Mudcats romp Blue Rocks 12-1
Myles' home run, five RBI lead Mudcats in blowout
Zebulon, N.C. – The Carolina Mudcats struck back at the series-winning Wilmington Blue Rocks, demolishing them with a 12-1 score Wednesday afternoon at Five County Stadium.
Right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson (2-0) got the win for the Mudcats, pitching five innings and holding the Blue Rocks scoreless for three innings, with a three up three down inning in the second.
The Mudcats started off strong by putting an early run on the scoreboard in the first inning. Leading off for the Mudcats, center fielder Tyler Naquin knocked the ball deep into left field earning his first triple of the season and scored on a RBI single by right fielder Jordan Smith.
The Blue Rocks evened the score 1-1 in the top of the fourth with a RBI single by second baseman Justin Trapp.
The Mudcats took the lead again in the bottom of the fifth with an incredible offensive inning. Shortstop Francisco Lindor hit the second triple of the game to begin the Mudcats’ highlight inning. With Lindor in scoring position, designated hitter Tony Wolters hit a single, bringing in Lindor and the score to 2-1.
Smith and second baseman Joey Wendle added to the fifth inning with singles, loading the bases for the Mudcats. Blue Rocks right-handed pitcher Kellen Moen relieved starting pitcher Aaron Brooks (0-1) after 4.1 innings hoping to keep the Mudcats from further runs, to no avail. The score advanced to 3-1 when first baseman Jerrud Sabourin walked with bases loaded.
The Mudcats kept rolling with a two run RBI-double launched to right center by left fielder Bryson Myles, who was described by Carolina’s manager David Wallace as “a very dangerous hitter.”
Catcher Jake Lowery helped the score with a RBI, accompanied by a single off of a deflecting error by the Blue Rocks first baseman. Naquin followed suit, bringing Myles in to score with a base hit out to centerfield. The Mudcats ended the fifth inning with a big lead 7-1.
With the headway lead, Mudcats right-handed pitcher Michael Goodnight relieved Anderson after holding the Blue Rocks to five hits and one earned run in an impressive five innings pitched.
Myles crushed a three-run homer to left field scoring Wolters and Wendle, bringing the score to 10-1 in the sixth inning. The left fielder totaled five RBI and was a triple away from the cycle. Also in the sixth inning, Lowery smashed the Mudcats' third triple of the game.
In the seventh inning, Wendle hit a single to left field bringing home Lindor for a run and making the score to 11-1 in the Mudcats’ favor. The Blue Rocks struggled on defense and as a result put their fourth relief pitcher of the game in during the seventh inning with two outs.
Lindor added a RBI-groundout in the eighth inning to complete the Mudcats’ victory 12-1.
Both right-handed pitchers Enosil Tejeda and Jeff Johnson made appearances on the mound for the Mudcats. Tejeda relieved Goodnight to pitch the eighth inning and Johnson closed the game, pitching just the final inning.
In comparison to the first two games of the series Wallace stated “we just were able to capitalize on some of the mistakes that their pitcher made and some nights it works out that way and some nights it doesn’t.”
The Mudcats concluded with a season-high of 19 hits and zero errors.
The Mudcats hit the road Friday, April 12 to play their first away game of the season against the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.