Mudcats' sloppy defense leads to 6-5 loss
WINSTON-SALEM - On Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark, the Winston-Salem Dash defeated the Carolina Mudcats 6-5 despite giving up two home runs.
Carolina was able to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Winston-Salem took advantage of an ill-advised Mudcats pitching change scoring two runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
The Dash got their offense rolling early off Mudcats’ left handed starting pitcher T.J. House. The Dash’s second batter of the game, shortstop Carlos Sanchez, singled and was able to reach second base when Mudcats’ left fielder Anthony Gallas made a fielding error on the play. Sanchez was able to steal third and House gave up a walk to center fielder Drew Thompson.
House was able to strike out Dash left fielder Brady Shoemaker, but Sanchez made it 1-0 when Mudcats’ catcher Dwight Childs failed to throw out Shoemaker as he raced to first. With runners at first and second, Dash right fielder Nick Ciolli stroked a double to left field that brought in Thompson and Shoemaker giving Winston-Salem an early 3-0 lead.
Leading off in the top of the second, Mudcats’ first baseman Jeremie Tice hit a solo shot off Dash starting pitcher Ryan Buch to straight away center field for his first home run of the season, making the score 3-1.
Winston-Salem added another run in the third on a single by Shoemaker that scored Thompson from second making the score 4-1.
The Dash’s lead didn’t last long thanks to Ronny Rodriquez’s first home run of the season in the fourth inning. With two runners on, the Mudcats’ shortstop went deep on Buch to left field for a three run shot that evened the game at 4.
Carolina appeared to take control of the game in the sixth inning when Tice scored on a line drive double by Gallas that gave the Mudcats a 5-4 lead. When the Mudcats opted to rest House in favor of reliever Jordan Cooper in the seventh, Winston-Salem wasted no time capitalizing on the move.
Cooper gave up three consecutive singles that loaded the bases and Dash center fielder Drew Thompson punched a sacrifice fly that made it 5-5. When Dash first baseman Dan Black singled to right field, he brought in second baseman Ross Wilson and Winston-Salem would never surrender the lead the rest of the afternoon.
Despite giving up four early runs, House pitched well striking out 8 of the 24 batters he faced and only allowed one walk. Mudcats’ designated hitter Jake Lowery extended his consecutive games hit streak to seven games.
Carolina will travel to Delaware for a three game road trip against the Wilmington Blue Rocks beginning Monday night at 6:35 p.m.