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LYNCHBURG, Va. — After a six-game homestand in which they won five, the Carolina Mudcats got a rude awakening in their first trip to City Stadium, the home of Single-A Carolina League rival Lynchburg Hillcats, on Monday evening.
The Hillcats pounced on Carolina starting pitcher Nelson Hernandez for three earned runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for a 4-2 victory. Lynchburg (18-17) became the first team to beat the Mudcats (22-15) when Hernandez, who dropped to 4-1, got the start. He fired four shutout innings after the rocky start and gave up one more run in the sixth inning before exiting but the damage was done.
Carolina managed two runs off Lynchburg starter Matt Solter, who notched the win in his first decision of 2019 with six solid innings. Tristen Lutz doubled in run for the Mudcats in the third inning, their first hit of the game. In the fifth, a pair of triples by Zach Clark and Devin Hairston accounted for Carolina’s second run.
Robert Broom, the last of a trio of pitchers after Solter, got the save.
No Mudcat had more than one hit while Oscar Gonzalez was 2 for 3, including a two-run triple in the first, to pace Lynchburg.
The Mudcats and Hillcats play game 2 of their four-game series Tuesday evening at 6:30.