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Hillcats Suffer Setback Against Red Sox

Lynchburg Overcome by Salem’s Offensive Attack in Series Opener
(Gary Streiffer)
September 8, 2021

Lynchburg, Virginia – The Salem Red Sox (67-42) smashed three home runs to defeat the Lynchburg Hillcats (53-56) 10-2 on Tuesday night at Bank of the James Stadium. HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With Hillcats starter Brauny Munoz (4-4) on the mound Salem pounced right away in the top of the

Lynchburg, Virginia – The Salem Red Sox (67-42) smashed three home runs to defeat the Lynchburg Hillcats (53-56) 10-2 on Tuesday night at Bank of the James Stadium.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With Hillcats starter Brauny Munoz (4-4) on the mound Salem pounced right away in the top of the first inning. Ceddane Rafaela sliced a leadoff single, coming home when Tyler McDonough smoked a single to center field. A second tally came in when Gilberto Jimenez lofted a sac-fly that scored McDonough, putting Salem up 2-0 after just a half inning of play.
  • Salme tacked on two more in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a solo-shot off the bat of catcher Alex Erro.
  • Another sacrifice fly from the Red Sox, this time Nick Northcut, put the Red Sox up 5-0 in the top of the third with Munoz still on the mound.
  • Salem was not done there, pouring on three more in the top of the fifth inning. After McDonough knocked another hit, jogging home thanks to a Jimenez home run to right that put the Red Sox lead at seven. After Munoz walked Nick Decker with still no outs in the fifth, Lynchburg made a pitching change, sending out reliever Alec Wisely. The Hillcats’ righty fanned two Salem batters in a row, but a fielding error by Korey Holland in left scored Decker. Wisely got out of the frame with another strikeout, but Salem took a hefty 8-0 lead after four and a half innings.
  • The Red Sox went up ten in the top of the sixth when McDonough went yard, crushing a two-run shot over the wall in right.
  • Shane Drohan held the Hillcats scoreless in his five inning start with the Red Sox, allowing just three Lynchburg hits. It wasn’t until Salem made a pitching change in the bottom of the sixth that the ‘Cats finally got on the board. With new hurler Miguel Suero on the mound, Gabriel Rodriguez led off the inning with a single. Alexfri Planez pushed Rodriguez to third with a base-hit of his own. A balk by Suero scored Rodriguez and the Hillcats cut the Salem lead to nine.
  • Planez pushed Angel Martinez home in the bottom of the eighth inning to make it 10-2 Red Sox, but the Hillcats did not have a massive comeback in them in an eight run loss in game one.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Hillcats take on Salem Wednesday night at Bank of the James Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30pm with Aaron Davenport set to take the mound.