Jul 3, 2012
Zebulon, N.C. — Justin Toole came through with the hit of the night, a roller to the left side of a drawn-in infield, and the Carolina Mudcats scored a 5-3 victory to sweep the Potomac Nationals in front of 4,510 on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium.
Grant Sides (1-0) earned his first win with the Cleveland Indians’ Advanced-A affiliate by dealing two innings. The right-hander allowed a run on three hits. Jose Flores tossed a scoreless ninth for his eleventh save.
Adam Carr (0-1), on a rehab assignment with Potomac, allowed the final three runs to Carolina over two innings.
With the Mudcats (9-4, 41-42) trailing 3-2 in the seventh and two runners in scoring position, Toole grounded one sharply to the left. The Nationals’ (6-7, 37-46) Jason Martinson dove to his right to knock the ball down, but the shortstop did not have a play anywhere. Delvi Cid scored on the play to tie the score 3-3.
One batter later, Giovanny Urshela drove in the go-ahead run for a 4-3 score. Carlos Moncrief finished it off with his tenth home run of the year, a towering blast over the right field wall.
Carolina scored two in the second inning on a base hit from Cannon and a ground out from Tyler Holt.
Mike Rayl pitched his seventh quality start of 2012, but did not factor in the decision. Toole, Tyler Cannon and Ronny Rodriguez finished with two hits apiece.
Carolina welcomes the Salem Red Sox to town on Wednesday night for the first of three games. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available through the box office by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.