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Mudcats fall 9-8 in series finale

Joey Wendle finishes 3-for-3 to lead Carolina in tough loss

Mudcats fall 9-8 in series finale
August 13, 2013
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The Potomac Nationals edged out the Carolina Mudcats to win, 9-8, in the final game of a three-game series at Pfitzner Stadium.

Greg Holt (6-0) tossed 1 2/3 innings in relief for the win and Robert Whitenack (0-2) took the loss for with 3 1/3 frames pitched while allowing six hits and seven runs.

A leadoff single set up the bottom of the second for the Nationals, and first baseman Kevin Keyes was walked to put two on base. Third baseman Justin Miller grounded into a double play to clear the previous runners but was able to reach first. A double from designated hitter Cole Leonida followed by a single from shortstopFrancisco Soriano brought Miller and Leonida home. 

Neither team could get a hit in the third inning. The Mudcats returned to the plate in the fourth with singles from second basemanJoe Wendle and catcher Tony Wolters to get their first run. 

Potomac answered with a five-run bottom of the fourth. Owen Dew gave up two singles, two walks, two runs and hit Leonida with a pitch before Whitenack entered the game. A sacrifice fly,  a walk and a stolen base brought the score to 7-1.

A two-RBI home run from right fielder Jordan Smith in the top of the fifth started the comeback for Carolina, which added three more runs as the Nationals bullpen struggled. Starter Brian Rauh gave up another two singles and hit left fielder Bryson Myles with a pitch before Holt entered. Holt walks Wolters and a wild pitch put Myles in position to earn the last run for Carolina in the inning. 

Two walks, a double and a stolen base in the bottom of the fifth gave the Nationals the advantage, 9-6. 

The Mudcats got within one of a tie off a double from Wendle in the top of the sixth and a double from first baseman Jerrud Sabourin in the top of the eighth, but it wasn't enough to make up for the first few innings of dominant Potomac offense. 

This was the first road series loss for the Mudcats since June. Carolina fell to 27-22 this half and 49-70 overall, and Potomac improved to 29-21 in the second half and 71-47 overall. 

Carolina returns to Five County Stadium Wednesday for a three-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

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