Flying Squirrels return home Friday
5/8/2015, 11:42 a.m. | Updated on 5/8/2015, 11:42 a.m.
While the Richmond Flying Squirrels promise wholesome, family oriented entertainment on The Boulevard, the team management doesn’t promise victories.
That’s a good thing because the local baseball pros, the Class AA Eastern League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, have been losing like never before.
The Flying Squirrels began the week with a franchise-record 15 straight losses. The extended slump dropped the team to 3-17 and last place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.
This is the sixth season of Flying Squirrels baseball. Previous squads have been more competitive.
During past seasons, the Flying Squirrels were 68-73 in 2010, 76-66 in 2011, 70-71 in 2012, 70-72 in 2013 and 79-63 a year ago when the squad reached the playoff finals.
The next home stand commences Friday, May 8, with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch against the Bowie Baysox.
It will be both T-shirt give-away night and also Ocho de Mayo Hispanic Heritage Night.
Rando Moreno of the Dominican Republic has been a bright spot at shortstop.
In his first year of AA ball, the 22-year-old shortstop entered the week hitting .321 with a .375 on-base percentage.
Several former Squirrels shortstops have enjoyed upward mobility in the organization. Former Richmond shortstops now with parent San Francisco are Brandon Crawford and Ehire Adrianza.
Despite troubles on the field, the Flying Squirrels are second in Eastern League attendance with an average of 5,208 fans per game. The Reading Fightin Phils of Pennsylvania lead with an average attendance of 5,531 fans per game.