WILMINGTON, DE – Hillcats manager Luis Salazar said pitching and defense wins in the playoffs and in game one of the Carolina League Northern Division Series, Lynchburg had that and then some.
Gus Schlosser pitched eight scoreless innings. The defense played errorless ball and the offense delivered 15 hits in an 8-0 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
The Hillcats can win the best-of-three series Thursday night at home with a victory. Dismather Delgado will pitch for Lynchburg beginning at 6:05 p.m.
Schlosser, the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year, was steady and dominant throughout the game. In eight innings, he allowed just three hits, one walk, and struck out six. Schlosser had lost two of his previous three starts to close out the regular season.
Tommy La Stella, recently back from an extended stay on the disabled list, was 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs.
Dan Brewer, Nick Ahmed, and La Stella, the Hillcats 1-2-3 hitters finished the game 6-for-13 with 5 RBIs.
Emerson Landoni provided a spark as well, going 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored.
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