Mudcats lose in pitcher's duel 1-0
FREDERICK - The Carolina Mudcats came up on the wrong side of a pitcher’s duel, falling to the Frederick Keys 1-0 Friday night. The loss drops Carolina’s record to 9-11 in the second half and 31-59 overall.
After loading the bases with only one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Frederick singled home the only run of the game for the walk-off victory.
Right hander Cody Anderson got the start for Carolina and dominated through seven innings, needing only 78 pitches to go that deep in the game. Anderson allowed only six base runners on three hits, two walks and an error. None of the base runners allowed by Anderson were able to advance past second base. The seven innings pitched were a season high for Anderson.
Despite the fantastic outing by Anderson, he did not factor in the decision due to the scoreless tie the teams played to into the ninth inning.
Both teams struggled offensively all game. Carolina managed only four hits in the game, and Frederick finished with six, two of those coming in the winning sequence to end the game. Neither team got a runner to third base until Frederick did in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Frederick was able to get runners on base first in the bottom of the opening inning as the leadoff batter singled, but was thrown out trying to steal second base after Anderson struck out the batter. Anderson walked the next batter, but a groundout ended the inning.
Carolina was not able to get a runner on base until left fielder Bryson Myles singled with two outs in the third inning. Myles stole second base for his eighth steal of the year, but was stranded there as center fielder Tyler Naquin struck out to end the inning.
Frederick was also able to get their first runner to second base in the third inning thanks to a throwing error by shortstop Francisco Lindor, but was stranded there to end the inning.
The single by Myles in the third inning was the only base runner allowed by Keys starting pitcher Trent Howard, who controlled the explosive Carolina offense through five innings.
Designated hitter Bo Greenwell led off the sixth inning with a double, but was able to advance no further as he was doubled off second base when Myles flew out to right field.
Carolina had perhaps their best chance to score in the seventh inning. Lindor singled with one out, and second baseman Joey Wendle walked to put two base runners on for the first time from either team. However, third baseman Paddy Matera grounded into an inning ending double play to end the threat.
Anderson retired 10 consecutive batters from the third through the sixth inning until walking the leadoff batter in the seventh inning. After a strikeout got the first out, catcher Tony Wolters threw out his second base runner attempting to steal second base on the night before a groundout ended the inning.
First baseman Jerrud Sabourin singled to lead off the eighth inning, and Wolters sacrificed him to second base, but would not advance past there.
Right handed reliever Owen Dew took the mound to begin the eighth inning, and allowed a leadoff single. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to second base, who would not get any further than that.
Dew was handed the loss, dropping his record to 2-5 on the season.
Carolina was unable to do anything offensively in the ninth inning before Frederick won it in the bottom of the inning.
Carolina looks to rebound from the loss on Saturday as the series continues against Frederick. Left hander Shawn Morimando will take the mound for a 6:00 first pitch.
Zachary is a senior at NC State where he is majoring in communication-media, with minors in journalism and theatre. You can follow him on Twitter @RealZachFrancis.