Rayl dominates as Mudcats win 3-2
Woodbridge, VA – Catcher Alex Monsalve got his first hit with the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday afternoon at Pfitzner Stadium. It was towering blast over the left field wall that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 victory over the Potomac Nationals.
The home run backed another dominating start from left-hander Mike Rayl (5-7). Rayl helped the Mudcats improve to 11-7, 43-45 overall, by dealing seven scoreless innings. The Lake Worth, Fla., native scattered three hits, and struck out three with two walks.
Jose Flores pitched to one batter in the ninth, getting a bouncer back to the mound, for his 13th save.
P-Nats’ starter Matt Grace (4-8) no hit the Mudcats through the first five innings, surrendering just two walks, before Carolina broke through in the sixth. Justin Toole beat out an infield chop to the left side, and scored on a double down the third base line by Delvi Cid.
Tony Wolters extended his season-long hitting streak to 13 game by lining a double into the right field corner. The extra base hit allowed Cid to score from second for a 2-0 lead.
After Monsalve’s blast to right, Potomac mounted one last comeback in the ninth. Against reliever Shawn Armstrong, the P-Nats drew a pair of walks to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Adrian Sanchez cracked a double to the left-center gap to plate two runs. Flores entered the game, and stranded the tying run at second base.
Potomac drops to 9-9, 40-48 overall.
The Mudcats finish their series with Potomac on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Carolina returns to Five County Stadium on July 16 to host the Winston-Salem Dash.