Carolina Mudcats blanked by Winston-Salem Dash, 3-0
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Offense eluded the Carolina Mudcats Monday as they were blanked by the Winston-Salem Dash by a 3-0 score.
The Mudcats were held to just four hits in the defeat due largely to a phenomenal start from Winston-Salem’s Terance Marin (2-0, 2.37). Marin allowed just two hits and one walk in 8.0 shutout innings while striking out four.
Adam Plutko (1-3, 3.92) was saddled with the loss for Carolina after the run support simply never came. The right-hander went 7.0 innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out a pair.
With Marin in firm control of the Mudcats lineup, Winston-Salem provided the game’s offensive breakthrough in the bottom of the fourth. Jason Coats put the Dash on the board with a leadoff homer to left center. Keon Barnumfollowed with a double to right then advanced to third as the next batter, Justin Jirschele, grounded out to second. After Plutko walked Zach Voight, Omar Narvaez singled to left scoring Barnum and giving the Dash a 2-0 lead.
Winston-Salem added another run off Plutko in the bottom of the sixth, again by way of a leadoff homerun as Barnum sent his sixth long ball of the year over the leftfield wall to put the Dash up 3-0.
Only getting four men on base total through Marin’s 8.0 innings, Carolina’s best chance to score came in the top of the third after Alex Monsalve’s leadoff triple. But the Mudcats couldn’t drive their designated hitter in. Marin then walked Cody Ferrell, but Winston-Salem went home with LeVon Washington’s chopper to third, throwing out Monsalve at the plate. Yhoxian Medina’s groundout to short allowed Ferrell to move to third and Washington to advance to second, but Joe Sever couldn’t come through with the big two-out hit instead flying out to center to end the frame.
Carolina finally got multiple hits in the same inning for the first time all night in the top of the ninth. With Kyle Hansen on in relief for Winston-Salem, Medina and Sever opened the final inning with a pair of singles to put Mudcats on the corners with nobody out and the tying run at the plate. Hansen recovered to force a pop out fromJames Roberts, but then walked Jeremy Lucas to load the bases. However, Hansen buckled down and protected the shutout by striking out Luigi Rodriguez before Jerrud Sabourin’s groundout ended the contest as Hansen earned his first save of the season.
The Mudcats drop to 6-6 on the second half, and fall a game behind Winston-Salem into third place in the Carolina League’s Southern Division as the Dash improve to 7-5 with the win.
With their three-game win streak snapped, Carolina will return home for three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats and Salem Red Sox.
Carolina’s series with Lynchburg is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Five County Stadium. Lefty Shawn Morimandois scheduled to start for the Mudcats against right-hander Lucas Sims. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.