Mudcats win second straight over Hillcats, 4-1
Posted August 24, 2013
Smithfield, N.C. — Nick Pasquale hurled his ninth quality start of 2013 and the Carolina Mudcats grounded the Lynchburg Hillcats 4-1 on Friday night at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats (31-29, 53-77) won their second straight to salvage a series split with the Hillcats (29-30, 65-63).
Pasquale (6-7) tossed seven innings and pitched to three batters in the eighth. He allowed a run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander took home a winning decision for the fifth time in his last seven starts.
Louis Head got Carolina out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.
Jose Lugo (0-1) suffered the loss after allowing four runs over four innings. The left-hander surrendered five hits and escaped early trouble before the Mudcats struck in the fifth.
Jerrud Sabourin started the rally with a double off the high wall in right field. Alex Lavisky reached when Lugo sailed a comebacker wide of first base. An errant breaking ball from Lugo hit Bryson Myles to load the bases. Jordan Smith lined a single into right-center to score Sabourin and Lavisky for a 2-0 lead.
Brandon Cunniff replaced Lugo and induced a lineout by Joey Wendle before issuing a walk to Paddy Matera. With two out, Tony Wolters mashed a double into left-center. Myles and Smith scored for a 4-0 advantage.
Pasquale cruised through six before running into trouble in the seventh. With two in scoring position and two away, Pasquale struck out Trent Moses to end the inning. Lynchburg rallied again in the eight to finally chase the right-hander.
A pair of walks to Matt Weaver and Matt Lipka, with a single by Anthony Nunez mixed in, loaded the bases with nobody out. Head took over and induced a lineout to third by Daniel Castro. Kyle Kubitza struck out swinging for the second out.
Josh Elander bounced a pitch by shortstop Erik Gonzalez and into left field to score Weaver. Nunez was waved in from second, but Myles knocked him off with a great throw to the plate. Catcher Tony Wolters tagged out Nunez to end the inning and the threat.
Carolina opens their final home series of 2013 against the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night at 6:15 p.m. It is the final fireworks show of the season. Tickets are available by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.