Lynchburg - Carolina League Pitcher of the Year Gus Schlosser rose to the occasion once again Tuesday night for the Hillcats, who beat Winston-Salem 1-0 and are now one win away from a Carolina League Championship.
Schlosser pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out seven. Winston-Salem's Erik Johnson also pitched a whale of a game, six complete innings, also yielding just four hits and striking out six.
Two of those four hits came in the fifth. With one out, David Rohm lines one down the left field line for a double for Lynchburg. Three batters later, Dan Brewer rips one to left, Rohm rounds third and beats the throw to the plate for the first run of the game. It proved to be the ONLY run of the game.
The Dash threatened in the seventh, Marcus Semien doubled off the wall in right center. But Schlosser gets Michael Earley swingin' for the third out and the big man is PUMPED, great way to finish his seven innings.
Winston-Salem threatened again in the ninth, but Juan Jaime blows one by Kevan Smith for the final out.
Hillcats win 1-0 to grab a 2-1 series lead, Lynchburg one win away from a Carolina League championship.
Gus Schlosser, 7 INNINGS, 4 HITS, 0 RUNS, 7 K - "It hasn't really sunk in yet. I just tried to go out there and just act like it was a normal game. But I'm sure tomorrow it'll sink in that tonight was really big to put us within one of winning the championship."
Dan Brewer, GAME-WINNING RBI SINGLE IN 5TH - "I mean we've just got to go out and get one more. Hopefully we can come out tomorrow and you know get going early and maybe get a little more run support for Northcraft early in the game tomorrow and you know run away with it early."