, Juan Perez, and Ryan Cavan would all add two hits for the Flying Squirrels. Jason Stevenson even got into the hit parade, beating out a bases loaded infield single to drive in a run. Brock Holt was the lone bright spot for Altoona, going 2-4.

Richmond and Altoona get going at 6:35 Friday night. Probables are Baker (Altoona) and Heston (Richmond).

Notes:
– Jason Stevenson did not allow a hit from the second inning to the fourth.

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