Unearned runs help Hillcats top Mudcats 7-3
Six unearned runs too much for Carolina to overcome
The Carolina Mudcats dropped their sixth straight game to the Lynchburg Hillcats, falling 7-3 Saturday night at Calvin Falwell Field. Six unearned runs against the Mudcats over two innings allowed the Hillcats to achieve an easy victory.
Right-handed pitcher Nick Pasquale (0-2) took the loss for the Mudcats. Pasquale allowed seven runs on ten hits in 4.2 innings, but only one of the seven runs was earned.
Right-hander Navery Moore (4-4) earned the win for the Hillcats, tossing six innings while only allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out five.
Carolina plated two runs in the first inning on three hits. Mudcats leadoff hitter and center fielder Tyler Naquin started the offense with a double on a line drive to left field, but was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice that landed shortstop Francisco Lindor on first. Lindor established his presence on second base off of a steal. Batting third, designated hitter Jordan Smith singled on a ground ball that scored Lindor giving the Mudcats a 1-0 lead. With left fielder Luigi Rodriguez at bat, Smith stole second base and scored on Rodriquez’s line drive single.
The Mudcats maintained the lead 2-0 until the Hillcats came back fighting the bottom of the third inning.
The Hillcats scored four times in the bottom of the third inning with two outs, claiming the lead 4-2. The Hillcats' rally started off of a throwing error by second baseman Zach MacPhee, followed by four hits in a row off of Pasquale.
MacPhee redeemed himself by earning back a run in the top of the fourth with an RBI single that scored Rodriguez. The Mudcats did not stay within one for very long.
Two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth advanced the Hillcats' lead 6-3. A throwing error by the Mudcats third baseman Yhoxian Medina, allowed Hillcats shortstop Emerson Landoni to reach second and score center fielder Matt Lipka.
The Mudcats failed to score any more runs after the fourth inning. The Hillcats managed one more run in the bottom of the fifth that made the final score 7-3.
Lefty Francisco Jimenez relieved Pasquale to pitch the remainder of the fourth inning and all of the fifth inning. Right-hander Michael Goodnight also made an appearance on the mound tossing the eighth inning.
The Mudcats match up against the Hillcats Sunday afternoon to finish their series in Lynchburg. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.