Early inning scoring frenzy lifts Mudcats to win
WINSTON-SALEM - The Carolina Mudcats scored six early runs en route to a 7-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark.
After allowing an early two-run homer in the first inning to Dash center fielder Trayce Thompson, Mudcats’ right-handed starting pitcher Michael Goodnight was able to effectively shut down the Winston-Salem offense until he was relieved in the sixth inning.
Following an unproductive first inning, Carolina’s offense woke up in a hurry and the scoreboard began to light up with runs. After Mudcats’ catcher Jake Lowery hit a line drive double to left field, shortstop Ronny Rodriguez singled up the middle to bring in Carolina’s first run of the evening. With the bases loaded, Dash lefty Spencer Arroyo walked Mudcats’ left fielder Delvi Cid to even the score at two apiece.
Carolina center fielder Tyler Holt added another run on a single to right field, but second baseman Tony Wolters stranded two runners when he grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Goodnight handled the bottom of the second with ease and Carolina came up to bat in the top of the third with more runs in mind. Arroyo gave up walks to Mudcats first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Lowery before surrendering a three run shot to right fielder Carlos Moncrief for his first home run of the season.
Carolina nearly allowed Winston-Salem to climb back into the game in the bottom of the fourth, but heads up defense and an inning ending double play only allowed the Dash to score one more run.
A fielding error by Winston-Salem third baseman Daniel Wagner allowed Rodriguez to easily score from third in the sixth inning to give the Mudcats an insurance run.
With only one strikeout on the night, Goodnight was able to work through some tough innings to earn his first win of the season. Carolina relievers Shawn Armstrong, Francisco Jimenez and closer Dale Dickerson combined to allow only two hits while striking out three to shut down the Winston-Salem offense.
Following a scoreless game the night before, Carolina came up big to even up the series with Winston-Salem. With a double in the second inning, Jake Lowery keeps his consecutive game hitting streak alive as he now has a hit in his last six games.
The Mudcats will conclude their three game road trip to Winston-Salem Sunday afternoon before heading up to Delware to face the Wilmington Blue Rocks.