Gonzalez triples Mudcats past Nationals
Posted August 12, 2013
Woodbridge, Va. — Erik Gonzalez hammered a two-out triple to the left-center wall that scored two runs for the Carolina Mudcats in a 5-2, 10-inning victory over the Potomac Nationals on Sunday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Bryson Myles extended his hitting streak to 23 games with two hits in the win.
The Mudcats (27-20, 49-68) received a quality start from Joe Colon. The right-hander hurled 6.1 innings, striking out seven, but was left with a no decision when the Nationals (27-20, 69-47) rallied for two unearned runs in the fifth inning.
Louis Head (3-1) took the win after hurling scoreless frames in the ninth and 10th. Robert Benincasa (0-3) surrendered three runs on three hits in the top of the 10th to suffer the losing decision.
Joey Wendle drew a walk off Benincasa to start the rally. After Paddy Matera flew out to straightaway center, Bryson Myles singled on a bloop to right field. Benincasa was able to retire Tony Wolters on a flare to short before Gonzalez’s big knock. Jerrud Sabourin capped the rally with a roller up the middle to score Gonzalez.
Carolina jumped out to a two-run lead through four innings. With two out in the second, Gonzalez drove a double to center to bring home Matera. A two-out single by Matera brought around Todd Hankins to score in the fourth.
Potomac took advantage of iron gloves in the fifth inning. Brandon Miller started the inning with a single off Colon. Mike Gilmartin reached when a ground ball to Joey Wendle deflected off the second baseman’s glove. A passed ball on Wolters advanced the runners to second and third.
Justin Miller followed with a soft bouncer to second. Wendle charged the dying hopper and played the ball. However, his throw to first sailed away from Sabourin to score Gilmartin behind Brandon Miller.
The Mudcats go for their fourth straight series win on the road Monday night. First pitch against the Nationals is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Pfitzner Stadium.