Mudcats swept in Tuesday night doubleheader
The Lynchburg Hillcats swept a twin bill from the Carolina Mudcats on a Tuesday night that featured delays for a threat of weather and a power outage at Lynchburg City Stadium. It marks the third time Carolina has dropped both games of a doubleheader.
With the sweep, Lynchburg claims the Carolina League’s Northern Division first half championship.
The Hillcats (35-30) claimed game one, 2-1, with a walk-off sacrifice fly by Adam Milligan. The Mudcats (30-35) fell 8-1 in game two.
Will Roberts (3-3) took a tough loss in game one, throwing a complete-game, quality start. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits over 6.1 innings. Juan Jaime (1-2) recorded two outs in the top of the seventh for the win.
Milligan was responsible for both runs, driving in the first for a 1-0 lead on a single in the first. With the game tied 1-1 in the seventh, Tommy La Stella led off with a triple, and scored on Milligan’s fly ball to left field.
Thunderstorms in the area cause a lengthy delay between games, but game two began with a dominant start from the Hillcats’ J.R. Graham (8-1) and the Mudcats’ Michael Goodnight (2-7).
Lynchburg got to Goodnight first, hitting the Texan for four runs on five hits across five innings. Graham allowed one run on three hits in five innings.
Both starters were lost in the sixth inning when a power surge caused the entire facility to go dark for nearly 20 minutes.
Lynchburg scored back-to-back runs in the third and fourth innings. Adam Milligan launched his fourth home run of the year to put Lynchburg ahead 2-1 in the fourth.
In the fourth, the Hillcats sent eight to the plate, scoring a pair on three hits and an error. The Braves affiliate scored four runs on six hits in the sixth to salt the game away.
The Mudcats finish their series with Lynchburg on Wednesday night at 7:05.