Blue Rocks clamp down on the Mudcats, 5-1
Zebulon, N.C. – Sam Selman and the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ bullpen held the Carolina Mudcats to one hit over eight innings to aide their team in pulling away for a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium. The win clinched the series for Wilmington (3-2), and the Mudcats fell to 3-2 on the year.
Selman (1-0) held the Mudcats scoreless for five innings while allowing only three base runners and striking out four. Antonio Cruz and Robinson Yambati pitched the final four innings; with Yambati recording his first save of 2013.
Jordan Cooper (0-1) took a tough loss for the Mudcats in his first outing. The right-hander pitched well, surrendering two runs, one earned, on three hits. He finished with two walks and two strikeouts.
Jordan Smith broke up the shutout by scoring Francisco Lindor with a single to right in the ninth. Lindor reached on a base hit to extend his streak to five games.
Wilmington opened the scoring in the second inning on a solo homer to left by Tim Ferguson with two out. It was the first earned run Jordan Cooper surrendered in 20.2 innings dating to last season. The Blue Rocks struck for their second run in the third. After Jorge Bonifacio reached safely on a fielding error by Lindor, Cheslor Cuthbert lined a double to right-center, scoring the runner.
The game stayed tight until the ninth, when the Blue Rocks scored three times to put the game away. With two on, two out, and down to his final strike, Lane Adams managed to draw a walk to load the bases. Bonifacio followed with a two-run single to left for a 4-0 lead. Cuthbert added the final run on a groundball single to center.
The Mudcats look to avoid the sweep against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Five County Stadium tomorrow morning. First pitch set for a special Education Day 11 a.m. start time. Right-hander Cody Anderson will throw against Blue Rocks right-hander Aaron Brooks.