ZEBULON, NC- The Carolina Mudcats (1-3, 23-51) scored three runs in the final two innings to comeback from a late 2-0 deficit against the Frederick Keys (1-3, 35-38) to snap a five game losing streak by a final score of 3-2 on Monday night.
Left fielder Luigi Rodriguez laced a one-out RBI single to plate designated hitter Bo Greenwell in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
Cody Anderson made the start for Carolina, entering Monday’s game with a 2.63 ERA. That was good enough for second in the Carolina League. Anderson took on Zack Davies for the Keys.
Both pitchers put zeroes on the board through the first four innings despite a bases-loaded jam for Anderson in the fourth.
Two walks and a double loaded the bases for the Keys with two outs in the fourth inning. Anderson got a fly ball to end the inning and leave the game scoreless.
Anderson exited the game after four shutout innings with a no-decision. He allowed two hits and two walks while he fanned six batters. Anderson lowered his season ERA to 2.50 with the start. Francisco Valera entered the game in relief for the fifth inning.
Valera ran into a jam like Anderson in the sixth inning. The right-hander walked the bases loaded but got a infield pop out to walk the tight rope again.
Valera added three hitless innings to keep the game knotted at zero. He walked three and struck out three batters.
Manager Dave Wallace made the call to the bullpen to begin the eighth inning. He brought in lefty J.D. Reichenbach.
Second baseman Jerome Pena welcomed Reichenbach to the game with a lead-off single to center field. Third baseman Nick Delmonico stepped to the dish and he hit his twelfth homer of the year to break the tie.
Davies came out of the game after seven three-hit innings. He gave up one walk and struck out six batters.
Carolina could not muster anything against Davies but they managed to get the offense going against reliever Miguel Chalas.
After a groundout to start the frame, the Mudcats loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Shortstop Francisco Lindor drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Second baseman Joe Wendle followed with a RBI double to right field. The game was tied at two, going to the ninth inning.
Reidenbach worked around a walk in the top of the ninth but he induced a twin-killing to end the threat.
Greenwell singled up the middle, and stole second to be in scoring position for L-Rod to drive in the winning run.
Reidenbach got the win with two innings of work with two runs allowed on two hits, including the home run while Chalas got the loss, allowing three runs in the final inning and a third.
Wendle led the team with two doubles. Third baseman Paddy Matera also had two hits before departing for a pinch-runner in the eighth.
The Mudcats and Keys will continue the series on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM.
Here is the link to Mudcats’ broadcaster Darren Headrick’s call: https://soundcloud.com/darren-headrick/june-24-highlights