Rayl pitches well, but Mudcats falter 3-2
Myrtle Beach, SC – The Carolina Mudcats received another terrific start from southpaw Mike Rayl, but could not capitalize on the opportunity in a 3-2 loss to Myrtle Beach on Thursday night at TicketReturn.com Field.
Rayl tossed seven innings for the fourth time this year, allowing two runs and scattering five hits. He walked two and struck out four. It was his sixth quality start in 16 outings for the Mudcats (5-3, 37-41).
Cole Cook (0-1) gave up the deciding run in the eighth when a triple by Hanser Alberto scored on a sac-fly by Christian Villanueva.
Zach Osborne (3-0) dealt 1.1 innings to pick up the victory. Ben Rowen recorded the final two outs for his fourth save.
The Mudcats scored both runs in the first inning. Tony Wolters singled with one out. Giovanny Urshela mashed a line drive to right-center that was misplayed by Josh Richmond. The right fielder’s error allowed Wolters to score and Urshela to third. Jesus Aguilar brought home Urshela for a 2-0 lead on a fly ball that just missed being a home run to left field.
Myrtle Beach squared the game 2-2 with a pair of base knocks and a walk in the second inning.
After the Pelicans assumed the lead in their half of the eighth, the Mudcats made one last push. Carolina advanced the tying run to second with two outs in the ninth, but Carlos Moncrief was picked off pitcher-to-short to end the game.
Carolina and Myrtle Beach face off in game two of the series at TicketReturn.com Field on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.