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Mudcats win 15-8 slugfest over Hillcats

Early scoring allows Carolina to coast to victory

Mudcats win 15-8 slugfest over Hillcats
Joe Wendle (Photo: Lianna Holub)
July 11, 2013
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The Carolina Mudcats came back from a Tuesday night shutout to beat the Lynchburg Hillcats 15-8, at Calvin Falwell Field. The Mudcats improved to 9-10 this half and 31-58 overall and the Hillcats dropped to 5-12 this half and 41-45 overall.

Right-hander Nick Pasquale started for the Mudcats and pitched two innings with two hits and one run. The Hillcats bullpen had a very different showing from their 16-strikeout Tuesday performance.Blaine Sims’ (0-6) first inning included five hits, eight runs and seven walks. Rob Nixon (3-3) took the win with 2.1 innings, one hit, one stolen base and one walk.

An uneventful first inning led to an offensive burst from Carolina in the top of the second. Sims walked the first two batters then pitched a double for catcher Alex Lavisky to bring the score to 2-0. Sims followed up with a walk and a wild pitch to center fielder Tyler Naquin. It didn’t get easier for Sims from there. He gave up two singles to Naquin and right fielder Jordan Smith to double the score, and a single from shortstop Francisco Lindor and another walk brought the score to 5-0.

Sims had another wild pitch, this time to second baseman Joe Wendle, to score Naquin. He allowed two more walks, one to score Lindor, before being relieved by Brandon Cunniff. Cunniff began his outing with a wild pitch to score Lindor and walked third baseman Zach MacPhee before the Mudcats’ offensive run ended with the score 8-0.

Lynchburg was able to get a run in the bottom of the second with a walk and two single.

Wendle delivered another home run, his 12th of the year, to bring the lead to 9-1 in the top of the third.

Josh Martin replaced Pasquale in the bottom of the third. Center fielder Matt Lipka and left fielder Josh Elander singled, but the Hillcats were unable to get past first base.

Matt Chaffee entered to replace Cunniff in the top of the fourth and pitched a single to designated hitter Bo Greenwell followed by a home run to left fielder Bryson Myles to bring the score 11-1.

The Mudcats added three more runs in the fifth with RBI doubles from first baseman Paddy Matera, Myles and Lavisky.

Lynchburg cut the deficit with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth. Martin walked one and pitched three singles, a double and a wild pitch. He was relieved by Fabio Martinez in the bottom of the sixth.

Chaffee didn’t fare much better than the previous Lynchburg pitchers – he allowed a walk and a wild pitch in the top of the seventh, but the Mudcats were unable to get past second base.

The Hillcats continued to attempt a comeback with another three-run inning in the bottom of the seventh. A single and three walks scored second baseman Levi Hyams and another single with the bases loaded brought the score to 14-8 before Nixon entered the game to replace Martinez. 

Lavisky singled to bring the score to 15-8 in the top of the ninth.

The series concludes Thursday, and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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