May 19, 2017 - Carolina League (CarL) - Lynchburg Hillcats
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the third straight game, a five-run inning served as the catalyst for a Hillcats victory. This time,* Sicnarf Loopstok's *three-run homer highlighted a five-run third to propel Lynchburg to a 9-5 win against Winston-Salem at BB&T Ballpark Thursday night.
After neither team scored in the first two frames, *Daniel Salters *opened the third with a walk. *Willi Castro *singled, and *Ka'ai Tom *drove in *Salters *with a base hit. With one out, *Loopstok *drilled a line drive over the left field fence to give Lynchburg a 4-0 lead. *Andrew Calica *doubled with two outs and scored on an errant throw to make it 5-0.
After a *Landon Lassiter *two-run homer in the sixth cut it to 5-2, Lynchburg answered with a run in the seventh. *Jodd Carter *and *Salters *had back-to-back singles, and *Castro *brought home *Carter *with a sacrifice fly. In the eighth inning, *Louis Silverio *hit a three-run homer to left to bring Winston-Salem within one, 6-5.
Lynchburg pulled away in the ninth with three runs on three hits. *Yonathan Mendoza, Castro, *and *Sam Haggerty *all had hits in the stanza, while *Mendoza, Carter *and *Castro *plated the runs.
*Argenis Angulo *entered when the score was 6-5 in the eighth and retired all four batters he faced to earn his fourth save of the year. *Shao-Ching Chiang *(6-1, 2.39) went 7 2/3 innings to notch his sixth consecutive win. The right-hander struck out seven, which fell two shy of a career high and marked his third highest total as a professional. *Brannon Easterling *(2-3, 3.50) allowed a season-high five runs on five hits in six innings to suffer the loss.
Lynchburg returns home Friday to begin a five-game, four-day series against Potomac. The Hillcats will send *Matt Esparza *(2-3, 3.60) to the mound in a game that starts at 6:30 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Hillcats flag giveaway courtesy of Pepsi. Gates open at 5:30. Fans can listen to the game live at www.lynchburg-hillcats.com beginning with pre-game coverage at 6:20 p.m.