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Sox drop Mudcats in extras

Posted August 24, 2013

Matty Johnson stroked a double to right-center that produced two runs in the top of the 12th and the Salem Red Sox topped the Carolina Mudcats 4-2 on Saturday night at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats (31-30, 53-78) fall four games behind the Red Sox (35-26, 68-63) with nine to play.

Francisco Valera (2-4) takes the loss after surrendering the go-ahead hit in the final stanza. Valera pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks.

Nat Striz (1-4) earned his first win by holding Carolina off the scoreboard over the final two innings. The right-hander gave up one hit, a double by Jordan Smith, walked two and struck out four.

Robert Whitenack set the tone with a great start for the Mudcats, taking a no hitter into the sixth before Sean Coyle cracked a solo home run to lead off the inning. Whitenack finished after six, allowing one run, one hit, two walks and the right-hander struck out four.

Salem moved ahead 2-0 on a costly error in the seventh. Carson Blair doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. With the infield in, Matt Gedman sent a sharp grounder to Erik Gonzalez. The shortstop made the relay to Alex Lavisky at home plate to catch Blair in a rundown. Blair ping-ponged along the third base line before pitcher Francisco Jimenez dropped the throw from third baseman Paddy Matera. Blair went around Jimenez to score the run.

The Mudcats got a run back in the bottom of the seventh. Jerrud Sabourin singled to begin and moved to third on a double by Alex Lavisky. A wild pitch by reliever Madison Younginer scored Sabourin, but Carolina hitters struck out three straight times to end the inning.

Against Matty Ott in the ninth, Lavisky drove his second double of the night to the left field wall. Todd Hankins used a sacrifice bunt to advance Lavisky to third. Bryson Myles sent a soft liner over the drawn-in infield into shallow right to tie the game at two.

The game remained locked at 2-2 until the 12th. Vladimir Frias led off and softly lined a 0-2 pitch into center for a hit. Coyle followed with a walk and both runners advanced on a wild pitch to setup Johnson for the go-ahead hit.

Carolina continues their series with the Salem Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. It is the final “Kids Run the Bases” of 2013. 

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1
 
Final
TAM 4
BOS 3
Final
MIA 9
NYM 6
Final
ATL 0
PHI 7
Final
BAL 4
MIN 6
Final
STL 5
PIT 4
Final
CHC 4
MIL 2
Final
CLE 1
DET 12
Final
OAK 6
SEA 1
Final
SDP 3
ARI 1
Final
COL 10
SFG 9
Final
KAN 4
TEX 3
Final
LOS 4
WAS 6
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
BOS
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
DET
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
PHI
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
TOR
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
MIL
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
ANA
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
TEX
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
PIT
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
ARI
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
WAS
 
Final
LOU 31
MIAMI 13
Final
DUR 5
NOR 1