For baseball fans in Virginia’s capital city, these are exciting times. The Flying Squirrels, the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are leading the division with just a month left in the season. They are up by 6.5 games over Akron in the standings, and a comfortable 10-game lead over Bowie for a playoff spot. Should they hold on, it would be the second playoff appearance for the Squirrels in the 5th year of location in Richmond.
So, what has gottem them this far? A big part of it has been the hitting of Stafford-native OF Jarrett Parker. Parker, a 2010 Giants draft choice, is hitting .275 with 12 HR and 58 RBIs, and is hitting .421 over his last 10 games alone! Minor league free-agent signee 3B Mario Lisson has put up similar numbers to Parker’s, but in 14 fewer games. On the pitching side of things, LH Jack Snodgrass, a 2011 draft choice, is 9-4 with a 3.14 ERA. Out of the bullpen, 26-yr old RH Cody Hall, a 2011 Giants draft choice, is 1-4, but has a 2.92 ERA, including a 0.71 ERA in his last 10 games. With the injury to fellow reliever Derek Law, Hall has stepped in and become the closer for the Squirrels.
When Richmond had the Triple-A Braves, they played in 10 IL finals matchups, winning 5, including the 2007 squad that went all the way to the Triple-A title game. With the Squirrels, the pieces are in place for Richmond to pursue its first title since 2007 and first as a Double-A squad.