Let’s Play…Three?! Not Today, as Lynchburg Changes Course on Tripleheader
Bob Toth | On 04, May 2016
Monday and Tuesday both turned out to be not-so-great days for a baseball game for the Lynchburg Hillcats and the visiting Potomac Nationals.
So…let’s play three?
After weather interfered with the completion of Monday’s game in Virginia, Lynchburg suspended its game with Potomac in the fifth inning, with intentions on continuing the contest prior to Tuesday’s game. But an afternoon storm created unplayable conditions and, instead, the Hillcats and Nationals were going to attempt to play THREE games on Wednesday afternoon.
It’s hard to think that Ernie Banks had such a concept in mind when his popular catchphrase “Let’s play two!” took the baseball world by storm.
But, after careful consideration with their parent clubs, both affiliates and the Carolina League have opted instead to use Wednesday as a doubleheader, making up the suspended game from Monday and one of the rained out games in the series. The two teams have a mutual off day on Monday, May 9, and Potomac will return to Lynchburg to make up the third game of this week’s series in a 6:00 PM ET start.
So now, the two teams will first look to complete the originally suspended game from Monday, which will pick up at 5:00 PM ET on Wednesday in the fifth inning with a base runner on at first and nobody out, with the visiting Nationals at the plate with a 4-2 lead. Following the completion of the suspended game, the two teams will play a seven-inning game in the traditional minor league doubleheader format.
According to a press release from the Hillcats on Tuesday, the attempted tripleheader originally planned for Wednesday would have been the first tripleheader in the Carolina League since August 1, 1996, when the Frederick Keys hosted the Salem Avalanche for a triple-dip.
Monday’s game initially started with a 2-0 Hillcats lead before four unanswered runs by the Nationals. After a 19-minute delay to start the game because of rain, Lynchburg starter Sean Brady struck out the side. Hillcats outfielder Taylor Murphy drew a one-out bases loaded walk to force in Greg Allen with the first run in the bottom of the first, and a sacrifice fly from Dorssys Paulino scored Yu-Cheng Chang, who had reached on a single after Allen’s walk to start the frame.
Potomac scored two in the next half inning after a walk from Dale “D.K.” Carey and a single from Drew Ward. Bryan Mejia doubled one run in and a single from Alec Keller tied the game. The Nationals added single runs in the third and fifth. Carey walked, stole second, and scored on a single from Mejia in the third inning, and Jose Marmolejos hit a solo homer to right in the fifth just prior to the weather causing an extended break in the action.
“First” pitch from the revised crazy day in Lynchburg is scheduled for 5:00 PM ET.
***editor’s note: this story was drastically altered one hour after originally posting after a morning press release from the Lynchburg Hillcats announced the change in plan for Wednesday’s tripleheader.