Hillcats Drop 12-inning Affair To Salem, 5-4
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET/Hillcats) - Lynchburg lost a heartbreaker against Salem in 12 innings at City Stadium, 5-4. The ‘Cats and Red Sox were knotted from the eighth inning until Jose Sermo singled in the eventually winning run in Luis Basabe. The Hillcats set a new season-high with 19 strikeouts in the extra inning affair.
Salem did not wait around to score as Nick Longhi hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Luis Basabe. Lynchburg scored its first two runs in the game in the third stanza to take the lead. Taylor Murphy began the frame with a single and came around to score on a Claudio Bautista double. Later in the inning, Anthony Santander singled to bring home Bautista and make the count, 2-1. The Red Sox tied the game in the fifth and took the lead with two more runs in the top half of the eighth.
The ‘Cats answered with two runs to tie the game at 4-all. Santander and Bradley walked to put two runners on base for Dorssys Paulino. Paulino came through with a two RBI double down the left field line. The Hillcats threatened to walk it off in the ninth but two runners were stranded after a leadoff walk and a bunt single by Yonathan Mendoza. Sicnarf Loopstok leadoff the 11th with a double but he was stranded as well. The Red Sox tallied the eventually winning run in the 12th and infielder Jordan Betts closed out the contest to earn the save.
Lynchburg wraps up the regular season against Salem Monday at 2:00 p.m. Thomas Pannone (2-0, 1.96) will be on the mound for the Hillcats.