Mudcats shut down in doubleheader with Pelicans
MYRTLE BEACH - After a solid 6-0 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in game one on Tuesday, the Carolina Mudcats lost both games of a doubleheader on Thursday night in Myrtle Beach and fell back to .500 on the season.
Game two of the series was a low scoring affair but the Pelicans narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win over the Mudcats in extra innings. Both teams got solo home runs early - one by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez - but Mudcats’ closer Shawn Armstrong let the game slip away in the eighth when he issued a bases loaded walk that sealed the victory for Myrtle Beach.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader and third game of the series, the Pelicans blew out the Mudcats 10-1. In only six offensive innings, Myrtle Beach scored 10 runs on 13 hits and held the Mudcats to only score a single run.
Over the course of the game, all but one Pelican got at least one hit with two players snagging three hits on the night. Consequently, Carolina had a poor offensive performance with every player striking out at least one time except for Mudcats’ shortstop Ronny Rodriguez.
Pelicans’ starting pitcher Joe Van Meter took control of the game early and registered seven strikeouts over his four innings of work. Francisco Mendosa came in to relieve Van Meter in the fifth inning and surrendered a run to Carolina off three hits. Despite giving up a run, Mendosa managed to earn his first win of the year against the Mudcats.
The tone for the Mudcats offense was set by center fielder Tyler Holt when he bunted right back to the pitcher to open the game and was immediately thrown out at first base. It wasn’t until the sixth inning that Carolina actually looked like they were putting something together offensively.
In the sixth inning Mudcats’ left fielder Delvi Cid and Holt hit back to back singles and second baseman Tony Wolters drew a walk to load bases for Carolina. Mendoza walked the next batter, right fielder Carlos Moncrief, and the Mudcats were on the board for the first time but still faced a huge 6-1 deficit.
With the bases still loaded, first baseman Jesus Aguilar had the chance to deliver a huge hit to get his team back in the game. However, Mendoza got him to strike out and forced designated hitter Jeremie Tice to fly out to right field to end the inning.
Myrtle Beach added four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to effectively end the game and earn a pair of wins in a single night.
Carolina returns home for a seven game home stand beginning Friday night where they will face the Potomac Nationals at 7:15 p.m. at Five County Stadium.