Lynchburg slides by Blue Rocks
The Hillcats added another game to their division lead in what has become more than just a coincidence. Their 1-0 victory over Wilmington was the third time this season that they have a shutout win by the way of a solo blast. It was Robby Hefflinger’s turn to give Gus Schlosser the one run he needed to pick up his fourth win of the season.
The runs were even more scarce than the opportunities thanks to two great pitching performances by the ‘Cats and Rocks staffs. The starters Gus Schlosser and Santiago Garrido were exceptional in the battle. The sole mistake was made by Garrido in the top of the fifth on a 1-0 fastball. Robby Hefflinger blasted the pitch to nearly straightaway center field. The homer was Hefflinger’s third of the season and first in nearly 100 at-bats.
That would be all Schlosser needed in his seven innings. Mainly due to him setting down 14 in a row from the last to in the third through the seventh inning.
The lone trouble the ‘Cats staff ran into was in the 8th with Caleb Brewer on the mound. He would load the bases on a double, a walk and an intentional walk after falling behind 3-0 in the count. Juan Jamie would enter to face Brett Eibner with the bases loaded, but Jamie had too much gas and blew Eibner away to end the inning. Jamie would close out the game for his sixth save of the season.
Gus Schlosser (4-2) went seven innings, walking one and fanning three while allowing three hits. The tough-luck loss goes to Santiago Garrido (0-1). He scattered six hits, walked one and sat down four in six innings. It was the solo blast that would prove to be the only run–and the difference–in the game.
Game three of four is set for tomorrow at 6:05 pm. On the mound Lynchburg will send their only lefty starter Dimasther Delgado (1-1, 3.38) to the mound on Wednesday. Righty Greg Billo (3-3, 5.33) will take on the Braves’ 18th-rated prospect. Gates will open tomorrow at 5:00 pm at Lynchburg City Stadium. If you can’t make it to the park, tune in and listen live to all the action on 105.5 FM KD Country and online at lynchburg-hillcats.com starting with the Hillcats On-Deck Show coming on the air at 5:40pm with Erik Wilson and Mike Viso.