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Mudcats stunned by Nationals, lose 9-8 in extras

Mudcats stunned by Nationals, lose 9-8 in extras
August 23, 2012
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Woodbridge, Va. – The Carolina Mudcats stormed out to a 7-3 lead, but could not make it hold as the Potomac Nationals rallied for a 9-8 win in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Pfitzner Stadium.  

The Nationals (26-32, 57-71) scored five unanswered runs over the last three innings for the win. Carolina drops to 28-31 in the second half, and 60-69, after enduring another tough loss.

Trailing 8-4 entering the eighth inning, Potomac started the rally. The Nationals put together three hits, and helped by three costly errors, scored a pair of unearned runs to cut the deficit in half.

With a man on in the ninth inning, Carolina got to within a strike of victory. However, J.P. Ramirez worked the count, and drew a walk against reliever Grant Sides. Stephen King then laced a double into the right-center gap to plate two, tying the score 8-8.

Neil Holland (6-1) worked through a scoreless tenth to set up the win. The right-hander shut out Carolina over the final three innings, striking out five.

Matt Skole doubled with one out in the tenth inning against Fabio Martinez (0-2). He moved to third base on a ground out, and raced home on a wild pitch to score the winning run.

The collapse ruined a terrific showing by the Mudcats’ offense. Carolina scored seven runs over the first four innings.

Tony Wolters paced the group with three hits, including two doubles and an RBI. He had what appeared to be a triple in the tenth inning, but was called out on a controversial tag at third. Anthony Gallas and Ronny Rodriguez each recorded two hits. Both cracked home runs, and drove in two. For Rodriguez, it was his 18th round-tripper of the year, and second of the series.

The Carolina Mudcats finish their series at Potomac on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.

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