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Late breakdown dooms Mudcats

Posted August 26, 2013

— The Salem Red Sox put together three straight hits in the ninth to score the decisive run in a 5-4 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats (31-31, 53-79) fall five games behind the Red Sox (36-26, 69-63) for the final playoff spot.

Louis Head (3-2) took a tough loss after the right-hander allowed a run on three hits over two innings. He struck out three. Matt Price (6-0) stayed undefeated by keeping the Mudcats off the scoreboard over the final two innings.

Head worked through the first two batters in the ninth before surrendering a single to Blake Swihart. Salem’s catcher rolled a grounder to second baseman Joey Wendle and was ruled safe on a close play at first base. Mookie Betts followed with a sharp grounder up the middle for a hit.

Matt Gedman chopped a slow, dying bounder up the middle that both of Carolina’s middle infielders tried for. Wendle and Erik Gonzalez converged on the ball, but both overran it. As the ball trickled into center, Swihart rounded third and scored what proved the game winner.

Carolina fell into a 4-0 hole when Salem started three straight innings with a home run off Cole Cook. Sean Coyle cracked one in the first, Gedman to begin the second and Stefan Welch launched one out to right at the start of the third.

The Mudcats rallied to tie the game in the fourth. Wendle drew a walk and moved to third on a double by Paddy Matera. Tony Wolters worked a walk off starter Heri Quevedo to load the bases. Gonzalez brought home Wendle with a single up the middle.

Jerrud Sabourin was hit by a pitch to force in Matera and Wolters scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Lavisky. Logan Vick kept the surge going with a walk to re-load the bases. Bryson Myles drove a fly ball that was caught by Keury De La Cruz in deep left. The sacrifice fly allowed Gonzalez to score, tying the game 4-4.

Wendle gave the Mudcats a brief lead in the fifth on a towering home run over and out to right. It was his 15th of the season.

Salem tied the game in the sixth against reliever Rob Nixon. Nick Natoli led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout. With the infield in, Coyle sent a soft liner into shallow right to bring in the tying run.

Carolina wraps up their 2013 home schedule with the finale against the Salem Red Sox on Monday night at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.

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Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
4th
CHI 90
NYK 89
 
4th
HOU 70
NOP 68
 
1st
SAC 20
MIL 12
 
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Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
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LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
 
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
 
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
2nd
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
2nd
UAB 51
LSU 58
 
2nd
EVAN 46
OHIO 50
 
1st
CSFU 5
CSDH 4
 
1st
ORST 20
DEP 8
 
1st
PAC 10
NEV 7
 
1st
USF 15
PORST 11
 
1st
IDAHO 11
WALLA 19
 
1st
UTST 0
CALST 3
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
3rd
MON 1
ANA 1
 
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SJS
EDM
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LOS
STL
3rd
JAC 14
TEN 10