Carolina rallies for 5-4 win
Myles extends hitting streak in come-from-behind win against Potomac
The Carolina Mudcats took the second win in a home series against the Potomac Nationals with a 5-4 comeback at Five County Stadium Tuesday night.
Left fielder Bryson Myles extended his hitting streak with a two-run triple to decide the game in the bottom of the seventh.
“It was a well-played game on both sides, good pitching good defense and some good at bats,” Wallace said. “We just ended up getting one more clutch hit than they did.
Joe Colon started for Carolina. The right-hander allowed eight hits, four runs, five strikeouts and one home run in six innings. Francisco Valera (2-3) was the winning pitcher with two scoreless innings, one hit and two strikeouts.
Sammy Solis started for the Nationals. He pitched 4 1/3 frames with seven hits, three runs and four strikeouts. It was the left-hander’s fifth start and first start against Carolina. Cameron Selik (1-3) took the loss.
Center fielder Tyler Naquin struck out to begin Carolina’s show at plate. Right fielder Jordan Smith followed up with a walk and a stolen base when the ball went through the leg of shortstop Francisco Soriano. Second baseman Joe Wendle delivered a smash to third for an RBI double to put the Mudcats ahead.
Catcher Adrien Nieto answered in the top of the second with his tenth homerun of the year to tie the score.
The Nationals kept the momentum in the top of the third. Right fielder Randolph Oduber got to first and third baseman Cutter Dykstra hit a double just inside the first base line. Caleb Ramsey smacked a ball down the middle to send Oduber home and give Potomac the lead. A deep triple from center fielder Michael Taylor sent two home put the score at 4-1, Nationals.
The Smith-Wendle order got another on the board with a double to third base from Smith and a smash to right field from Wendle to bring the Carolina deficit to two.
Colon sent three consecutive batters back to the dugout in the top of the fourth. A fielder’s choice RBI from third baseman Justin Toole scored shortstop Erik Gonzalez with two outs put the score at 4-3, Potomac.
Catcher Alex Lavisky continued to lead the Mudcats defense and threw out his second runner of the night to retire the Nationals in the top of the fifth.
Rafael Martin replaced Solis in the bottom of the fifth with one out. A hitless bottom of the fifth gave way to a scoreless sixth inning.
Colon left in the seventh and Francisco Valera pitched a hitless frame. Cameron Selik entered in the bottom of the seventh and walked Smith. He got to third on a steal and a throwing error by the Potomac catcher. Matera then walked. Myles stepped up to base with runners at the corners after a defensive huddle. He hit a triple to deep left center on a two-strike pitch with two outs to send two home.
“We’ve all just been really happy with his at-bats and with his approach,” Wallace said of Myles’ recent performance.
He noted that Myles’ discretion in pitches—the balls that he is not swinging at—are just as important to his playing as the pitches he goes for.
Carolina is now 24-18 in the second half and 46-66 overall. The Nationals dropped to 26-16 this half and 68-43 overall. The series concludes Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.