Frederick beats Carolina again, 8-2
ZEBULON- The Carolina Mudcats (26-25) fell to the Frederick Keys (24-26) 8-2 sfter an hour and 35 minute rain delay 8-2 as the Keys were able to sweep the three game series.
The Mudcats offense was only able to muster two hits in the game as the Keys starter Tim Berry tossed a stellar outing. Berry silenced the Mudcats bats over seven innings giving up only two runs, only one of which was earned, while surrendering only two hits and striking out 11.
“Berry, that’s a good arm right there," said manager Edwin Rodriguez. He was pitching well. His fastball was in the high 90’s and he had command of his secondary pitches.”
Their starter Jordan Cooper not make it out of the third inning as Cooper was yanked after giving up five runs, four earned in just two and two third innings.
“He started very good in those first two innings. He doesn’t have a power pitch so he has to rely a lot on command, and when he doesn’t have command he is in trouble and I think that is what happened to him tonight,” said Rodriguez.
Catcher Joe Oliveira got the third started with a single into center. Following a strikeout, Oliveira stole second with shortstop Michael Rooney batting. Rooney took advantage of the runner in scoring position as he singled to center to drive in Oliveira. Center fielder Johnny Ruettiger then singled and second baseman Jerome Pena walked to load up the bases for right fielder Brenden Webb. Webb sent a shot off the center field wall to clear the bases. First baseman Tyler Townsend then singled to move Webb up to third. Cooper struck out DH Jeremy Nowak before he was pulled in favor of Cole Cook. With Cook facing Left fielder Steve Bumbry the Keys attempted a double steal. The Mudcats got Webb in a pickle in between third and home but third baseman Giovanny Urshela dropped the throw from catcher Alex Monsalve allowing Webb to come in to score to then only see Cook strike out Bumbry.
The Mudcats would answer with two runs of there own in the bottom of the third as they were aided by two hit by pitches. With one out Berry hit center fielder Delvi Cid and second baseman Tony Wolters back to back. First baseman Justin Toole then singled to right bringing home Cid for the Mudcats first run. Urshela then came up and grounded to third, Toole was forced out at second but the relay to first was wild allowing Wolters to come around from second to score cutting the defecit to 5-2.
However the Mudcats were unable to get anything going from then on only recording one more hit through the last six innings.
A two out rally aided by an error would allowed the Keys to extend their lead to 7-2 in the fifth. Webb stroked a ball down the right field line, with Webb looking for a double rounded first but right fielder Anthony Gallas gathered the ball quickly and threw a strike to second. However shortstop Ronny Rodriguez dropped the ball allowing Webb to slide in safely. Townsend then reached on an infield single that would push Webb to third. Then Cook unleashed a wild pitch allowing Webb to come in for the Keys sixth run of the night. A walk of Nowak brought Bumbry to the plate. Bumbry would then hit a ground rule double to right to bring home Townsend.
The Keys tacked on another run in the ninth off reliever Kyle Blair to push the lead to 8-2.
The Mudcats head back on the road to take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 7:15 Thursday in a pivotal series if the Mudcats hope to have any chance to make the playoffs.