Hillcats one-hit Mudcats in 4-0 win
The Lynchburg Hillcats blanked the Carolina Mudcats, 4-0, Tuesday night at City Stadium. Jarett Miller allowed just one hit, which came in the first inning, in seven scoreless innings to lead the way. Levi Hyams got his first extra base hit as a Hillcat to drive in the eventual winning run in the first inning and Josh Elander delivered a clutch two-run single in the third.
Miller (6-5) allowed a two-out single to Francisco Lindor with two outs in the first inning. Miller did hit three batters and walk one in the game, but Carolina (8-10, 30-58) would not get another hit in the game.
The Hillcats (5-11, 41-44) were shut out in game one of the series but wasted no time getting on the board on Tuesday. Matt Lipka led off the first inning with a single then was immediately driven in by Hyams, who picked up his first extra base hit as a Hillcat with an RBI-double to make it 1-0.
Last week in Zebulon, NC four unearned runs charged to Miller wound up costing the Hillcats the game. Lynchburg got some retribution on Tuesday when they scored three unearned runs in the third inning to pad their lead.
Elmer Reyes and Matt Lipka singled to lead off the inning. After Hyams struck out, Kyle Kubitza hit a high chopper to second that could have ended the inning, but SS Francisco Lindor couldn’t handle the toss and everybody was safe. Trent Moses struck out but Elander picked him up with a two-out, two-run single up the middle. David Rohm followed up with an RBI-single of his own, making it 4-0 Lynchburg after three innings.
That capped the scoring as pitching dominated the rest of the way. Carolina starter Joseph Colon (0-2) struck out a career-high eleven batters in his five-inning outing but took the loss after surrendering four runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk.
Carlos Perez made his Hillcats debut with a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth and John Cornely capped off the shutout with a perfect ninth inning. The Hillcats are now 4-1 the game after being shut out this season.
The Hillcats look to win consecutive games for the first time since May on Wednesday in game three of the four-game set. Blaine Sims (0-5, 9.00) takes the bump for Lynchburg against Nick Pasquale (1-5, 4.41) for Carolina. It’s a WLNI Win-Win Wednesday; as fans walk through the gates Wednesday they will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game at City Stadium (7/24). Gates open at 6pm for a 7:05pm first pitch or you can join Erik Wilson and Jake Levy for the radio broadcast starting with the Hillcats On-Deck Show, powered by Honda/Suzuki of Lynchburg, on 97.9 FM The Planet and lynchburg-hillcats.com