The Carolina Mudcats gave up a two-run lead in the seventh inning and allowed four runs in the top of the tenth to lose to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 8-4, at Five County Stadium Saturday. This was Carolina’s seventh consecutive loss to the Pelicans and the second in a three-game series.
Left-hander Shawn Morimando
started for the Mudcats and allowed two runs on five hits. His 20-inning scoreless streak was snapped in the top of the fourth inning. Reliever Ryan Harvey
took the win for the Pelicans. The right-hander improved to 5-1. Right-hander Grant Sides
(2-2) took the loss for Carolina.
Carolina got on the board first with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning. A groundball out past second base sent leftfielder Bo Greenwell
to first base, and catcher Tony Wolters
followed up with a double to left field. Catcher Charlie Valerio
singled off the wall in right field to score Greenwell and Wolters and bring the score to 2-0, Carolina, entering the third inning.
The Mudcats returned to bat in the bottom of the third and started with a base hit from outfielder Tyler Naquin
, who then advanced to second on a passed ball. The bases were loaded with zero out after shortstop Francisco Lindor
walked and second baseman Joe Wendle
was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice fly from first baseman Jerrud Sabourin
scored Naquin and brought the score to 3-0.
Morimando’s scoreless streak ended in the top of the fourth. First baseman Trever Adams
singled on a line drive to centerfield and then scored on a double from first baseman Joe Maloney
Naquin brought the score to 4-1 with a leadoff homerun—his fifth of the season—in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lindor followed with single but the Mudcats were unable to advance past first base.
Morimando allowed his first homerun since May 17 and his third this season in the top of the sixth. Adams’ blast to left field brought the score to 4-2, Carolina, with one out. Morimando then walked Maloney one batter later but collected his pitching after a quick chat on the mound and ended the inning.
“His performance was great,” said manager David Wallace, “although there is still room for improvement.”
“Sometimes he got a little maybe too cute with his pitch selection instead of just going right at them, especially when we have the lead,” Wallace said.
“He’s done a good job of throwing his off speed for strikes which is a very important part of his development, but once we got the lead he stuck with that a little but too much.”
The Mudcats left runners stranded on the corners as the sixth inning ended. Morimando started the seventh inning a leadoff double to second baseman Edwin Garcia
that nearly made it over the wall, but instead bounced off the right field side over Greenwell’s head.
Morimando left after striking out the next batter and left-hander J.D. Reichenbach
entered the game with a batter on second and one out. Carolina began to melt down in the top of the seventh and allowed two runs on two hits to tie the game.
Naquin ran in to catch a pop up from shortstop Luis Sardinas
, but the ball bounced out of his glove as he hit the ground to give Myrtle Beach a runner on first. A double steal from Garcia and Sardinas and an error by Wolters scored Garcia and put Sardinas on third. Patrick Cantwell had grounded out to second to tie the game.
Right-hander Francisco Mendoza
relieved starting right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff
(4-3) in the bottom of the seventh and retired the first two batters before walking Lindor. Carolina wasn’t able to advance and the seventh inning ended with the score tied, 4-4.
relieved Reichenbach in the top of the eighth and the left-hander started his outing with a single to Adams. A single by Maloney put Pelicans on the corners with one out, but the Mudcats were able to escape a jam and keep the game tied.
Sabourin began the bottom of the eight with a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt got him to second with one out. He attempted to make it home on a drive to centerfield from Greenwell but he collided with catcher Pat Cantwell
and was tagged out before the base. Greenwell advanced to third on a wild pitch and Wolters walked to put runners on the corners with one out. Valerio grounded out to end the inning and take the game into the final inning, still tied.
Jimenez kept the Pelicans from advancing past first base in the top of the ninth. The Mudcats returned to the plate against Harvey and were unable to score the winning run to take the game into the tenth inning.
Grant Sides entered the game for the extra inning and lost control in the top of the tenth. A walk, error and two singles scored Adams to bring the score to 5-4 with the bases loaded. Sides then walked Sardinas to give Myrtle Beach a two-run lead with two outs and the bases loaded. A two-run single to right field from Cantwell scored Garcia and right fielder Preston Beck
to end the top of the tenth with Myrtle Beach up, 8-4.
Harvey quickly retired three consecutive Carolina batters to take the overtime win for the Pelicans.
A combination of issues lost the game for Carolina, Wallace said.
“I bet if you asked each guy in that locker room, myself included, there’s a couple things we would have done differently,” he said. “This one’s going to sting a little bit tonight but were going to put it behind us, it’s over, and were going to come out and play with energy and try to get a W tomorrow.”
The Mudcats play the Pelicans again at Five County Stadium Sunday afternoon. The first pitch is schedule for 2 p.m.