Wild Things fall to Roosters
The Washington Wild Things' modest three-game winning streak was squashed Sunday night by the Richmond Roosters, whose one-sided 11-3 victory at Falconi Field was bolstered by a pair of four-run innings.
In the process, Richmond ended a three-game skid heading into the series finale tonight and the final game of a six-game homestand for the Wild Things.
Richmond scored four runs in the first inning off Brendan Davis (0-1), a former Wild Things' reliever who was making his first career Frontier League start. The Roosters erupted for another four-run rally in the seventh to take a 9-1 lead.
The series concludes today with a 7:05 p.m. start. B.J. Borsa (0-1) will pitch for Washington against Richmond's Matt Schweitzer (1-0). The Wild Things took the opener of the series, 8-3, on Saturday.
After tonight's game, the Wild Things will head out on their first road trip, facing Chillicothe and Evansville. Ryan Douglass (1-0) is scheduled to pitch Wednesday for Washington in the first game in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Davis was unable to overcome early-game jitters in his first career start. He hit the first Richmond batter he faced, former Wild Things outfielder Joe Cuervo, and walked the second, Mike Reese.
Kevin White's RBI single followed. After a fielder's choice, White scored after left fielder Chris Carter bobbled Blake Woods' single for an error. Josh Hollingsworth, who reached on the fielder's choice, next scored on a wild pitch by Davis, and the Roosters capped the rally on Tony Sanguinetti's RBI double.
"I had a little bit of the first-inning jitters," said Davis, who settled down and yielded only one more run over the next four innings before being relieved by Chris Bova to start the sixth with Richmond leading, 5-1.
Washington, which entered the day tied for first with Chillocothe in the East Division, cut the deficit to 4-1 in the third on a sacrifice fly by Lance Koenig.
White's homer off Davis in fifth gave Richmond its 5-1 lead.
Richmond got to Bova for four runs in the seventh, banging out five hits, including an RBI double by RBI doubles by Joe Rhomberg.
Washington scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on a fielder's choice RBI Mike Arbinger and a run-scoring triple by Carter, who was 4 for 4.
Richmond tagged newly acquired Stephen Spragg for two unearned runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Sanguinetti, who was 3 for 5 with four RBI for the Roosters.
Davis appeared miffed over his first-inning performance because he said he didn't have command of his pitches.
"You know, you have to eat up innings as a starter when you're out there," he said. "The walks are unacceptable."
Davis yielded five hits and walked four.
Former Wild Things left-hander Jared Howton (1-0) pitched five innings and gave up only one run to gain the victory for Richmond, which outhit the Wild Things, 13-10.