Lynchburg Hillcats paste Mudcats
The game was tied 1-1 heading into the sixth inning, but the Hillcats scored nine runs over the the last four frames to win their second in a row at Five County Stadium. Every Lynchburg hitter who came to the plate, including pinch-runner Bobby Stevens who ended up batting in the ninth, recorded a hit in the win.
The Mudcats lead once scoring in the first inning. Tony Wolters hit a deep fly ball to right-center field. The ball went of the glove of right fielder Adam Milligan for a three base error. Wolters then scored on an RBI-single for Bo Greenwell. It was 1-0 Mudcats.
Edward Salcedo tied the game in the fourth inning with a solo home run. It was his team-leading 11th tape-measure shot of the season.
The Hillcats took their first lead in the sixth inning batting eight in the frame. Dan Brewer singled and Adam Milligan doubled to put runners at second and third with nobody out. Back-to-back sacrifice flies followed for Salcedo and Chris Garcia. David Rohm then started a two-out rally with a single. Matt Weaver and Chad Comer added two more base-hits, Comer’s scoring Rohm. The Hillcats led 4-1.
Two more runs scored for Lynchburg in the seventh inning. Rohm collected his third hit of the game with an RBI-single, making it 6-1.
RHP Cody Martin left the game after six innings. He allowed just one unearned run to the Mudcats in the first inning. He gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out five. RHP Ryne Harper relieved him in the seventh and surrendered the only other Mudcat run. Wolters smacked a two-out RBI-single up the middle. It was his 100th hit of the season. Lynchburg was ahead 6-2 going to the eighth.
It remained 6-2 until the ninth. The Hillcats added four more runs. Stevens led off the ninth with his first plate appearance of the game after pinch-running in the seventh. He became the 10th Hillcats to record a hit when he doubled to left field. Seven more Hillcats came to the plate that inning. Two walks and three wild pitches aided a four-run rally that put Lynchburg on top 10-2.
RHP Ian Marshall tossed a perfect ninth inning and the Hillcats clinched the series.
The Hillcats are now 21-21 in the second half.