Mudcats fall in Salem, 7-2
SALEM - The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Salem Red Sox 7-2 on Friday night at LewisGale Stadium in Salem, Virginia.
After a successful four game home-stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats where they won three out of four, Carolina was unable to produce much offense thanks to the dominating performance by Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman.
Allowing only three hits and striking out four batters in six solid innings of work, Workman earned his first victory of the season. Workman’s replacement, Red Sox reliever Manuel Rivera, struggled at times but was able to earn his first save.
The Mudcats’ only productive inning came in the top of the eighth against Rivera. Facing a 7-0 deficit entering the the inning, Carolina desperately needed some runs to climb back into the game. Right fielder Carlos Moncrief leadoff the inning with a ground ball double to right field. Carolina’s next batter, left fielder Anthony Gallas, stepped up to the plate and launched a two run shot to left field cutting the lead to 7-2.
Mudcats’ shortstop Ronny Rodriguez managed to reach base on a fielding error by Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogearts. The next batter, designated hitter Tyler Cannon, struck out but center fielder Delvi Cid singled to left field giving Carolina runners at first and second with only one out. Second baseman Justin Toole and third baseman Giovanny Urshela both popped out to put an end to the Mudcats’ late game rally.
Carolina closer Jose Flores relieved JD Reichenbach in the bottom of the eighth inning as the fourth Mudcats pitcher of the night. Flores faced five Red Sox batters and was able to strike out three to send it to the ninth inning. Carolina went down in order in the top of the ninth and the Salem Red Sox got the 7-2 victory, improving to 10-9 on the season.
The Carolina Mudcats fall to a record of 10-10 and continue to struggle on the road where they have won only two out of seven games this season. Trailing the first place Myrtle Beach Pelicans by only two games in the Southern Division of the Carolina League, the Mudcats need to improve their away game performance because they still have six more road games before returning home.
The Salem Red Sox will host the Carolina Mudcats for game two of a three game series on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. in Salem, Virginia.