Mudcats can't get big hit in 5-2 loss
ZEBULON- The Carolina Mudcats (26-24) were stifled by Frederick Keys (23-26) starter Devin Jones as they fell to the Keys 5-2 on Tuesday night. Jones tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by five runs to allow the Keys to take the first two games of the series.
The Mudcats recorded a total of 12 hits on the night, but never got that big hit when they needed it.
“We were just one hit away from getting back into the game," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "In the fifth inning we had first and second no body out and we didn’t score. I think that was the inning that made the difference in the game."
Will Roberts took the mound for the Mudcats and turned in a solid start as he gave the Mudcats seven innings while giving up four runs on six hits.
“Roberts had an okay outing," Rodriguez said. "There were a couple of pitches that were up in the zone that ended up hurting him and then walks hurt him also. Although he did keep us in the game, we just didn’t score until late into the game."
A lead off double by Catcher Allan de San Miguel in the second led to the first run of the game. After the double, left fielder Steve Bumbry moved San Miguel over to third as he grounded out to second. San Miguel then scored on a deep sac fly to center by first baseman Michael Flacco.
The Keys tacked on another run onto their lead in the third as a one out walk to center fielder Brenden Webb ended up hurting Roberts. After a wild pitch that allowed Webb to move up to second, second baseman Jerome Pena drilled his second double of the night off the left field wall to bring home Webb.
The lead was doubled in the fifth inning as the Keys put up two more runs. A lead off walk by third baseman Michael Mosby got the inning started and much like in the third a wild pitch compounded the problem allowing Mosby to move to second. Shortstop Garabez Rosa then bunted Mosby to third for Webb. Webb came up and drove Mosby in with a single to center. Webb went first to third on a single by Pena, his third hit of the game, and then came home on a sac fly by DH Tyler Townsend to give the Keys a 4-0 lead.
The Mudcats missed an opportunity to get back into the game in the fifth. Catcher Alex Monsalve led off the inning with a single to center and then was pushed to second on a single to left by DH Tyler Cannon. Center fielder Delvi Cid hit into a fielders choice that forced Cannon out at second to put runners on the corners with one out for second baseman Tony Wolters. However, on a pitch out Cid was caught stealing giving Jones an opportunity to get out of the jam. Jones did just that as after falling behind 3-1 to Wolters he came back to strike him out to end the threat.
The Keys struck again against the Mudcats bullpen as reliever Jeff Johnson surrendered a run in the eighth. Right fielder Jeremy Nowak singled to center and then stole second to put himself in scoring position for San Miguel. San Miguel then drove him in as he singled to center to push the lead to 5-0.
The Mudcats finally put some runs on the board when they were able to get to Ryan Perry for two runs in the eighth. Three straight singles to lead off the inning loaded up the bases for third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela grounded into a double play but on the play Cid came in for the Mudcats first run. Right fielder Anthony Gallas drove in another run as he singled to center to drive in Wolters from third.
The Mudcats will look to win the series on Wednesday as the take on the Keys at 7:15 at Five County Stadium.