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Mudcats escape P-Nats' swarm

Posted August 5, 2013

— Despite tying an all-time franchise record with 18 strikeouts and allowing 13 hits, the Carolina Mudcats were able to edge the Potomac Nationals 5-3 on Monday night at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats (23-18, 45-66) stayed in a first place tie with Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

Shawn Morimando (8-10) battled through early trouble to hold the Nationals (26-15, 68-42) scoreless over six innings. The lefty allowed six hits, walked two and struck out a pair.

Paul Demny (0-1) allowed four runs, two earned, on two hits over three innings in the loss. Demny struck out eight and walked three.

The Mudcats scored four times in the second off Demny. Paddy Matera drew a walk and the club loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Tony Wolters and Bo Greenwell. Following a strikeout of Jordan Smith, Erik Gonzalez worked a base on balls to force home Matera.

Charlie Valerio hit a fly ball towards left fielder Brandon Miller. What looked like a routine catch turned into a key error when he missed the ball and rolled behind him. Valerio was credited with a sacrifice fly to score Wolters, but the error allowed Greenwell and Gonzalez to score for a 4-0 lead.

Potomac was held in check until the eighth inning. With one on, Michael Taylor crushed a breaking pitch from Josh Martin well over the left field wall to cut the deficit in half.

Smith was able to get one of those runs back from the Nationals in the bottom of the eighth with a sacrifice fly to center. The out scored Wolters from third.

Potomac mounted one last rally in the ninth against Nixon. After Justin Martin scored on an error, Caleb Ramsey singled and Michael Taylor walked to load the bases. With one out, Nixon was able to induce a comebacker from Adrian Nieto. The Mudcats turned a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat and the game.

The Mudcats continue their series with the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

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Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR