Nationals quiet Mudcats 7-5
Late rally falls short for Carolina as teams falls to 22-50
The Carolina Mudcats finished a weekend series with a 7-5 loss to the Potomac Nationals at Pfitzner Stadium.
Right-hander Michael Peoples (0-3) allowed eight hits, six runs, walked one and struck out six in the loss. Right-hander Greg Holt (3-0) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief to take the win. The Mudcats dropped to 0-2 in the second half and 22-50.
Carolina scored first with a home run from second baseman Joe Wendle in the top of the first. The Nationals answered quickly with two runs in their first inning at bat. Shortstop Jason Martinson singled to score center fielder Michael Taylor and catcher Adrien Mieto homered. Outfielder Luigi Rodriquez singled and then scored in the top of the second to bring the score to 3-2, Nationals.
Potomac pulled ahead in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Mike Gilmartin scored after a single, wild pitch and fielding error. Carolina manager David Wallace was ejected by the first base umpire. Taylor then doubled to score center fielder Billy Burns, and then Taylor stole third and scored on a Martinson single to make the score 6-2.
The Mudcats made an offensive push in the top of the fifth. Outfielder Tyler Naquin and shortstop Francisco Lindorboth singled and Wendle doubled to score Naquin. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin walked and right fielder Jordan Smith grounded out to score Lindor. A sacrifice fly from left fielder Bryson Myles scored Wendle and brought the score to 6-5, Nationals. Greg Holt entered to relieve Pineyro.
Carolina kept the Nationals from scoring with pitching changes in the bottom of the fifth with Owen Dew and Fabio Martinez in the bottom of the sixth. J.D Reichenbach entered to relieve Martinez and Kevin Keyes reached on a force attempt and a throwing error by Sabourin allowed Martinson to score the final run of the game.
The Mudcats finish the series at Potomac Sunday. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.