Hillcats at Nationals Tonight

Lynchburg Hillcats

July 16, 2009 - Carolina League (CarL) - Lynchburg Hillcats

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THE HILLCATS: Lynchburg fell 8-4 last night to Potomac and have now dropped the first three games of this four-game series...Tonight is the final game of the set against Potomac and the last game of a seven-game road trip...They are 2-4 on the trip with a series victory over the Dash and tonight they try and salvage a win in this four-game set...

VS. POTOMAC: The Hillcats are 7-6 against the Nationals this season and had won all three series in which they have met prior to this series, including their only series thus far at Pfitzner Stadium...Last season the two teams split the season series 10-10 and the P-Nats were just one of two teams the Cats had a .500 record or better against last year...Lynchburg won the final five games against each other last season...In the all-time series Lynchburg has the edge 150-142 and they are 68-73 in Woodbridge...The Hillcats had won 12 of the last 15 games between these two teams and had won six of the last seven games at the Pfitz before this series got under way...

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Lynchburg, the winners of the first half championship in the Northern Division, just took two out of three from Winston-Salem, the first half Southern Division champions...Now the Hillcats are playing a four-game series with Potomac, the 2008 Mills Cup Champions in the Carolina League...

STRANDED: Last night Lynchburg got the lead-off runner on three times and was unable to score any of those runners...The last 12 lead-off runners that have reached for the Hillcats have not come around to score...On Tuesday they had the lead-off man on in six of the nine innings but could not plate a run in any of those frames...In this series the Cats have left 24 men on base and have gone 4-for-30 (.133) with men in scoring position...

HOMER HAPPY: A night ago the Hillcats homered three times in a game for the fifth time this season last night and the three long balls accounted for all four runs they scored...OF Lastings Milledge hit two of those homers and it was the sixth time this season a Cat has had a multi-homer game...

EARLY ADVANTAGE? In all three games of this series the Hillcats have had an early lead before falling in all htree contests...They led 3-2 through three innings on Monday before losing 7-3...On Tuesday they scored the first two runs and eventually lost 3-2...Last night they plated the first run of the game and lost 8-4 to the Nationals...

YOU"VE ONLY JUST ARRIVED: OF Lastings Milledge played his last game of three with the Hillcats last night and went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers, three RBI and two runs scored...In his three games with the Hillcats he went a combined 3-for-12 (.250) with a double, two home runs, four RBI, three runs scored and a walk...He was the number one overall prospect in the New York Mets organization (2005 and 2006) and was traded to the Pirates from the Nationals on June 30th along with RHP Joel Hanrahan for former Hillcats OF Nyjer Morgan and LHP Sean Burnett...Last season Milledge spent the majority of the season with Washington and batted .268 with 14 homers, 61 RBI and 24 steals in 138 games with the Nationals...The Hillcats are the sixth team he has played with in 42 games this season (GCL Nationals, Syracuse Chiefs, Washington Nationals, GCL Pirates, Indianapolis Indians)...

FIRST TIMERS: UTIL Jose De Los Santos played center field for just the second time in his career last night and committed his second error in two games on this road trip in the outfield...He also has played third base for the first time in his career this season...Four other Hillcats have played a position this season they have never played before...OF Jared Keel played right field for the first time as a professional on Monday night and was there again on Tuesday afternoon and last night...INF Jordy Mercer played third base on Tuesday afternoon for just the fifth time in his career...INF Chase d\'Arnaud played second base on Monday night for the eighth time on any level that he has played...UTIL Eddie Prasch played second base for the tenth time in his career last night...

LIGHTS OUT: C Kris Watts went 0-for-2 last night with a pair of walks and had his season-long nine-game hitting-streak...Over that time he has gone 14-for-30 (.467) with four doubles, four RBI and three runs scored...The all-star catcher hit .444 in April and was still batting .373 on May 23rd, but from then until before this hitting streak started he was hitting .195 (15-for-77) and his averaged dipped to .298...Watts currently is tied for second in the league with his .320 batting average and is first in the circuit with a .451 on-base percentage...He also layed down his first two bunt base hits of his professional career in the first two games of this series...

TONIGHT\'S OPPOSING PITCHER: LHP Will Atwood was selected by Washington in the 12th round of the 2008 amateur entry draft out of the University of South Carolina...In his junior season and his final year with the Gamecocks he went 5-4 with a 5.25 ERA in 16 games (12 starts)...He made his professional debut with Short-Season Low-A Vermont last year and went 2-1 with a 2.41 earned run average in 12 starts with the Lake Monsters...He skipped full season Low-A to begin this season with Potomac...He has posted an 5-6 record with a 4.73 ERA in 16 starts with the P-Nats...He has made three starts against Lynchburg and has gone 1-1 with a 7.24 ERA...In his first six starts this season Atwood went 0-4 with a 9.23 ERA...Since then he has gone 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA in his last 10 starts...


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