Anderson, Mudcats trample Keys 12-1
FREDERICK – An all-around dominant performance by the Carolina Mudcats led to a 12-1 victory over the Frederick Keys on Thursday night. The win allowed Carolina (26-19, 48-67) to clinch their first ever series win at Frederick.
On the night, Carolina recorded 13 hits compared to only five for the Keys. Offensively, Carolina was led by right fielder Jordan Smith, who went 3-6 with two RBIs, scored two runs and hit a home run. Also, left fielder Bryson Myles extended his season-long hitting streak to 21 games with a 3-4 performance, with two RBIs and scored two runs.
Right-hander Cody Anderson took the mound for the Mudcats and dominated the Keys. Anderson scattered three hits over seven shutout innings, and walked one to go along with five strikeouts. The seven innings pitched matched a career-high for Anderson. The dominant performance allowed Anderson to pick up the win, adding to his team best win total, improving his record to 9-4.
Carolina jumped ahead early, as center fielder Tyler Naquin scored in the first inning to give the Mudcats the early advantage. After Naquin doubled to lead-off the game, Smith advanced Naquin to third on a groundout. After second baseman Joey Wendle walked to put runners on the corners with one out, designated hitter Paddy Matera hit an RBI groundout to first base to score Naquin.
Carolina added to the lead in the fourth inning. Matera singled to lead off the inning, and Myles got down a sacrifice bunt to move Matera to second base. A throwing error however allowed Matera to third base, and Myles was safe at second base. Catcher Tony Wolters made the Keys pay for the defensive miscue, hitting an RBI single to left field to score Matera.
A wild pitch with shortstop Erik Gonzalez batting allowed Myles to score, and Wolters to advance to second base. After Gonzalez grounded out to advance Wolters to third base, first baseman Jerrud Sabourin hit a sacrifice fly to score Wolters.
After retiring the first nine batters he faced, Anderson allowed a lead-off single in the fourth inning. However, the base runner was immediately wiped away as the next batter grounded into a double play.
The Mudcats kept rolling in the fifth inning offensively, and Naquin hit his second double of the game. With Smith at-bat, Naquin stole third base, his 14th stolen base of the season. The stolen base was unnecessary however, as Smith crushed a two-run home run to right field.
Anderson ran into his first jam of the night in the fifth inning. A walk and a single put two Keys on base for the first time in the game with no outs. The next batter grounded into a double play, and the next struck out to end the inning to strand a runner on third base.
Frederick starter Brady Wager was relieved in the sixth inning after surrendering six runs, four earned, on eight hits over five innings.
Carolina threatened again in the seventh inning. After Smith singled to lead off the inning, Wendle hit a ground ruled double to put runners on second a third with no outs. Matera was hit by a pitch for the team leading 14th time on the season to load the bases to bring up Myles.
Myles hit a two RBI single to right field, and advanced to second on the throw home. Smith scored easily, and Wendle got in just under the tag to add to the Carolina lead. Wolters walked to reload the bases. Gonzalez struck out on a wild pitch for the first out of the inning, but Matera raced home to add to the lead. Sabourin hit a two-RBI double to left field to make the score 11-0 and chase the Frederick reliever.
After the new pitcher entered the game, third baseman Todd Hankins walked, and Sabourin advanced to third base on a passed ball. Naquin walked to reload the bases to bring up Smith for the second time in the inning. The inning was finally over after Smith popped out, and Wendle grounded out to end the inning.
Anderson allowed only his third hit on the night with one out in the seventh inning, but a ground out followed by a strikeout ended the inning.
Matera walked to lead off the eighth inning, and Myles followed with a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. After Wolters grounded out to advance both runners, Gonzalez hit an RBI groundout to score Matera and make the score 12-0.
Left hander JD Reichenbach relieved Anderson in the eighth inning and easily got through the eighth. However, the shutout was lost in the ninth inning, after Reichenbach gave up a run on two hits and a walk.
The Mudcats look to complete the sweep against the Keys on Friday night. Left-hander Shawn Morimando takes the mound for Carolina as first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
NOTE: Myles' hitting streak now is an all-time franchise record 21 games.
Zachary is a senior at NC State where he is majoring in communication-media, with minors in journalism and theatre. You can follow him on Twitter @RealZachFrancis.