WILMINGTON-Shawn Morimando won his third straight start to lead the Carolina Mudcats over the Wilmington Blue Rocks, 5-1, at Frawley Stadium Monday night.
Morimando (4-5) allowed four hits and zero runs in seven innings, a new career high. He struck out six. The Carolina League named the left-hander Pitcher of the Week for May 28 – June 2.
Carolina returned to face left-hander Jacob Lamb (4-5), who shut out the Mudcats in a 6-0 loss at home last Monday. Lamb allowed five runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings.
Carolina started off the scoring at the top of the second with a run from pinch hitter Jordan Smith, who advanced on a single and a fielding error. Catcher Tony Wolters was caught stealing second base and was picked off and catcher Ryan Battaglia walked before center fielder Tyler Naquin struck out looking.
Lamb struck out three consecutive batters in the top of the third inning, but faltered in the top of the fourth. An RBI double from right fielder Bo Greenwell scored Smith and brought the score to 2-0. Greenwell made it home four batters later with a single from Naquin.
Greenwell delivered again in the top of the fifth with his second home run of the year and third RBI of the night to score designated hitter Jerrud Sabourin.
Morimando allowed his first runner to third base in 11 innings with an advance from outfielder Tyler Chism in the bottom of the fifth.
Right-hander Spencer Patton relieved Lam in the top of the sixth and pitched a double to Naquin before shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a pop up to third baseman Yowill Espinal.
Patton retired three consecutive Mudcats in the top of the seventh. A strikeout and a double play retired Wilmington and gave Morimando his 20th consecutive scoreless inning in the bottom of the seventh.
Right-hander Robinson Yambati relieved Patton in the top of the eighth and allowed two singles to Carolina, but Greenwell was left stranded on third as Naquin struck out.
Morimando left the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with the score 5-0. Right-hander reliever Grant Sides allowed no runners to reach base.
Right-hander Andrew Triggs entered the game in the top of the ninth to relieve Yambati. A fielding error and a single from Wendle allowed Lindor to reach second, but Carolina was unable to reach home in their last offensive push.
Wilmington prevented a shutout with a home run to right field in the bottom of the ninth from first baseman Daniel Mateo. The Blue Rocks were unable to keep the momentum and the next batter struck out.
The Mudcats (20-36) will face the Blue Rocks again Tuesday night at Frawley Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.