LYNCHBURG, VA (April 12, 2017) - The Salem Red Sox couldn't come up with the timely hits necessary to top the Lynchburg Hillcats Wednesday night, falling 4-1 at Calvin Falwell Field in Lynchburg.
The Red Sox (3-4) were able to keep the score tight until the eighth inning, but a big inning allowed by the bullpen doomed their hopes of a three-game sweep. The Hillcats (2-5) rolled up 10 hits for the second straight night, bolstering their batting average which entered the night at just .215, second-worst in the Carolina League.
Lynchburg opened the scoring in the bottom of the third against Sox starter Matthew Kent. Sam Haggerty ripped a one-out single off Kent, and swiped second base. With two outs, Martin Cervenka laced a single to left-center to plate Haggerty and put Lynchburg ahead 1-0.
Salem answered in the top of the fourth, as second baseman Josh Tobias hammered a double to right, advancing to third on an error by right fielder Andrew Calica. With one out, Josh Ockimey lofted a sacrifice fly to right, bringing home Tobias to even the score at 1-1.
Lynchburg retook the lead in the bottom of the eighth, as Sox reliever Adam Lau (L, 0-1) gave up a leadoff hit to Haggerty. Bobby Poyner came in, and was promptly welcomed by a double to left by Calica, advancing Haggerty to third. The Sox intentionally walked Cervenka, loading the bases for Connor Marabell. On a grounder to short, Deiner Lopez fired home, retiring Haggerty but keeping the bases loaded. Yonathan Mendoza then looped a single to left-center, scoring Calica and Cervenka. Sicnarf Loopstok struck out for the second out, but Daniel Salters hit a grounder to short for an infield single. Lopez threw to first in an attempt to retire Salters, but his throw was errant, and Marabell scooted home to make it 4-1 in favor of Lynchburg. The Sox got the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but couldn't score against Jason Garcia (S, 1). Argenis Angulo (W, 1-0) got the win despite allowing three hits (including two doubles) and a walk in two innings.
The Sox will look to bounce back Thursday night against the Down East Wood Ducks, with lefty Daniel McGrath getting the ball for Salem against Wood Ducks righty Pedro Payano. First pitch at Grainger Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m., and Ben Gellman's pregame show starts at 6:45 on the Red Sox Radio Network.
The Carolina League All-Star Game returns to Salem on Tuesday, June 20 at Haley Toyota Field. As part of a celebration of 50 years of Carolina League baseball in the Roanoke Valley, the Red Sox will host a skills competition on Monday, June 19. The skills competition will take place at historic Kiwanis Field, the original home of Carolina League baseball in Salem. All 2017 Salem Red Sox season ticket holders will have tickets to the skills competition and the All-Star Classic at Haley Toyota Field included in their ticket package.
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