By Darren Headrick / Carolina Mudcats (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zebulon, NC June 10, 2014 —Carolina got another strong start from Michael Peoples and the offense collected 13 hits in a 6-4 win over the Potomac Nationals on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats (28-35) broke a three-game losing streak and handed the Nationals (35-29) their second loss in three games.
Peoples (3-6) hurled five innings, giving up one run on three hits. Benny Suarez stifled a sixth inning rally by the P-Nats and finished with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Jacob Lee picked up his first career save. Despite a two-out home run, Lee struck out the side to close the game.
Dakota Bacus (2-2) was roughed up in the loss for Potomac. The right-hander pitched four innings and gave up four runs on nine hits.
Carolina started quickly, rattling off four straight hits, six total, in the first inning. Todd Hankins, Erik Gonzalez, and Yandi Diaz all came in to score off of singles from Diaz, Joe Sever, and Alex Monsalve. The hit parade staked a 3-0 advantage that the Mudcats carried through three innings.
The Nationals shrunk the Carolina lead to two in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Will Pwinica-Worms, scoring Oscar Tejeda.
Carolina loaded the bases with a walk and two singles to start the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly from Luigi Rodriguez brought in Jeremy Lucas to extend the Mudcats’ lead to 4-1.
The Mudcats continued to pile on runs in the fifth with doubles from Hankins and Gonzalez. Diaz singled to center to put runners on the corner and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice hit into by Joe Sever. Gonzalez was caught in a run down between third and home. Jeremy Lucas then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Diaz and give the Mudcats a 6-1 advantage.
Two walks and an error loaded the bases for Potomac in the top of the sixth against D.J. Brown. A timely two-out single from Mike McQuillan brought in two runs for the Nationals and cut the Mudcat lead to three before Suarez struck out Justin Miller to end the threat.
A solo home run by Pedro Severino with two away in the ninth brought Potomac within two, but Lee fanned Tony Renda on a foul tip to polish the win.
Carolina goes for the series win against the Potomac Nationals on Wednesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. It is the final home game for the Mudcats in the first half. Tickets and other information are available by calling the box office at (919) 269-2287 or by logging on to carolinamudcats.com.