by Mike Potter
Jake Kahaulelio’s three-run homer was the biggest blow as the Carolina Mudcats beat the host Birmingham Barons 9-4 in the opener of their three-game series.
James Avery (2-3) was the winning pitcher, while Angel Garcia (1-5) took the loss.
John Shelby homered and singled with two RBI for the Barons.
The Mudcats return home Friday night for the opener of their four-game season-ending series with the Tennessee Smokies.
Mudcats at Birmingham, 8:05 p.m.
Scott Carroll (R, 3-9, 3.64) vs. Charles Leesman (L, 4-2, 3.20)