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Sabourin's walk pushes Mudcats past Keys

Posted August 20

Patience continued to be a virtue for Jerrud Sabourin. On Wednesday night, the Carolina Mudcats’ first baseman worked a bases-loaded walk to force in the game-winner of a 6-5 triumph over the Frederick Keys at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats (27-30, 56-68) won their fourth straight over the Keys (25-31, 57-66) and pulled within 1.5 games of Salem for the wildcard.

Grant Sides (4-1) overcame a blown save to pick up the win. The right-hander surrendered two inherited runners in the seventh, but finished the night with 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out four. Dennis Torres (2-1) allowed the deciding run in the eighth. He yielded two hits and walked one in an inning of work.

The Keys scored four times in the seventh to spoil a solid start from Dylan Baker. The right-hander battled through an erratic command to post 5 1/3 innings. He relented one run despite seven hits and three walks.

An error on the Keys allowed the Mudcats to post the opening tally in the third. Logan Vick singled to begin the frame and worked his way to third with two out. Sabourin stroked a liner to left that was misplayed by Lucas Herbst and Vick scored on the missed catch.

The Mudcats used five consecutive hits in the fourth to claim a 4-0 lead. Luigi Rodriguez, Vick and Yhoxian Medina brought around runs on singles. Frederick hung around, however, as Steel Russell launched a home run to leadoff the fifth inning.

In the seventh, the Keys went to work against Carolina’s bullpen. Johnny Ruettiger singled off Michael Peoples to spark the rally. The center fielder stole second with one out and scored on a base knock by Trey Mancini. After Peoples retired Tucker Nathans on a foul out to the catcher, Jason Esposito reached on a throwing error by Medina at short.

Lucas Herbst caught a break on a bouncer towards second as the ball ricocheted off the dirt and over the head of Joe Sever into right field. The hit allowed Esposito around to score and cut the lead to one. Sides replaced Peoples, but promptly gave up a triple to Brenden Webb off the right field wall. Esposito and Herbst both scored for a 5-4 lead.

Eric Haase picked the Mudcats up in the seventh when he smashed a two-out double off the left field wall. The two-bagger scored Sever from first to knot the score.

The eighth inning rally started with a one-out single to right by Vick. A pitcher from Torres plunked Medina on the left hip to push Vick to second. Yandy Diaz smacked a bullet towards Esposito at third. The hot shot deflected off Esposito’s chest and all three runners were safe. Sabourin worked the count to 3-1 against Torres and took a pitch a low pitch to plate the winner.

The Mudcats go for the series sweep of the Frederick Keys on Thursday night at 7 p.m. It’s another “Thirsty Thursday” at Five County Stadium, presented by Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. Gate open at 6 p.m. 

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