Offense propels Mudcats to 7-1 victory
Mudcats record 14 hits en route to second straight win
Zebulon, NC- After a Monday night win over the Potomac Nationals, the Carolina Mudcats came out swinging and defeated the Potomac Nationals 7-1 for a second straight victory Tuesday.
Leadoff batter Tyler Naquin started off the game early with a double that was followed up by an infield single by top Indians prospect Francisco Lindor. Naquin advanced to third and eventually scored on a single to the leftfield gap by Mudcats first baseman Jerrud Sabourin.
Right fielder Jordan Smith kept the inning rolling for the Mudcats as he singled to left to load the bases. Anthony Gallas flied out with the bases loaded for the first out of the inning and a swinging strikeout by catcher Charlie Valerio gave starting Potomac Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole the second out. A wild pitch after the strikeout scored Lindor from third base and made the score 2-0 in favor of the Mudcats at the end of the first inning.
In the bottom of the second, Zack MacPhee recorded his first Carolina League hit with a single up the middle. Naquin then advanced the runner to second with a single over the shortstop's head, but excellent defense later robbed Lindor in deep centerfield for a scoreless second inning. A double play for the Mudcats held the Nationals in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the third, Gallas drilled a fastball over the centerfielder's head to the wall for a standup double. Designated hitter Bryson Myles then followed with a line drive directly to the Nationals' right fielder, who missed the ball and was credited with the error, which put Myles on second and scored Gallas to bring the score to 3-0.
The bottom of the fifth inning proved to be a quick inning for the Mudcats after right fielder Smith had a solid single to centerfield but was thrown out trying to get second base.
An RBI double for Potomac's catcher Adrian Nieto scored center fielder Michael Taylor who walked, stole second and reached third on a throwing error by the catcher in the top half of the sixth inning. With the run, Potomac finally cracked into the scoreboard and now trailed 3-1.
However, any chance of a Potomac comeback was silenced in the bottom half of the inning.
In a big sixth inning, the Mudcats brought the score to 7-1. Valerio started off the inning with a single to right field and advanced on a single by Myles. A sac bunt by third baseman Justin Toole advanced the runners into scoring position and MacPhee continued his first Carolina League hitting debut with a RBI single to right field to score Valerio. With runners on first and third, Naquin drilled a double over the outfielder's heads to score two runs. The Mudcats kept the hit parade alive with a single by Sabourin to score Naquin from second, which rounded out the sixth inning and made the score 7-1 in favor of the Mudcats.
After a quick and uneventful seventh, eighth and ninth innings, the Mudcats picked up another win with a 7-1 victory over the Potomac Nationals. J.D. Reichenbach was the winning pitcher for the Mudcats. The Carolina Mudcats will be back in action on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, North Carolina. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. against the Potomac Nationals.