Mudcats shut down Lynchburg for fourth straight win
Wendle homers twice in Carolina's shutout victory
The Carolina Mudcats won their fourth consecutive game, 6-0, at Lynchburg Monday night. The shutout was the first in a four-game series at Calvin Falwell Field.
Right-hander Michael Peoples (1-4) earned his first win with five innings pitched, four hits and six strikeouts. Ryan Weber (5-4) took the loss for the Hillcats. Carolina is now 7-9 and the second half and 30-57 overall, and Lynchburg is 4-10 in the second half and 40-44 overall.
The Mudcats offense kept the momentum from the weekend’s winning series going with a three-run first inning from four batters. Right fielder Jordan Smith singled and catcher Tony Wolters doubled for the first run. Second baseman Joe Wendle homered to score Wolters and make the score 3-0 going into the bottom of the first.
The next innings were scoreless for both teams until center fielder Tyler Naquin started the top of the fifth off with a line drive double to left field. Smith singled and Wolters grounded out to score Naquin.
Peoples left the game in the bottom of the sixth and was relieved by Owen Dew, who retired three consecutive batters in the sixth and seventh to keep the Hillcats scoreless. Dew pitched four innings with three hits and seven strikeouts to maintain the shutout.
Matt Chaffee entered for right-handed Weber in the top of the eighth and allowed Wendle to hit his second home run of the game and 11th of the season. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin singled and designated hitter Bo Greenwell hit a double to right center field to score Sabourin and bring the score to 6-0, Mudcats.
The Mudcats continue their series at Lynchburg Tuesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.