Carolina Mudcats demolish Frederick Keys, 11-3, behind 14 hits
FREDERICK, Md. –– The Carolina Mudcats halted a five game skid with an 11-3 demolition of the Frederick Keys on Wednesday night. The Mudcats posted six runs in the top of the fifth to jump out to a 10-1 lead.
With Frederick starter Parker Bridwell on the ropes, Carolina used two singles and a fielding error from Jerome Pena to load the bases. Reliever Miguel Chalas was brought in to pull the Keys out of the jam but the right hander surrendered back to back walks that forced two runs home. Another fielding error on a Logan Vick ground ball allowed a third run to score.
LeVon Washington scored on a Yhoxian Medina ground out later in the inning and Yandy Diaz plated another run with a single to right. Carolina then capped off the big inning with a Jerrud Sabourin ground out that scored Medina to make it a 10-1 score.
The big inning put the game out of reach for the Keys who could only muster an additional two scores during the remainder of the game.
Ryan Merritt (11-3, 2.61) earned the win after he allowed just two earned runs off of six hits in 6.0 innings of play. Carolina’s ace looked strong as he fanned five Frederick batters while only walking one.
Frederick put their first run on the board with a Wynston Sawyer home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the third.
The Keys final score came in the bottom of the seventh. With Jacob Lee in to relieve Ryan Merritt, John Ruettiger doubled to left to reach scoring position. Adrian Marinthen plated Ruettiger with a ground ball single that found its way into the outfield.
But the three scores from the home team came up short in a game where the Mudcats had their bats going from start to finish.
Carolina opened the scoring in the top of the second with a solo shot from LeVon Washington.
Three additional runs in the fourth inning seemed to give the Mudcats some extra confidence at the plate. Luigi Rodriguez led off with a single and Todd Hankins followed it up with his twenty-first double of the year on a line drive to left. LeVon Washington earned a walk to load the bases and another walk given to Logan Vick scored Rodriguez. With the bases still loaded, Yhoxian Medina poked a single up the middle to plate Hankins and Washington to put Carolina on top 4-1.
After Carolina continued to hit Frederick pitchers to the tune of six runs in the following frame, Luigi Rodriguez scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth that brought the game to 11-3.
Wednesday’s win ends the five game losing streak for Scooter Tucker’s ball club. Carolina now stands at 22-23 during the second half and 51-61 on the year.
LeVon Washington put together one of his best games of the year. The charismatic Washington went 2-3 with two walks, a home run, and three RBIs on top of three scores of his own.
Parker Bridwell (5-8) took the loss for the Keys after tossing 4.0 innings in which he allowed five earned runs off of eight hits.
Carolina returns to action on Thursday as they look to end their series with the Frederick Keys on a high note. Dylan Baker is set to start for the Mudcats.
Daniel is a communication and broadcast media major at North Carolina State University.