Hillcats bats come alive in home finale, bruising Buies Creek, 7-3
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET/Lynchburg Hillcats) - After scoring ten runs through the first six games of the season, the Lynchburg Hillcats plated a season-high seven runs on Wednesday, beating the Buies Creek Astros, 7-3, in the series finale at City Stadium.
Lynchburg broke though in the second inning when they scored three runs and sent nine hitters to the plate. Connor Capel led off the frame with a double, and Emmanuel Tapia followed with what was the first of four walks issued in the inning by Astros starter Jorge Alcala (Loss, 0-1). Logan Ice ripped a single to right field to score Capel, while Luke Wakamatsu and Trenton Brooks each worked bases-loaded walks to bring home another two runs.
Ahead 4-0 in the third, Wakamatsu crushed a bases-clearing three-run double off the right field wall to give Lynchburg a 7-0 advantage. The shortstop finished with four RBI on the night.
Lynchburg scored six of their seven runs with two out.
Sam Hentges (Win, 1-0), tied a career-high with six innings pitched. The left-hander allowed five hits, three runs (one earned) and struck out five.
Justin Garcia (Save, 1) made his season debut and hurled three hitless innings out of the bullpen.
The Astros scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning. Abraham Toro-Hernandez and Kristian Trompiz each hit RBI singles, and the third run scored on an error.
Alcala allowed three earned runs on two hits, and walked five in 1.2 innings. Carlos Sierra came on in relief and allowed four earned runs in three innings, walking four.
The Astros issued eight free passes to Lynchburg on Wednesday.
The Hillcats (3-4) wrapped up their season-opening seven-game homestand by avoiding the sweep against the Astros.
On Thursday, Lynchburg embarks on their first road trip of the season as the team will travel to Wilmington for a four-game series against the Blue Rocks.
Right-hander Zach Plesac (0-1, 11.57) will make his second start of the season for the Hillcats, opposite of right-hander Anthony Bender (1-0, 2.25). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Frawley Stadium.