The Hillcats (22-24) took the finale at Pfitzner Stadium 6-4 against the Potomac Nationals (24-21) tonight. Lucas Sims matched a career-long with seven innings, and set a season-high as well. He allowed just three runs and earned his team-best fifth win of the season. The 'Cats took three of five this week in Woodbridge pulling them within 2.5 games of the first place P-Nats.
Sims (5-3) left the game after seven with a 5-3 lead. Benino Pruneda took over and got into trouble in the eighth. He gave up a single, walked a man and another single loaded the bases with no outs. Oscar Tejeda then grounded out softly to third base bring a run home. The 'Cats elected to intentionally walk left-handed batter Shawn Pleffner to load the bases again. The strategy worked as Pruneda struck out Randolph Oduber and got Will Piwnica-Worms lined out to shortstop to end the threat.
The Hillcats now travel home for a seven-game home stand. They welcome the Winston-Salem Dash for a four-game series beginning with a 6:05pm first pitch Friday night. The gates open at 5pm and the first 1,000 kids in attendance will get a free Hillcats green and yellow pom-pom presented by Children's Dentistry and Orthodontics of Lynchburg. It's also a fireworks night presented by Bee Line Towing. The live radio broadcast will go on the air at 5:40pm with the Hillcats On-Deck Show presented by Amtrak Virginia on 97.9 The Planet.