Roberts, Mudcats bombed by Salem, 12-3
ZEBULON- The Carolina Mudcats (9-4) were overwhelmed by the Salem Red Sox (3-10) on Independence day as they fell 12-3 on Wednesday.
The fireworks started early for the Red Sox as they put up five runs in the first inning against Mudcat starter Will Roberts. The Mudcats would never rebound from this as the Red Sox continued to add to their lead throughout the game as another five run inning in the fifth put the game well out of reach.
Roberts turned in his ugliest outing of the year as he only lasted four plus innings while surrendering nine runs on twelve hits.
“It was a bad day. His tempo and intensity was good but everything was off and everything was working for them,” said manager Edwin Rodriguez.
On the other side Brandon Workman cruised behind his offense to his sixth win of the year as he tossed six innings giving up three runs on nine hits.
A bright spot in the blow out was third baseman Giovanny Urshela who went 2-4 to continue his hot streak at the plate as he now has six hits in his last 13 at bats. Urshela had all three RBI for the Mudcats which included a towering two run homer in the sixth inning. Second baseman Tony Wolters and shortstop Ronny Rodriguez each chipped in with three hits in the blow out.
However, this game was all about the Red Sox as they recorded 19 total hits, the most off Mudcat pitching on the season. Every Sox starter had at least one hit in the game and seven had two or more hits. Third baseman Heiker Meneses and catcher Christian Vazquez led the Sox offense as they both had two hits and three RBI.
The hitting party started early as Roberts allowed six hits and five runs in the first inning as the Sox sent nine men to the plate. The Sox put up two runs before Roberts was able to record the first out of the game. This would be a sign of things to come
Three singles in the bottom of the third allowed the Mudcats to push across their first run of the game. After singles by catcher Tyler Cannon and Wolters to put men on first and second with two outs Urshela stepped to the plate. Urshela came through with a single to left to score Cannon. This brought the always dangerous first baseman Jesus Aguilar to the plate, but Aguilar would not get a chance to hit as the Mudcats ran themselves out of a bigger inning. On a double steal attempt Urshela was thrown out easily at second to end the inning.
Following the Mudcats run the Sox pushed their lead right back up to five in the fourth. Second baseman Sean Coyle led off the inning with a single to right. Coyle then gave right fielder Shannon Wilkerson an easy opportunity for an RBI as he stole second and when the throw from Cannon sailed into center, Coyle was able to move to third with one out. Wilkerson drove him in as he singled to left giving the Sox a 6-1 lead.
The fifth inning saw the end of the night for Roberts as he gave up three more runs without recording an out before the game was turned over to the bullpen, but JD Reichenbach also found it hard to get the Sox batters out as he allowed two runs of his own. The Sox sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, as they recorded four hits and drew four walks to blow the game wide open and take a commanding 11-1 lead.
The Mudcats added two runs in the sixth. After a lead off single by Wolters, Urshela came up and crushed a ball over the left field wall for his sixth home run of the year.
The Red Sox tacked on another run in the ninth off reliever Dale Dickerson before the nightmare came to an end.
“We just need to regroup, it’s a long season," Rodriguez said. "You have to get by this one and concentrate on the next game. That’s the beauty of baseball you get to come right back out the next night."
The Mudcats will have that chance as they face off against the Sox again at 7:15 on Thursday at Five County Stadium.