Naquin's big debut helps Mudcats roll Dash
Posted April 5, 2013
ZEBULON, N.C. – The Opening Night festivities included fireworks at Five County Stadium, but it was center fielder Tyler Naquin who stole the show. The Indians’ 2012 1st round pick finished a triple shy of the cycle, and recorded four RBI in a 10-1 romp over the visiting Winston-Salem Dash.
A crowd of 4,135 cheered as Naquin rocketed a three-run moonshot over the right field scoreboard in the fifth that put the Mudcats (1-0) up 9-1. His night included a run-scoring single in the second, and a double that snuck inside of first in the fifth.
Indians’ top prospect Francisco Lindor finished with three hits and a stolen base. He legged out a triple of a fly ball hit off the right field wall in the eighth.
Cody Anderson (1-0) got the win in his Mudcats debut by holding the Dash (0-1) to one run over six innings. He scattered four hits and struck out four without allowing a walk.
Bryan Blough (0-1) took the loss and the brunt of Carolina’s barrage. The right-hander, who was 2-0 against Carolina going in, was hit for nine runs and 10 hits in only three innings.
Carolina wasted little time in getting the hit parade going. Naquin drew a walk to lead off the first, and moved to third on a hit-and-run executed by Francisco Lindor. Tony Wolters hit a fly ball to center, scoring Naquin, for a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Lindor scored from third on a wild pitch.
After the Dash got a run back in the second, the Mudcats responded with two more in their half. Bryson Myles raced home from third after a throw from shortstop David Herbek glanced off Chris Curley’s glove at the bag. Naquin’s two-out single allowed Joey Wendle to score for a 4-1 lead after two.
Carolina put the game away with five runs in the third inning, highlighted by the soaring blast from Naquin. Charlie Valerio and Todd Hankins both drove in a run with base hits. Pitching took over from there as the teams traded scoreless frames until Wolters’ plated his second run with a fly ball to center in the eighth.
The Mudcats will go for the series win tomorrow night at 6:15 against Winston-Salem. Right-hander Jacob Lee will make his debut on the mound against Chris Bassitt for the Dash. Tickets can be purchased by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.