SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Behind a three-RBI night from Yainer Diaz, Lynchburg defeated Salem, 10-1, spoiling the Red Sox’ home opener on Tuesday night at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
Following a sac fly for the opening score in the first, a pair of singles from the Hillcats in the fifth broke what had become a pitcher’s dual, scoring three runs to pull away from the Sox. Lynchburg added a pair of runs in the sixth and four more in the ninth to improve to 7-0 this season while Salem falls to 3-4.
Xzavion Curry earned the win for the Hillcats, allowing just one hit and dealing seven strikeouts in five innings of work on the mound.
The game was the first minor league contest in Salem since September 5, 2019, marking 614 days without baseball after last season was canceled due to the pandemic. Capacity was reduced to 30 percent, or approximately two thousand fans.
The two teams will meet again Wednesday night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.