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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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