Mudcats washed out late in 1-0 loss
ZEBULON - The Carolina Mudcats (3-1) fell in a rain shortened game to the Frederick Keys (2-2) on Monday night ,1-0.
A pitching duel between Michael Goodnight and Kyle Simon saw only one run scored in the game. The Keys were finally able to push a run across in the top of the eighth, as the first two runners of the inning reached and then first baseman Aaron Baker singled to left scoring third baseman Travis Adair.
The Mudcats offense has now gone 20 innings without scoring run as they haven’t scored a run since the third inning Sunday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Mudcats were unable to get anything going on Simon who pitched six and two third scoreless innings, striking out seven.
The Mudcats started the first two innings off very promising as the leadoff batter reached in both innings. Center fielder Tyler Holt reached base in the first on an error and first baseman Jesus Aguilar reached in the second on an infield single; however, in both innings a groundball double play erased the Mudcats opportunity to put up a rally in either inning.
The first base runner to reach scoring position finally happened in the top of the fifth. With one out center fielder Trent Mummey was able to reach on an error by Michael Goodnight. As Goodnight tried to field Mummey’s bunt attempt he boobled it allowing the speedy Mummey to have no problem reaching. Mummey then moved to second as he tagged up on a deep fly out by catcher Justin Dalles. The Keys were unable to take advantage of the runner in scoring position as shortstop Garabez Rosa struck out to end the inning.
The Mudcats were abe to put a runner past first base for the first time in the bottom of the fifth inning. Aguilar led off the inning with a walk and after a strikeout, but was erased on a fielders choice at second on a groundball off the bat of shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. An errant pick off attempt by Simon sailed over first baseman Aaron Bakers head and into the Keys bullpen allowed Rodriguez to move all the way to third on the play. However much like the Keys, the Mudcats were unable to take advantage as designated hitter Bo Greenwell grounded out to first to end the inning.
A great throw by left fielder Delvi Cid in the sixth kept the game scoreless. After a strikeout by left fielder Johnny Ruettiger, third baseman Travis Adair doubled down the left field line. Second baseman Ty Kelly followed the double by lining a single to left. Adair was waved around and looked to come around to score on the hit, but Cid fielded the ball quickly and came up throwing and threw a strike to home. The throw easily beat Adair as catcher Tyler Cannon slapped the tag down on Adair for the second out of the inning.
Goodnight was not out of the inning though as Kelly was able to move to second on the throw home and after an infield single by first baseman Aaron Baker the Keys had a runners on the corners for Jeremy Nowak. Goodnight was able to get Nowak to pop out to third to end the inning ending the threat.
In the bottom of the seventh inning second baseman Tony Wolters singled to lead off the inning and was bunted to second by third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Aguilar came up with an opportunity to end the tie but he struck out and then right fielder Carlos Moncrief lined out to short.
A lead off walk and then two straight hits by the Keys in the eighth allowed them to put the first run of the game on the board while ending the night for Michael Goodnight. With a runner on third and one out a fly ball was hit to Cid in left, and the runner tagged up and took off for home. Cid came up throwing and threw another strike home to nail the runner at the plate for Cid's second outfield assist of the game and keeping the score at 1-0.
The Mudcats were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the eighth and after the end of the frame the rains came and washed away any chance of finishing the game. The Mudcats will look to stay away from the series loss as they again take on the Keys on Tuesday at 7:15.