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Mudcats fall to Blue Rocks 4-3

Blue Rocks clinch series victory with win

Mudcats fall to Blue Rocks 4-3
April 17, 2013
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Wilmington, D.E. – The Wilmington Blue Rocks clinched a series victory with a 4-3 win over the Carolina Mudcats Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium.

Left-handed pitcher J.D. Reichback (0-1) took the loss for Carolina and allowed two runs on five hits over two innings.

The Mudcats took an early lead in the first inning after an RBI from second baseman Joseph Wendle’s fly out, which resulted in a double play but scored center fielder Tyler Naquin.

The Blue Rocks answered back in the bottom of the first by also scoring on a double play, which was executed by shortstop Francisco Lindor to Wendle at second base. The inning ended in Wilmington’s favor with a single on a ground ball to center field that allowed the Blue Rocks to take the lead 2-1.

The Mudcats matched the Blue Rock’s score in the second inning on an RBI ground out by third baseman Justin Toole that scored designated hitter Anthony Gallas.

The score remained 2-2 for three innings until the Mudcats advanced over the Blue Rocks in the top of the sixth.  

Carolina right-hander Cody Anderson pitched five innings, and only allowed two runs in the first inning.

The sixth inning was almost an instant replay of the first inning for the Mudcats and the Blue Rocks. The Mudcats started off the sixth by taking back the lead 3-2 in typical fashion. Catcher Charlie Valerio flew into a sacrifice double play by the Blue Rocks that allowed first baseman Jerrud Sabourin to score and end the tied inning.

After four scoreless innings by Anderson, the Blue Rocks retaliated in the bottom of the sixth with a triple off of Reichenbach by first baseman Daniel Mateo that scored center fielder Lane Adams and tied the ballgame once again. Just like the bottom of the first inning, the Blue Rocks stole the lead again when Mateo scored the winning run on designated hitter Kenny Diekroeger’s ground out to Lindor.

The rhythmic seesaw battle between Carolina and Wilmington ceased after the sixth inning as the score of 4-3 held for the game’s remainder.

Wilmington’s pitcher Cody Fassold (2-2) picked up the win in relief after tossing three innings and allowing one run on four hits. Pitcher Robinson Yambati earned his second save by pitching two scoreless innings.

The Mudcats look to avoid the sweep against the Blue Rocks Wednesday morning at 10:35 a.m. at Frawley Stadium.

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