Hillcats Hammered By Sox
From the Hillcats:Lynchburg, VA - For the second straight game, the Hillcats failed to produce a run, falling to the Salem Red Sox by a 10-0 margin at Calvin Falwell Field Tuesday night. After being held to two hits at Wilmington Monday afternoon, Lynchburg (49-53) only mustered three hits against the combination of Pat Light and Kyle Kraus one day later. The duo struck out eight while only allowing a total of six baserunners on three hits and three walks. Of the five times the Hillcats have been shutout this season, three have come at the hands of the Red Sox. Light (4-5) walked the first two batters of the seventh before being lifted in favor of Kraus. The right-handed reliever earned his second save of the year after going the final three frames, striking out three and only surrendering one hit. Cody Scarpetta (3-4) took the loss for the Hillcats after conceding four runs on six hits in five innings while striking out four. Brady Feigl worked a perfect ninth for Lynchburg with three strikeouts. Salem (46-53) broke through on the scoreboard after Aneury Tavarez drew a one-out walk, stole second base and scored on a two-out single by Matt Gedman. The Red Sox added two more runs in the fourth with back-to-back two-out doubles by Tavarez and Kevin Heller followed by another base hit by Gedman. Salem scored eight of its 10 runs and notched 10 of its 13 hits with two outs in an inning. One of the few times the Red Sox struck early in a stanza was the fifth when Carlos Asuaje hit a leadoff home run to give Salem a 4-0 advantage. The Red Sox added four in the sixth, highlighted by a two-out, two-run triple by Matty Johnson. Salem plated its final two in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Heller and a two-out single by Asuaje. Gedman led the offensive attack with a 3-for-5 day that included two RBIs and a run scored. Asuaje finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and his first two runs scored at the Advanced-A level. Justin Bloxom, Daniel Carroll and David Nick registered the three hits for Lynchburg, all of which were singles. The Hillcats did not have a runner reach third base in the contest and grounded into two double plays. Lynchburg will try to recover against Salem Wednesday night at 7:05pm. Hillcats starter Daniel Watts (2-2, 4.66) has won two straight starts and will be opposed by Joe Gunkel (1-3, 3.86).