The Lynchburg Hillcats have evened up its Carolina League playoff series Thursday night in a hard-fought,14-inning match against the Potomac Nationals. The Hillcats won 6-5. The Hillcats and Nationals have one game remaining in the series.
After a scoreless first three innings, the Nationals were able to get one of their men to score in the top of the 3rd. The Hillcats' Francisco Mejia homered it and brought home a man making the score 2-1 at the bottom of the third. The Nationals were at a standstill in the fourth and fifth innings whereas the Hillcats were able to get one on the board in the bottom of the 4th, leading 3-1. In the top of the 6th, the Nationals notched two more on the scoreboard while the Hillcats managed to increase the score themselves: Hillcats led 4-3. After a silent 7th, the Nationals tied the game up 4-4 in the bottom of the 8th. The teams would go on to play until the 12th inning without scoring. The Nationals took the lead in the top of the 12th, but the Hillcats evened it up 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th. After a grueling, yet quiet, 13th inning, the Hillcats closed it out in the bottom of the 14th with a Bobby Bradley single to bring in Yonathan Mendoza. Hillcats win 6-5.
The Salem Red Sox have evened up its three-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Thursday night with a 5-1 victory. The Red Sox and Pelicans have one game remaining in the series.
After a scoreless first inning, right fielder Jayce Ray homered on a line drive to right field at the bottom of the 2nd. In the bottom of the 3rd, Rafael Devers singled on a ground ball to Pelican right fielder Jeffrey Baez. Red Sox center fielder Joseph Monge scored. In the top of the 4th, Pelicans second baseman David Bote singled on a ground ball to Red Sox center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe. Pelicans left fielder Charcer Burks scored. In the bottom of the 4th, Salem shortstop Jeremy Rivera grounded out. At the bottom of the 5th, third baseman Rafael Devers homered on a fly ball to right center field, bringing in his man Monge.
The Lynchburg Hillcats and Salem Red Sox both face must-win games tonight in their respective Carolina League playoff series.
The Hillcats host Potomac at 6:30 p.m., and the Red Sox host Myrtle Beach at 7:05 p.m.
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The Red Sox lost game one last night 8-1 at Myrtle Beach, but get the home field advantage for the second and if neccesary, third game. Salem is 7-4 at home against Myrtle Beach this year. In the past two seasons, the team that lost Game One of the Southern Division Championship Series has gone on to win the best-of-three series.
The Hillcats are back at home and down 1-0 in their series with Potomac. .