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Sox sweep Mudcats in final home series

Posted August 27, 2013

— The Salem Red Sox scored twice in the top of the 12th to earn the three-game sweep of the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night at Five County Stadium. The Red Sox (37-26, 70-63) won 6-4 and shrunk their magic number to two games.

The Mudcats (31-32, 53-79) committed four errors that led to four unearned runs and fell under .500 in the second half for the first time since July 20th.

Francisco Valera (2-5) allowed two runs on two hits over two innings. He walked one and struck out one. Matty Ott (4-5) takes home the win after tossing two scoreless innings to close the game. He allowed a hit and struck out a batter.

With two out in the final inning, Keury De La Cruz kept the frame alive by lining a 0-2 pitch to left for a single. A balk on Valera moved him into scoring position. Down to his final strike, Stefan Welch lined a hit to right field, scoring De La Cruz. Welch continued to second on the throw to the plate. Blake Swihart rolled a grounder to first, but a fielding error by Jerrud Sabourin allowed Welch to score for the final margin.

The game went back-and-forth early as the teams traded runs in the second and third. After a home run by David Chester tied the game at one in the third, Logan Vick towered one just over the right field wall for a 2-1 lead for the Mudcats.

Shawn Morimando was terrific through six innings in the start for the Mudcats, but ran into trouble in the seventh.

In the seventh, Salem took advantage of an error to score three unearned runs. Welch reached on a fielding error at first with one out. Swihart followed with a single and a walk to Mookie Betts loaded the bases. Benny Suarez replaced Morimando, but issued a walk to David Chester that scored the tying run. Nick Natoli lifted a sac-fly to right for the go-ahead run and a single by Matty Johnson drove in Betts for a 4-2 lead.

Sabourin stroked a double to lead off the bottom of the seventh and later scored from third on a sacrifice fly to center by Bryson Myles. The Mudcats even the score in the eighth when pinch runner Todd Hankins scored on a groundout by Sabourin.

Carolina finishes the year with a seven-game, six-day road trip. The Mudcats open a four-game series in Lynchburg on Wednesday, August 28th. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. Carolina opens the 2014 season with a home game against Potomac Nationals.

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