Potomac's late surge topples Mudcats
Posted August 8, 2013
Zebulon, N.C. — The Carolina Mudcats were unable to complete an extra inning comeback against the Potomac Nationals and fell 8-7 in eleven innings. The Mudcats (24-19, 46-67) maintain a half-game lead on the rest of the Southern division. Potomac improves to 27-16, 69-43 overall.
Josh Martin (0-1) took a tough loss for Carolina after hurling an inning, giving up two hits and two runs. Colin Bates (4-4) tossed a two innings and gave up a run to pick up the victory for Potomac.
The Mudcats picked up a run in the eleventh after Joey Wendle stroked a triple off the wall in left-center field that scored Tyler Naquin. Wendle was thrown out trying to go for the inside the park homerun.
The Nationals jumped ahead following a double to center field by Michael Taylor in the top of the eleventh inning. The double brought home Cutter Dykstra. Potomac was not done scoring after the double by Taylor. Kevin Keyes doubled to bring home Taylor and push the Nationals past the Mudcats 8-6.
Potomac tied up the game in the top of the ninth inning following a sacrifice fly to the farthest part of center field. Tyler Naquin made an amazing grab of the fly ball from Kevin Keyes before crashing into the wall. Soriano tagged up and barely beat the throw from Jerrud Sabourin to keep the Nationals in the game.
Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first three innings. Erik Gonzalez lead off the scoring spree with a triple to bring home Paddy Matera in the bottom of the second inning. Bo Greenwell singled to bring home Gonzalez and put the Mudcats up 2-0. Jerrud Sabourin doubled to bring in Greenwell to push Carolina to a 3-0 lead.
Tony Wolters tacked on another run in the bottom of the third with a single to push the Mudcats lead 4-0 but the Nationals were able to tally two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to cut the Mudcats lead 4-3.
Carolina responded in the sixth with two runs of their own behind a solo homerun by Greenwell. Joey Wendle was able to reach on an error by Mike Gilmartin to score Sabourin to keep the Mudcats up by three, 6-3.
The Mudcats open a six-game road trip on Thursday night with three games in Frederick. First pitch against the Keys from Harry Grove Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. The Mudcats return home August 14th to host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a three-game series.