'Rats keep East lead despite 5-4 loss
July 28, 2012Richmond RiverRats
BUTLER, PA. — The Richmond RiverRats and Chillicothe Paints will play tonight for first place in the Prospect League’s East Division.
Richmond, at 12-6, owns a half-game lead over 13-8 Chillicothe as a key second-half series begins at McBride Stadium. First pitch is 7:05 tonight, and the teams play again at 6:05 p.m. Sunday.
Richmond lost 5-4 Friday at Butler in the completion of a game suspended Thursday, but the Paints also lost a game postponed from Thursday, falling 5-4 to Slippery Rock. Chillicothe, though, rebounded for a 1-0, eight-inning decision in Friday’s regularly scheduled game. Richmond’s regularly scheduled game was cancelled by rain.
Butler led 1-0 in the second inning when rain struck. The RiverRats and Blue Sox do not face each other again this season.
The suspended game was picked up in the top of the fifth inning with Butler leading 5-2. Richmond immediately scored twice on Cody Campbell’s two-run triple to cut the margin to 5-4, but the RiverRats stranded the tying run on base in each of the last four innings.