The Richmond Flying Squirrels scored three runs in the top of the seventh to break a scoreless tie and held on to defeat the Binghamton Mets, 4-1, at NYSEG Stadium. Major League rehabber Wilmer Flores was 0-for-3 with a walk and logged nine innings defensively at second base.
A pitchers’ duel developed in the first six innings between Richmond’s Dan Slania and Robert Gsellman. Making his first career start, Slania struck out eight and allowed only two hits in five scoreless innings. He did not factor in the decision.
Gsellman cruised until the seventh inning. With one out, Ali Castillo singled and then scored from first on a Jeff Arnold double. Ricky Oropesa then stroked a double to right center, scoring Arnold from second. Rando Moreno kept the line moving with a double in the ensuing at bat, driving in Oropesa to make the score 3-0 Richmond.
Gsellman (1-4) was pulled with two outs in the seventh and took the loss with three runs on eight hits and five strikeouts.
Binghamton fought back with a run in the seventh as Phillip Evans bounced a grounder that snuck past Moreno at short. Colton Plaia scored from second and the B-Mets cut the lead to 3-1. Binghamton would leave the bases loaded to end the threat, the second consecutive inning in which it stranded three baserunners.
Richmond got one more in the ninth when Castillo tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Ray Black (1-4) picked up the win with one scoreless inning in relief of Slania. Tyler Rogers earned his third save with a clean ninth.
Derrik Gibson went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and Jared King was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.