Gallas, Rodriguez help Mudcats crush Red Sox 11-3
The Mudcats offense exploded for 15 hits and 8 walks in the win.
SALEM, VA — The Carolina Mudcats toppled the Salem Red Sox 11-3 on Saturday night after having dropped two-straight to the Red Sox. Anthony Gallas and Luigi Rodriguez produced big games for Carolina, while fueling a big eighth inning that secured the win for the away team.
With the game still close, Carolina took it to the Red Sox by scoring five runs in the top of the eighth inning to put the game away. Rodriguez singled up the middle, and single-handedly made his way to third by stealing two bases before scoring after an Erik Gonzalez single. The Mudcats then loaded the bases and Gallas scored two runs with his second double of the night. Consecutive fielding errors from Salem allowed two more runs to score.
All five runs came with two outs, which made the surge even more impressive.
Rodriguez and Gallas made the difference in the game for the Mudcats. Rodriguez went 4-for-6, while stealing two bases and scoring three runs. He was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Gallas contributed with two RBIs of his own and three doubles on the night.
Carolina’s Michael Peoples (2-2) took the win after lasting 6.0 innings giving up three earned on eight hits. The big Texan managed to strike out eight batters, while only walking four and was backed by an error-free defense.
The Mudcats bullpen held strong after Peoples went to the bench. They combined to allow only a single base runner in three innings of play.
Salem’s Corey Littrell (2-2) produced a poor start, and only survived for 2.2 innings before being pulled. He gave up four earned runs on three hits, and walked six Mudcats batters, en route to his second loss of the season.
The Mudcats looked aggressive in the opening frame, and managed to put an early run on the board. Rodriguez doubled to center and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Ollie Linton, which set up the scoring opportunity. After a Gonzalez walk, Jeremy Lucas belted a sac fly to deep center that scored Rodriguez from third.
The Red Sox used the bottom half of their order to level the score in the second inning. In a near mirror image of Carolina’s first inning, second baseman Reed Gragnani sent a ball to deep right for a leadoff double, and was advanced to third on a fly out from Carson Blair. Gragnani then scored on a wild pitch from Michael Peoples to tie the game at one apiece.
Salem loaded the bases later in the inning, but Peoples got himself out of the jam with a strike out of Kevin Heller to end the inning.
Carolina put together a three-run third inning that gave People’s a bit of a cushion. Rodriguez picked up right where he left off with a home run to left, and Lucas hit a RBI single that scored Linton later in the inning.
Salem’s Corey Littrell then walked Gallas and Logan Vick, which sent Lucas to third and loaded the bases. The Red Sox starter couldn’t quite seem to find the plate, and eventually, walked James Roberts which scored Lucas making the score 4-1.
The Red Sox fought back and kept the game close in the following inning. Center fielder Aneury Tavarez and Kevin Mager both recorded singles, putting runners on the corners for Salem in the bottom of the fourth. Dreily Guerrero capitalized with a RBI single to right that scored Tavarez and advanced Mager to third. Another wild pitch from Peoples scored Mager, and put Salem behind by only one run.
Gallas responded in the top of the seventh and continued his great start to the season. The strong left fielder sent a ball screaming down the left field line for this eleventh double of the season, and scored following a Jerrud Sabourin single putting Carolina ahead by two runs.
After the big eighth inning, Carolina’s Torsten Boss doubled and then scored off a Gonzalez single to give Carolina an insurance run.
On the night, Carolina produced eleven runs on fifteen hits, and most importantly, remained error-free.
Daniel is a communication and broadcast media major at North Carolina State University.