WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Winston-Salem Dash 3-2 after the Mudcats stranded several runners on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt
started for the Dash, allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings. RHP Brandon Hardin
took the win despite the blown save in the eighth, and lefty Max Peterson
earned the save for the Dash.
The Mudcats hit the scoreboard first in the second inning. Right fielder Jordan Smith
led off the inning with a single, and Catcher Tony Wolters
walked, putting runners on first and second without an out. Third baseman Justin Toole
then made it to first thanks to a throwing error by catcher Martin Medina
. Smith scored and Wolters moved to third, but Toole was thrown out at second on the same play. The inning concluded with a 1-0 lead for the Mudcats.
The Dash made an offensive appearance in fourth inning when Jeremy Farrell
launched a two-run homer to take the lead, scoring left fielder Grant Buckner
The score would remain 2-1 through the eighth inning.
Designated hitter Joe Wendle
started the Mudcats off with a double on a ground ball to right field and advanced to third on the first out play of the inning. With Smith at bat, a wild pitch by Hardin allowed Wendle to score, tying the game 2-2. The Mudcats failed to capitalize by adding more runs to their score.
Winston-Salem didn’t wait long to retake the lead. With two outs in the bottom of the eight, Francisco Valera
walked right fielder Mark Haddow
, giving the winning run a free pass. The next batter, first baseman Rangel Ravelo
, singled on a fly ball to left field that scored Haddow to break the tie.
wasn’t up to his normal standards, giving up two earned runs, four hits and two walks, while striing out five. Valera would finish things up with three innings pitched, giving up two hits, two walks and run, while striking out three.
The Mudcat’s offensive recap concluded with three hits from centerfielder Tyler Naquin
, as well as two doubles by Wendle and two hits by Smith.
The Carolina Mudcats hope to avoid a sweep against the Winston-Salem Dash on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.