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Fisher Cats limp home after tough road trip

Tyler LaTorre’s three-run homer in the eighth inning sealed Richmond’s 8-3 Eastern League victory against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats before 7,347 fans at The Diamond in Richmond, Va., on Sunday.

New Hampshire (54-58), losers of eight of its last 10, finished its road trip at 2-4. The Fisher Cats are currently 15½ games behind first-place Binghamton, in sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Division.

Drew Hutchison, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season and now rehabbing with the Fisher Cats, was tagged with the mound loss. He tossed 75 pitches, 47 for strikes and lasted 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and fanned seven batters.

Richmond led 1-0 in the first inning when Ryan Lollis doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Angel Villalona.

The lead went to 2-0 when Lollis stole home.

After Hutchison struck out the first batter in the fifth inning, he departed the game, giving way to Dustin Antolin, who was roughed up for three runs in the frame. Lollis started the rally with a single, followed by another single from Joe Panik, After Javier Herrera grounded into a force out, erasing Panik at second, Mark Minicozzi plated Lollis with a base hit.

Angel Villalona and Adam Duvall each added RBI base hits to pad the lead to 5-0.

Andy Burns finally got New Hampshire on the board with his fifth homer in the sixth inning. New Hampshire crept to within 5-3 in the seventh inning when Jack Murphy sliced a two-out double to right.

But in the eighth inning, Richmond rallied against reliever Ryan Tepera. Brett Krill reached on a leadoff fielding error by Gabe Jacobo and Jarrett Parker drew a walk from Tepera. LaTorre followed with his three-run homer to right, ending any chance of a comeback by the Fisher Cats.

Ryan Vogelsong, making a rehab start in hopes of joining the San Francisco Giants soon, gained his second win with the Flying Squirrels. He gave up five hits and one run (Burns’ homer) in six innings. He walked one and fanned five. He threw 85 pitches, 58 for strikes.

The Fisher Cats are off today before entertaining Bowie on Tuesday for the start of a six-game homestand.

The pitching match-up for Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. start features Marcus Stroman (6-2, 2.96) for the Fisher Cats against Bowie lefty Jake Pettit (5-5, 4.85).

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