The Hillcats wrapped up their two week road trip with a successful visit to Salem. The Cats won four of the six games in Salem and picked up a win in game one of their home series with Columbia. In the three loses this week Lynchburg remained competitive as two of the losses were by a single run.

Lynchburg plays the textbook definition of small ball. Get the runner on, get him over and then bring him home. The strategy has worked for the Hillcats as they lead the Carolina League with 209 walks. They are averaging 5.2 walks per game.

As a team the Hillcats are batting .251 with a league leading OBP of .361. Lynchburg currently is a half game behind the Carolina Mudcats for first place in the Carolina League North Division.

Results

5/19/22: W 6-4 at Salem
5/20/22: W 10-9 at Salem
5/21/22: L 9-5 at Salem
5/22/22: L 9-8 at Salem
5/24/22: W 9-1 vs Columbia
5/25/22: L 2-1 vs Columbia

Prospect of the Week

Will Dion (5 IP, 9 K, BB)

Will Dion was sensational in his appearance against Columbia on May 24. Dion struck out 9 batters and didn’t allow a hit. He did walk a batter and hit another but those were the only flaws. Dion has 22 strikeouts on the year and has allowed just three earned runs. This outing was Dion’s first win of the season.

Who’s Hot

Milan Tolentino (7-17, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB – .412/.500/.706)

Tolentino continued what he has down all year at the plate. He was named the Carolina League player of the week for the week of May 16.

Isaiah Greene (6-17, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 6 BB – .353/.522/.588)

Greene highlighted his speed this week as he hit for two triples. He now is up to four triples on the year which leads the entire Guardians organization.

Wilfri Peralta (6-15, 3B, 5 RBI, 2 BB – .400/.471/.533)

Peralta has only played in 17 games this season but made his mark this week. His six hits came in just four games played this week. He has made the most of every opportunity this season.

Luis Durango (7-20, 2B, 2 BB – .350/.409/.400)

Durango had a productive week at the plate with his most impressive stat being that he only struck out one time. He grabbed four stolen bases this week as well.

Trey Benton (3 IP, 5 K)

Benton made the most of his two appearances this week. Two runs were scored on him but neither were earned.

Juan Zapata (4.2 IP, 8 K, ER, BB)

Zapata appeared in two games this week for the Hillcats. He didn’t disappoint as he only allowed one hit while fanning eight batters. His ERA is now 2.70 for the year.

Who’s Not

Tyler Thornton (2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 BB)

Thornton had a rough outing this week as he couldn’t make it through a complete inning. He lacked command as he not only walked four batters but hit another. Thornton threw 30 pitches, 18 were balls.

Trenton Denholm (3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, HR, BB, 3 K)

Denholm was hindered by amount of hits and runs he allowed in five innings pitched. On the week he had a 15.00 ERA

Dayan Frias (3-21, 3 BB – .143/.280/.143)

Frias had a disappointing week as he only mustered three hits in 21 at-bats. He led the team with 12 strikeouts and while most of Lynchburg’s bats were hot, his was ice cold.

Transactions

5/19/22 – Placed 1B Will Bartlett on 7-day injured list

Up Next

5/26-5/29 vs Columbia

5/31-6/1 vs Carolina 

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