July 16, 2009 - Carolina League (CarL) - Lynchburg Hillcats
Lynchburg snapped its four-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over Potomac at Pfitzner Stadium Thursday night. The Hillcats return home for the start of a six-game homestand, beginning with the opener of a three-game set with Salem Friday at 7:05 p.m.
The Cats jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Jose De Los Santos led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Alex Presley. De Los Santos reached third on a fly out by Jordy Mercer and scored on an RBI double from Matt Hague. Kent Sakamoto drove in Hague with an RBI double to put Lynchburg in front 2-0.
Potomac struck back with three runs in the bottom of the frame. After Cats starter Chi-Hung Cheng retired the first two batters he faced, Dan Nelson drew a walk and Michael Burgess reached on a hit by pitch. Chris Marrero socked a three-run home run that sailed over the left field wall and gave the P-Nats a 3-2 edge.
The P-Nats extended their advantage in the bottom of the third. Boomer Whiting led off the frame with a double and Danny Espinosa delivered an RBI single to make it a 4-2 contest.
Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, the Cats seized the lead with a four-run frame. Matt Hague doubled off Potomac starter Will Atwood to start the inning. Sakamoto knocked in Hague with an RBI single.
Following a pitching change, Jared Keel popped out in foul territory before P-Nats reliever Jesse Estrada plunked Eric Fryer. Eddie Prasch followed with an RBI single that plated Sakamoto and enabled Fryer to reach third. Ciro Rosero drove in Fryer and Prasch with a two-run double that gave Lynchburg a 6-4 lead.
Potomac nearly tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Lynchburg reliever Ramon Aguero allowed consecutive singles to Marrero and Jesus Valdez to start the frame. With runners at the corners and one out, Stephen King knocked in Marrero with a sacrifice fly. Brian Peacock followed with a single up the middle, but De Los Santos\' throw from center field prevented Valdez from scoring the tying run and ended the inning.
The Cats tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. De Los Santos reached on a bunt single and stole second base. De Los Santos scored on a pair of throwing errors that began with Potomac catcher Devin Ivany\'s errant throw on a botched pickoff attempt. Whiting\'s error from center field enabled De Los Santos to race home and make it a 7-5 game.
R. J. Rodriguez worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his league-leading 17th save. Cheng (7-3) earned the win while Estrada (0-2) took the loss for Potomac.
Lynchburg will take on Salem at City Stadium Friday night. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
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