Gallas powers Mudcats to victory
Wilmington, DE – Anthony Gallas found himself in an opportune spot on Saturday night, and delivered his biggest hit of the season to help the Carolina Mudcats snap a season-long, six-game losing streak. Gallas crushed a grand slam out to left of Frawley Stadium, and the Mudcats toppled the Wilmington Blue Rocks 8-4 in a rain-shortened contest.
Will Roberts (4-6) dealt five solid innings to assist the Mudcats’ (18-18, 50-56) effort. The right-hander held the Blue Rocks to a pair of runs on six hits. He fanned three hitters without a walk.
Chase Boruff (1-6) allowed the winning hit in the sixth inning. Only one of the five runs he allowed over two innings were earned.
Wilmington built a 4-1 lead thanks to a two-run jack by Juan Graterol and a solo homer from Matt Fields entering the sixth. Jesus Aguilar helped the Mudcats stay within striking distance by driving in two runs on a double and bloop single.
Little did the partisan crowd of 4,177 know, but a shallow, bloop hit to right field that extended the sixth inning turned would turn pivotal in the Carolina rally. Carlos Moncrief drew a walk to bring up Ronny Rodriguez. The shortstop hit a routine grounder to his counterpart, Orlando Calixte. The shortstop had trouble with the ball, and did not have a play at any bases.
With Mudcats swimming around every rock, Gallas stepped to the plate, and launched a 1-1 pitch clear over the Mudcats’ bullpen and the left field wall. The outfielder’s first grand slam of 2012 put Carolina ahead to stay, 6-4.
Giovanny Urshela drove in the seventh run with a sac-fly to right in the seventh inning, and Aguilar drove in his third run on his third straight hit to finish off the scoring.
Just as the teams were set to begin the eighth inning, a fast-moving deluge overtook the park, and washed away the rest of the night’s events.
Carolina and Wilmington meet for a final time in 2012 at 1:35 p.m. inside Frawley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.