Mudcats fall to Dash in season finale, 5-2
ZEBULON, N.C. —A three-run top of the sixth pushed the Winston-Salem Dash to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats in Monday’s season finale.
The Dash wasted little time taking the lead in Monday’s matinée, grabbing an early lead off Mike Clevinger and the Mudcats in the top of the first. With two away, Courtney Hawkins singled up the middle then came in to score on Keon Barnum’s double to right as the Dash went up 1-0.
But Carolina got it right back in the bottom of the first, as Luigi Rodriguez sparked the Mudcats offense with a one-out triple to right against J.B. Wendelken. LeVon Washington then leveled the score, singled to right to tie things at 1.
Winston-Salem came right back in the second as Omar Navarez earned a leadoff walk, then took third on Mike Marjama’s base hit to right. Zach Voight then doubled to left, plating Navarez as the Dash went back ahead at 2-1.
A two-out rally in the top of the sixth would then help the Dash put the game out of reach. Keenyn Walker’s two-out single ended Clevinger’s afternoon as Carolina turned to Michael Peoples. With Nick Basto at the dish, Walker stole second then took third thanks to an Eric Haase throwing error. Basto then reached on Joe Sever’s error at first, allowing Walker to come in and score. Marjama followed with a base knock up the middle, before a wild pitch moved Basto and Marjama to second and third. Voight then came through with the big hit, a double to left to score the dup and put the Dash up 5-1.
Clevinger (0-1, 4.79) took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits in 5.2 innings. The right-hander fanned seven while walking a pair.
Peoples was charged for two unearned runs on thee hits in 2.1 innings.
The Mudcats grabbed one back in the bottom of the eighth, but couldn’t get closer than 3. After a two-out single from Rodriguez, Washington again provided a timely hit for Carolina, plating the leftfielder with a double to right to make it 5-2.
Zach Isler closed the door on Carolina in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the year and preserve the victory for Wendelken.
Wendelken (7-10, 5.25) allowed just one earned run on six hits in 5.0 innings. He fanned seven while not issuing a walk.
The Mudcats finish the second half at 33-36 and 62-74 overall for 2014.