Durham Bulls and Carolina Mudcats Minor League Baseball Roundup
The Carolina Mudcats (39-36) rallied from a three-run deficit in the sixth inning to win in walk-off mode against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (33-37), the Single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros , for their fourth straight. victory and victory of the series on Sunday in Zebulon.
The Carolina Mudcats opened their series against the Fayetteville Mudcats with an 8-5 victory. Going into the eighth 5-5, the Mudcats managed three runs to ultimately claim victory. Jesus Chirinos led the Mudcats in RBIs (3), Eduardo Garcia led the way in hits (3), and Carlos Rodriguez pitched four innings, allowing one earned run and seven strikeouts.
The Mudcats lost Game 2 of the series, 8-5. Alexander Cornielle struggled, pitching just 2.2 innings, walking three and allowing six earned runs. The Woodpeckers’ five-run third inning proved to be the difference in the game. The Mudcats were 0 for 10, with runners in scoring position.
Carolina bounced back in Game 3 of the series with a 2-1 win. Miguel Segura pitched five one-run innings, striking out five before giving it away to Jeferson Figueroa. Figueroa pitched four scoreless baseball innings, striking out five and walking two.
Hendry Mendez hit a single for the Mudcats victory.
The Mudcats won Game 4 of the series, 5-2. Stiven Cruz threw a career-high six scoreless innings and struck out five. Cruz hasn’t walked a batter in his six innings. Jheremy Vargas went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
The Mudcats took control of the series with 4-3 straight wins. Hendry Mendez had a career day Saturday, racking up four hits with a home run. In round six, Jackson Chourio got the go-ahead, his ninth of the season.
Zack Raabe ended the series with a single that broke the tie 3-3 in the tenth.
Carolina is in second place in the second half of the Carolina League. After taking five of six against the Woodpeckers, the Mudcats hit the road to face the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (32-43 overall, 6-3 in the second half) for a six-game series.
The bulls separate from the knights
The Durham Bulls (42-36) faced the Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, last week and escaped the series with a split.
The Bulls opened their six-game series in North Carolina with a 6-2 win over the Knights. Ryan Boldt opened the scoring with a brace (8) to bring in Xavier Edwards. Boldt scored on a through ball from Jim Haley to extend the lead to 2-0. A Tristian Gray single capped the first inning three-run that set the tone for the game.
The Knights rebounded with a 9-8 victory over the Bulls. The offense dominated the day for both sides. Charlotte scored two runs in four straight innings to steal Game 2 of the series. Tristan Gary hit his 16th home run of the year. Grant Witherspoon hit his first AAA-level home run.
The Bulls picked up back-to-back wins over the Knights to take a 3-1 series lead before losing the final two games.
Durham currently sit atop the International League East. The Bulls host the Memphis Redbirds (43-35) for their next series.