Mudcats fall 4-1 to Dash
Mudcats strand 10 base runners in loss
Winston Salem, N.C. -- The Carolina Mudcats were unable to follow up on their series sweep of the Winston Salem Dash from a week earlier, and fell 4-1 to the Dash on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark.
Squandered opportunities played a key role in the loss as the Mudcats stranded 10 base runners and were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
The Mudcats' first opportunity came in the first inning after the team loaded the bases with nobody out, but failed to score after two strikeouts and a ground out to second. Carolina later put two in scoring position with one out in the third inning against Dash starting pitcher Chris Beckt, but Mudcats shortstop, Francisco Lindor, was thrown out at home after he tried to score on a ground ball to first. The inning ended with a strikeout and no score.
Shawn Morimando took the loss for the Mudcats and allowed two runs in four innings. He walked four hitters and allowed three hits.
The scoreless tie was finally broken in the fourth inning after Winston-Salem scored twice. Following a Mark Haddow double and a single by Mark Tracy, Grant Buckner hit what looked to be a tailor-made, double-play ball. However, the Mudcats were only able to get the force out at second, and Haddow scored for a 1-0 Dash lead. Chris Curley followed with a triple to the right field corner, which scored Buckner for a 2-0 Dash lead.
The Dash added a run on a two-out double in the fifth, and a solo home run to lead off the sixth for a 4-0 advantage.
Carolina finally broke up the shut out in the eighth. Second baseman Joey Wendle started the frame with a double, his third hit of the night. Anthony Gallas hit a slow chop towards the third baseman and Wendle scored when the attempt sailed past over the first baseman's head. The Mudcats moved two into scoring position in that inning, but were unable to cut further into the lead.
The Mudcats finish their series against Winston-Salem on Sunday at 2 p.m, before returning home on Thursday, April 18th to face the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.