Mudcats fall in extras 8-7
Late rally not enough for Carolina comeback
The Carolina Mudcats lost to the Potomac Nationals in the final game of a home series 8-7 in 11 innings at Five County Stadium. Josh Martin (0-1) took the loss for the Mudcats. He pitched an inning with two hits and two runs. Colin Bates (4-4) was the winning pitcher with two innings and one run.
Carolina took the lead in the bottom of the second. Third baseman Paddy Matera was hit with a pitch to start the offensive run and a triple from shortstop Erik Gonzalez two batters later sent him home. Designated hitter Bo Greenwell followed with a single and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin doubled to bring the score to 3-0.
Carolina earned another run with singles from right fielder Jordan Smith, left fielder Bryson Myles, and catcher Tony Wolters in the bottom of the third.
The Nationals then took control of the game in the fourth and fifth innings. They added two runs in the top of the fourth with singles from designated hitter Adrien Nieto, second baseman Mike Gilmartin and shortstop Adrien Sanchez.
A walk for third baseman Cutter Dykstra began the fifth inning and three consecutive singles gave Potomac another run.
Starter Nick Pasquale was able to keep the Nationals hitless for the sixth to put Carolina in the position to take the lead with a leadoff home run from Greenwell in the bottom of the sixth. A Sabourin single and two groundouts got another one for the Mudcats to give them the three-run advantage.
Potomac answered in the top of the seventh, sending Pasquale back to the bullpen after two singles. Benny Suarez didn't fare much better--he gave up two more singles to leave the Nationals down by one.
Potomac tied it up in the top of the ninth off a double from Nieto and a sacrifice fly from first baseman Kevin Keyes.
A scoreless extra inning gave way to a two-run top of the 11th for the Nationals with a walk and two doubles. Carolina was able to get one run in the bottom of the 11th with a triple from second baseman Joe Wendle.
The Mudcats are now 24-19 this half and 46-57 overall. Potomac improved to 27-16, 69-43 overall. Carolina maintains a half-game lead in the Southern division.
Carolina begins a six-game road trip with a Thursday night game at Frederick. The first pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.