Myles extends streak as Mudcats rally past Nationals
Posted August 6, 2013
Bryson Myles extended his hitting streak to 18 in dramatic fashion as he drove a two-run, go-ahead triple to the wall in the left alley. The three-bagger propelled the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-4 win over the Potomac Nationals and, in the process, clinched the three-game series.
Myles’ streak is his career best and the longest by a Tribe farmhand in 2013. The Mudcats (24-18, 46-66) kept at least a share of first place with the win. The Nationals falls to 26-16 and 68-43 overall.
Francisco Valera (2-3) took the win after hurling two scoreless frames in relief. Valera held Potomac to a Brandon Miller single and struck out two. Louis Head tossed a perfect ninth to earn his first save with the Mudcats.
Cameron Selik (1-3) allowed two runs on a hit in relief and suffered his fourth blown save. He walked two and struck out one.
Carolina jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a double by Joey Wendle that scored Jordan Smith before Potomac reeled off four straight. Adrian Nieto launched a solo homer off starter Joseph Colon to tie the game in the second inning.
In the third, Caleb Ramsey singled home Randolph Oduber for a 2-1 advantage and Michael Taylor hammered a fly ball to the right field wall. Cutter Dykstra and Ramsey raced home as Taylor circled the bases for a triple and a 4-1 lead.
The Mudcats went to work chipping away the lead in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back doubles by Smith and Wendle cut the deficit to two. In the fourth frame, Erik Gonzalez doubled and later scored on a groundout by Justin Toole.
Smith worked a one-out walk against Selik in the seventh. The outfielder stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by Nieto during the play. Paddy Matera drew a two-out walk to keep the inning alive for Myles.
Mudcats go for the series sweep against the Potomac Nationals on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.