Hillcats Blanked by Salem in Rubber MatchAugust 3, 2013 - Carolina League (CarL) Lynchburg Hillcats
The Hillcats (15-23, 51-56) failed to back up Ross, who was perfect through 4.1 innings before a soft liner fell into right field. Ross responded by immediately getting a double play; he faced the minimum through five innings. Ross (7-5) went seven innings total and allowed a run on four hits and a walk while striking out five batters. Ross has gone a season-high seven innings each of his last two outings.
The Red Sox (21-20, 54-57) finally snapped the scoreless tie in the seventh inning. Keury De La Cruz led off with a double off the center field wall. Ross got back-to-back strikeouts before Mookie Betts drove a first-pitch line drive into left field to plate the run. The score snapped a string of 35.2 innings without Hillcats starting pitchers giving up an earned run.
Salem starter Mike Augliera (7-6) allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings. He struck out four and walked a man. He didn't allow a hit past the second inning and at one point retired 15 straight Hillcats.
The Red Sox pulled away with two runs in the ninth. A walk and three straight hits drove in a pair. Stefan Welch doubled home De La Cruz then scored himself on a ground ball single by Blake Swihart.
Emerson Landoni and Kyle Kubitza had back-to-back singles and David Rohm was grazed by an 0-2 pitch to load the bases for Josh Elander but he hit a high chopper for a game-ending double play.
The Hillcats have their final off day of the regular season Sunday before beginning a six-game road trip Monday in Winston-Salem, NC. First pitch between the Dash and Hillcats is set for 7pm with Jarett Miller (8-6, 3.42) taking the mound for Lynchburg against Jake Cose (3-4, 5.26) for the Dash. Join Erik Wilson for the live radio broadcast starting with the Hillcats On-Deck Show, powered by Honda/Suzuki of Lynchburg, at 6:40pm on 97.9 FM The Planet and lynchburg-hillcats.com.
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