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It takes Patti P about an hour to affix letters to a nameplate and attach it to the back of a Flying Squirrels jersey.

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have played 27 games and made 48 roster moves. That doesn’t enhance team chemistry. It’s also tough on Patti Angus, an adjunct hero for the Double-A franchise.

Angus operates Patti P Tailors at the Lexington Commons shopping area on Broad Street in Henrico County’s West End, and is the super-sewer responsible for producing the often changed nameplates on the back of the Flying Squirrels’ jerseys.

Patti P — the P is the first letter of her maiden name, Phouthakhanty — can reliably report that the Richmond roster has undergone more changes through the first month-and-a-half of the season than usual because she’s been working with the team for all 10 of its years in Richmond.

“She has always been a friend to us,” said Ben Rothrock, the Flying Squirrels’ general manager. “She’s quick, and she responds. We give her something on deadline, and she says, ‘No problem.’”

Angus’ association with Richmond’s minor-league team started long before the Flying Squirrels came to town for the 2010 season. She took care of the nameplates on the Triple-A Richmond Braves’ jerseys starting in the 1990s.

Sam Ayoub, the longtime athletic trainer for the R-Braves, visited Angus’ shop to get work done on a item in his wardrobe, and Angus’ father satisfied Ayoub’s request.

“That’s how it all started,” said Angus. “They became friends, and ever since then, we’ve been doing the Braves, and then the Squirrels.”

Angus also does work with VCU, repairing Rams uniforms.

The key to making the Flying Squirrels’ nameplates look “big-league” is nothing more than time and patience, according to Angus. To affix letters onto one nameplate and attach it to a jersey takes about an hour. “Especially with the longer names,” said Angus, who attends a handful of Flying Squirrels’ games each season.

Joe Tarnowski, the Flying Squirrels’ clubhouse manager, or another member of the team’s front office, serves as courier for the jerseys. From Tarnowski, “I’ll get texts in the middle of the night, ’So and so is flying in,’ ” Angus said.

She also mends torn pants, an occasional result when players slide, and other ripped-uniform issues. The visiting team periodically leans on Angus, too. If the Akron RubberDucks, or any other Eastern League club, need a tear repair, Angus is the go-to sewer in Richmond. The urgency of the matter requires a completed assignment in a few hours, and Tarnowski knows where Angus resides.

“Sometimes I wake up in the morning and there’s stuff on my side porch,” she said. “I live not too far from The Diamond.”

Angus, who has a few helpers in her shop, receives a ripped pair of pants in the morning, and they’re stitched and back at The Diamond by early afternoon.

Angus’ most demanding challenge comes just before opening day. The Flying Squirrels’ parent club, the San Francisco Giants, typically does not announce its Double-A roster until three or four days before Richmond’s season-opener. That means about 35 nameplates need to be created and expeditiously sewn onto jerseys.

“She has them ready,” said Rothrock.

Friday’s game: The Flying Squirrels on Friday night before 7,789 at The Diamond lost for the 22nd time in 28 games. Akron led 8-0 in the sixth inning and went on to a 10-2 victory in the second meeting of a four-game set.

Shortstop Brandon Van Horn collected his first Double-A hit and RBI during Richmond’s two-run sixth inning. Van Horn was hitless in 24 at-bats before tripling to left-center.

RubberDucks AB R H BI W K AVG

Tom RF 3 2 1 0 3 1 .228

Rodriguez 1B 5 2 2 1 1 1 .296

Johnson CF 4 3 3 2 1 0 .278

Garcia DH 6 1 3 3 0 0 .245

Marabell LF 5 0 2 1 0 0 .236

Chu C 5 1 3 1 0 0 .229

Krieger 3B 5 0 1 1 0 1 .216

Rodriguez 2B 4 1 0 0 1 3 .228

Pantoja SS 5 0 0 0 0 1 .250

Totals 42 10 15 9 6 7 .234

2B: Garcia, W 2 (11); Tom (3). HR: Rodriguez, N (2). RBI: Chu (14); Garcia, W 3 (27); Johnson 2 (31); Krieger (11); Marabell (17); Rodriguez, N (5). LOB: 12. E: Krieger (6).

Flying Squirrels AB R H BI W K AVG

Shaw LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .264

Heyward RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .280

Miller 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .254

Brusa 1B 4 0 2 0 0 1 .320

Arenado 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .288

Jhang DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 .096

Van Horn SS 4 1 1 1 0 1 .038

Marte C 3 0 2 1 0 1 .187

Fargas CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .223

Totals 35 2 8 2 0 6 .226

2B: Heyward (4); Arenado, J (8). 3B: Van Horn (1). RBI: Marte, H (9); Van Horn (1). SF: Marte, H. LOB: 7. SB: Heyward (1). E: Heyward (2); Arenado, J 2 (6).

Akron 201 032 011 — 10 15 1

Richmond 000 002 000 — 2 8 3

RubberDucks IP H R ER W K ERA

Civale W, 2-0 6 8 2 2 0 4 3.27

Krauth 2 0 0 0 0 1 5.06

Siri 1 0 0 0 0 1 2.63

Flying Squirrels IP H R ER W K ERA

Williams L, 1-3 41/3 4 4 4 3 2 4.76

Johnson 11/3 7 4 4 0 1 9.22

Cabrera 11/3 0 0 0 0 3 8.59

Martinez 2 4 2 2 3 1 8.74

WP: Johnson, C. HBP: Johnson (by Williams, G). T: 2:53. A: 7,789.

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