Carolina Mudcats post big fifth inning, top Frederick, 9-2
FREDERICK, Md. — The Carolina Mudcats (4-2) picked up right where they left off on Tuesday as they scorched the Frederick Keys 9-2 Wednesday night.
Already with a 3-1 lead, the Mudcats put five runs on the board in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Erik Gonzalez opened things up with a single to reach first and Anthony Gallas added a single of his own. A fielding error by Frederick’s Michael Burgess in left field allowed Gonzalez and Gallas to advance to third and second base respectively. With runners in scoring position, the Mudcats’ Jeremy Lucas blasted a bases-clearing triple to deep right to extend the lead to four runs. The Keys allowed another run on an RBI single from Alex Monsalve that scored Lucas. A pitching change couldn’t stop the bleeding and resulted in another run after a LeVon Washington double and a single from James Roberts that scored both Monsalve and Washington, giving Carolina an 8-1 lead.
In the top of the second, Alex Monsalve singled to right and LeVon Washington homered to deep center to make it a 2-0 game in favor of the Mudcats.
The Keys responded in the bottom half of the inning due to poor defense from Carolina. After a strikeout pitch got past catcher Alex Monsalve, Keys’ left fielder Michael Burgess took first base to start the inning. To follow it up, Frederick’sJason Esposito lined a catchable ball to second baseman Todd Hankins who failed to make the play and was charged with an error that allowed Burgess to advance to third. With runners on the corners, Adrian Marin grounded into a force out at second, but not before Burgess scored from third making it a 2-1 ballgame.
Carolina countered in the fourth by scoring another run to create some breathing room for pitcher Shawn Morimando. Consecutive singles from Jeremy Lucas and Alex Monsalve put runners at first and second. After striking out, Carolina’s James Roberts advanced to first when Keys’ catcher Wynston Sawyer failed to catch the pitch and made a throwing error while attempting to record the out at first. This advanced Monsalve and Lucas to second and third to load the bases. Ollie Linton was hit by a pitch which scored Jeremy Lucas and gave Carolina a 3-1 lead.
After the big fifth inning, two Keys errors in the seventh inning allowed James Roberts to drive in another run and give Carolina a 9-1 lead.
Frederick (2-4) managed to score one more run in the bottom of the eighth, but the comeback was not on.
In his second start of the season Morimando (1-0) pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three hits and zero earned runs while striking out six batters. Carolina’s starting rotation has proven to be dominant in their first six outings and has put the Mudcats in a position to win every game this season. The starters have combined for a 1.67 ERA which is best in the league.
D.J. Brown came in to relieve Morimando in the seventh inning and pitched 2.0 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits. Carolina’s Elvis Araujo recorded the save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning and securing the win for the Mudcats.
Parker Bridwell (0-1) was credited with the loss for Frederick after giving up seven runs on ten hits.
Jeremy Lucas, LeVon Washington and James Roberts each recorded two RBIs and Alex Monsalve produced three hits and three runs.
Daniel is a communication and broadcast media major at North Carolina State University.