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Mudcats complete another comeback and win fourth straight

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April 20, 2024 – Carolina League (CarL)
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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC – Once again the Carolina Mudcats (12-2) weathered the storm early and exploded offensively late Saturday night at SRP Park as the Mudcats defeated the Augusta GreenJackets (6-8) by a 9-7 final score. Carolina has won four straight games and continues to lead the Carolina League in wins heading into 2024.

The Mudcats jumped in front early in the top of the second thanks to a Blayberg Diaz RBI single. The lead grew to 3-0 in the third when Yophery Rodriguez launched a two-run home run off Augusta starter Adam Maier for his second home run in as many nights.

Meanwhile, Carolina starter Josh Timmerman held the GreenJackets offense scoreless through the first two innings, but Augusta broke through in the third against him with a Joe Olsavsky RBI single. In the fourth, a play with two Mudcats errors allowed two more Greenjackets runs to score to tie the game. Augusta then got a runscoring single from Luis Sanchez and an RBI groundout from Kade Kern to give the hosts a 5-3 lead.

Carolina got a spark in the top of the sixth inning when Luis Castillo blasted his third home run of the year to make it 5-4. A wild pitch from Morris Austin (W, 2-0) in the second half allowed the Jackets to push their lead back to two.

The Mudcats needed another spark in the top of the seventh and got it quickly when Juan Baez hit a double to left to lead off the frame. Rodriguez followed with a bloop single and advanced to second base on the throw, putting the tying run in scoring position against Augusta reliever Adel Dilone (L, 1-1). Up next was Tayden Hall, who singled to left to score Baez and cut the lead to one, chasing Dilone out of the ballgame in favor of Giomar Diaz.

Daniel Guilarte stepped up and hit a ground ball to short that gobbled up GreenJackets shortstop Cam Magee, scoring Rodriguez to tie the game. Guilarte and Hall then advanced on a balk by Diaz before Castillo walked. With the bases loaded, Kay-Lan Nicasia ripped a single to right to give Carolina a 7-6 lead. Blayberg Diaz later drove in another run on a sacrifice fly to cap a four-run seventh.

Austin came back to pitch a clean bottom half of the seventh for the Mudcats and also got the first two outs of the eighth. Bayden Root (SV, 2) replaced him and quickly got the final out, sending the match into the ninth. Nicasia led the top half with a double and advanced to third on a ball four to Diaz that got away from Augusta catcher Jacob Godman. Reidy Mercado then singled for Nicasia to end the scoring for Carolina.

Root returned to the mound for the ninth and gave up a pair of singles before hitting a sac-bunt to Magee. However, he bounced back to eliminate Godman and secure the win for the Mudcats.

Both teams meet Sunday afternoon to conclude their six-game series as Carolina has a chance to win five of six for the second week in a row. RHP Yorman Galindez gets the start for the Mudcats opposite LHP Riley Frey for the GreenJackets. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

Single game tickets, season ticket packages, mini plans, group options, as well as luxury suite packages and DRB Homes Sky Lounge reservations at the US Foods Club level are also still available now by visiting www.carolinamudcats.com, calling ( 919 ) 269-2287, and by visiting the front office of Five County Stadium in Zebulon.

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