Mudcats fall 13-11 in high-scoring affair
High-flying Carolina offense can't outscore Potomac
A high scoring duel left the Carolina Mudcats in defeat Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. After several rallies, victorious comeback hits, and slack errors, the Potomac Nationals ultimately won the game 13-11.
The Mudcats finished the game with 11 runs on 16 hits with two errors while the Nationals prevailed with 13 runs on 17 hits with two errors.
Right-handed pitcher Mason Radeke took the loss for the Mudcats, tossing two innings and allowing six runs on six hits.
The Nationals started RHP Brian Rauh, but it was RHP Richie Mirowski he earned the win pitching two innings with three runs on three hits. Both Derek Self and Rob Wort pitched in relief for the Nationals.
The Nationals started the tempo for the rest of the game with four singles in a row from left fielder Billy Burns, right fielder Caleb Ramsey, center fielder Michael Taylor and shortstop Jason Martinson respectively. After allowing one run on four straight hits with no outs, catcher Adrian Nieto grounded into a RBI double play initiated by shortstop Francisco Lindor, tossed to second baseman Joe Wendle to first baseman Jerrud Sabourin. The final run of the inning was the result of a wild pitch by Radeke, leaving the lead 3-0.
The bottom of the first inning did not start off as easy for the Mudcats. Leadoff hitter and center fielder Tyler Naquin struck out swinging but Lindor followed with a hit that landed him on first. With Sabourin at bat and Lindor and first, Rauh attempted to pickoff Lindor but received a throwing error that advanced Lindor to second. Sabourin was walked soon after. With one out, right fielder Jordan Smith earned his spot on the bag with a RBI single on a groundball to score Lindor. The first inning ended with two left on and the score 3-1.
Both teams added three more runs to their score in the second inning.
With two outs in the second inning, Burns started the Nationals' offense with a single on a bunt groundball. Ramsey drove in two RBI on line drive that scored Burns and pinch-runner Mike Gilmartin, who replaced third baseman Cutter Dykstra, who took a base earlier in the inning when he was hit by a pitch.
The Mudcats played sloppy defense the rest of the inning. Taylor reached on a fielding error by Smith, scoring Ramsey. Taylor advanced again on a throwing error by Wendle. The Nationals were up 6-1 going into the bottom of the second.
Both third baseman Paddy Matera and Naquin singled on ground balls to begin the offensive inning for the Mudcats. Matera was pushed to third and Naquin to second on a wild pitch by Rauh with Lindor at bat. Wendle slammed a ground-rule double on a ground ball down the right-field line scoring both players on base. Sabourin finished the rally with a RBI singled on a sharp ground ball to score Wendle. The score proved 6-4 with the Mudcats trailing the Nationals by two.
RHP Francisco Valera replaced Radeke to toss the third through the fifth inning.
Valera allowed zero runs on one hit and had two strikeouts in the third inning.
The Mudcats went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the third inning.
The pace picked back up in the fourth inning with the Nationals growing their lead by three more runs. The score was 9-4 going into the bottom.
After a pitching change to start the bottom of the fourth (David Fischer for Rauh), both Matera and Lindor struck out swinging. Saborin had the only hit of the inning that scored Naquin. The Mudcats trailed the Nationals 9-5.
The Mudcats gained one more run in the fifth inning off of a RBI line drive by Matera. 9-6.
The Nationals snuck in a single run in the top of the seventh but the Mudcats came through in the clutch to score three runs in the inning, tightening the lead by one.
With two outs, Naquin singled on a bunt in the seventh inning. Lindor reached on a fielding error while Naquin scored. With Wendle at bat, Lindor stole second. Wendle doubled on a sharp fly ball to center field, scoring Lindor. Sabourin followed with a RBI single to end the Mudcats' offensive inning. The score stood 10-9 with the Mudcats trailing by one to end the seventh inning.
The Nationals fought back in the final two innings adding three more to their score.
Having not scored in the eight inning, the Mudcats attempted to take the win in the bottom of the ninth but fell short to the Nationals score 13-11.
The two runs in the final inning for the Mudcats were attributed to an RBI single by Lindor and Wendle.
The Carolina Mudcats travel the Myrtle Beach to take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Thursday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.