By Darren Headrick / Carolina Mudcats (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wilmington, DE April 15, 2013 – The Wilmington Blue Rocks committed a season-high five errors, but held on for a 4-3 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Monday night at Frawley Stadium. The loss is Carolina’s third straight, and drops them to .500 for the first time this year. The Blue Rocks see their record even at 5-5.
Owen Dew (1-1) takes a tough loss for the Mudcats (5-5), surrendering three runs, only one earned, on three hits over two innings. Antonio Cruz (2-0) picked up the win in relief for Wilmington, and Andrew Triggs tossed a scoreless two frames for his first save.
The Blue Rocks broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Kenny Diekroeger cracked a leadoff home run over the left field fence for a 1-0 lead. It was the tenth home run Carolina has surrendered in seven games.
The advantage was short-lived, however, as the Mudcats scored twice in the fifth. Todd Hankins began the inning by drawing a walk, and quickly stole second and third base against Angel Baez. Tyler Naquin lined a single to left, scoring Hankins, and tied the score. A groundout by Francisco Lindor moved Naquin to third. With the infield in, Diekroeger misplayed a grounder off the bat of Joey Wendle for the first Blue Rocks error.
Jordan Smith stepped to the plate with runners at the corners, and hit into a force play. The potential twin killing went awry when the relay from shortstop Jack Lopez sailed into the home dugout. Naquin scored on the miscue, and the Mudcats held a 2-1 lead.
Carolina added to the advantage in the seventh thanks to another error on Lopez. Smith reached on fielder’s choice and stole second to get into scoring position for Jerrud Sabourin. A ground ball to Lopez again sailed wide into the dugout, allowing Smith to score for a 3-1 lead.
Wilmington rebounded to score three times against reliever Owen Dew in the seventh. Catcher Parker Morin lined a double into the right-center gap to begin the scoring. Justin Trapp singled him home for a 3-2 score. A groundout moved Trapp to third with two out for Cheslor Cuthbert. The third baseman hit a slow chopper up the third base line that was misplayed to keep the inning alive. Lane Adams cranked a double to dead-away center that scored Trapp and Cuthbert for the winning margin.
The comeback spoiled a quality start for the Mudcats’ Jordan Cooper. The right-hander held Wilmington to a run on five hits over six frames. Tyler Naquin paced the offense with three hits.
The Mudcats continue their road swing with the second of three games at Wilmington on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Cody Anderson will throw against the Blue Rocks’ southpaw Sam Selman. Carolina returns home on Thursday, April 18th, against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Tickets can be purchased by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.