Sox run past iron-gloved Mudcats
Posted August 20, 2013
Salem, Va. — The Salem Red Sox stormed out to an 8-0 lead through three innings and never trailed in a 9-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night at LewisGale Field. The Mudcats (29-26, 51-74) committed three errors that led to five unearned runs.
The Red Sox (31-25, 64-62) padded their lead over Carolina for the wildcard spot with tonight’s win. The Sox are now 1.5 games ahead of the Mudcats with 15 games to play.
Rob Whitenack (0-3) suffered a tough-luck loss for the Mudcats. The right-hander was hit for eight runs, three earned, on five hits over 2.2 innings. Whitenack walked three and struck out two.
Heri Quevedo (6-5) was the winner after pitching five innings. He held the Mudcats to a run on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Kyle Kraus picked up his first save by throwing the final four innings, allowing a run on three hits.
Salem scored three times in the second off Whitenack. Stefan Welch drew a walk to begin the frame and scored on a triple laced by Blake Swihart to the right field corner. Swihart scored one batter later when Mookie Betts singled off shortstop Erik Gonzalez. A fielding error with two outs in the inning brought Betts home for a 3-0 lead.
The Mudcats unraveled in the third as Salem scored five. With one away, Keury De La Cruz tripled off the wall in straightaway center field. After a walk to Welch, Swihart reached on a second error by Jerrud Sabourin to score De La Cruz.
Betts hit a comebacker to Whitenack but beat the relay to first to avoid the double play. David Chester worked a walk to load the bases. Nick Natoli delivered the biggest blow with a three-run double to the wall in right-center. Matty Johnson then reached on a fielding error by Gonzalez to score Natoli from second and the Sox led 8-0.
Carolina tallied a run in the fifth and sixth innings. Alex Lavisky began the fifth with a double and moved to third on a single by Logan Vick. Jordan Smith drove in his 48th run of the year with a single to score Lavisky.
A groundout by Sabourin in the sixth scored Tony Wolters following a double by the Mudcats’ catcher.
The Mudcats finish their series in Salem on Tuesday night. First pitch against the Red Sox at LewisGale Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Carolina returns home to host the Lynchburg Hillcats on Wednesday, August 21st.