Jul 19, 2012
Zebulon, N.C. — The Carolina Mudcats committed a trio of errors that led to five unearned runs for the Winston-Salem Dash in a 7-0 setback in front of 4,228 on Thursday night at Five County Stadium.
The Dash (14-13, 58-38) took advantage of a pair of defensive mistakes by the Mudcats (15-12, 47-50) to score four times against starter Joseph Colon (0-1) in the first inning. The right-hander, making his Mudcats debut, allowed run-scoring singles to Marcus Semien and Dan Black before a two-run blast of the scoreboard by Cyle Hankerd capped the onslaught.
Bryan Blough (2-0) tossed five innings in relief. He surrendered six hits, walked two and struck out three, but the Mudcats were unable to scratch for a run. Carolina stranded 11 runners on base, and finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Terrance Marin dealt the final three innings without surrendering a hit for his seventh save.
The game was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the bottom of the second inning. Ronny Rodriguez was grazed on the jersey by an inside fastball by Dash starter Justin Collop. Rodriguez started towards the mound as the benches emptied. After the teams were separated, four players were ejected, including Collop, Rodriguez, Jesus Aguilar, who was hit by a pitch in the first inning, and reliever Cole Cook.
Carolina opens a three-game series against the Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday night at Five County Stadium. 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.