Lynchburg used some early offense to build a 4-2 lead by the middle of the second inning, but Potomac scored four runs in the home half to take a 6-4 lead and hang on the rest of the way in a 6-5 final Wednesday afternoon.
Lynchburg plated three runs on three hits to begin the game. Sam Haggerty had a leadoff double, Willi Castro singled, and Andrew Calica walked to load the bases. Sicnarf Loopstok picked up his team-leading 55th RBI of the year when he was hit by a pitch, and Connor Marabell had a sacrifice fly in the frame. Austin Davidson hit a two-run homer in the first to bring Potomac within one, 3-2.
The Hillcats answered in the second with a run after Calica drove in Haggerty with a two-out single. Haggerty had walked and stolen his league-leading 36th base of the year earlier in the stanza. Potomac used a four-run bottom of the second to claim the lead for the rest of the game. Rhett Wiseman had an RBI double, and Daniel Johnson's three-run homer moved the Nationals into the lead.
Lynchburg's final run came in the fourth. Castro singled and eventually scored on another Marabell sacrifice fly. Castro finished the game 3-5 for his team-leading 32nd multi-hit game of the year. Calica, Ka'ai Tom and Martin Cervenka added two-hit performances, but the Hillcats stranded 13 runners and never pushed across the tying run after the fourth inning.
Triston McKenzie (9-6) took the loss after surrendering a pair of homers in the first two innings. He went five innings and was charged with six runs on six hits. He struck out a pair and walked three. Jared Robinson had 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, and Billy Strode recorded the final two outs for the Hillcats on the mound.
Lynchburg returns home to play Down East for the first time in franchise history. The four-game series begins with a Thursday contest at 6:30 p.m. It's Outdoors Night presented by Hunters for the Hungry, and gates open at City Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Fans can listen to the game live at www.lynchburg-hillcats.com.
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