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Mudcats' first-half woes get worse with extra-inning defeat



Shawn Morimando fires a strike early in Saturdays game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
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  • Shawn Morimando fires a strike early in Saturday's game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats have been eliminated from the Carolina League’s first-half race for about a week, so now they’re trying to get momentum for a better second half.

Tonight David Wallace’s club will play the second of a three-game set with its nemesis Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who come in percentage points ahead of the Winston-Salem Dash atop the Southern Division and have won all but one meeting in the series.

There is some drama tonight as Shawn Morimando (4-5, 2.79) looks to continue his 20-inning scoreless streak. The Mudcats’ southpaw is the CL’s most recent pitcher of the week.

Of interest on the Pelicans’ roster is second baseman Rougned Odor, whose uncle Rouglas is the Mudcats’ hitting coach.
Morimando gets a quality outing but can’t get the win because his team doesn’t, falling 8-4 in 10 innings.http://

The Mudcats take a 2-0 lead in the second. Bo Greenwell hits a one-out single to center, followed by Tony Wolters’ double to right and Charlie Valerio’s two-run single to right.

The lead goes to 3-0 in the third as Tyler Naquin leads off with a single to right and scores on Jerrud Sabourin’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right.

Morimando’s streak ends with two out in the fourth. With one out, Trever Adams singles to right, and with two out Joe Maloney doubles to right.

Carolina makes it 4-1 in the fifth as Naquin leads off by launching a 1-2 offering high over the wall in right.

Adams makes it 4-2 with one out in the sixth, blasting a 1-0 pitch high over the wall in left.

And the Pelicans score two more in the seventh as Morimando loses his chance for the win. Edwin Garcia doubles to left, followed by Luis Sardinas’ one-out single to right center to greet J.D. Reichenbach. When the runners execute a double steal, catcher Wolters’ throw to third is wild to score Garcia. Patrick Cantwell then hits a grounder to second to score Sardinas.

Myrtle Beach takes the lead in the 10th off Grant Sides. Adams draws a leadoff walk, and then Chris Grayson reaches on a sacrifice bunt. With one out, Jake Skole singles to center before Garcia hits an RBI single to left. After Preston Beck reaches on a fielder’s choice, Sardinas draws a bases-loaded walk before Cantwell’s two-run single to right.

Adams leads the winners with four hits including his seventh homer of the season.

Naquin homers and singles while Wolters finishes with a double and single.

Ryan Harvey (5-1) is the winning pitcher, going two shutout innings and allowing one hit. Sides (2-2) takes the loss.

They said it …
Wallace: “These are always tough, but considering what we’re going through it seems like this one stings a little bit worse. I hate it for these guys. They’ve been working their tails off. And I hate it for the fans that we’re not able to send them home happy. … I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the second half. But we’ve got to execute better on the field, myself included.”

Morimando: “I’m just trying to work hard every day and pitch well for the team. I wanted to close it up. I should have kept attacking and kept us in the game. Both the offense and the defense were good for me tonight. The guys made a lot of good plays behind me.”

Wolters: “We’re working hard, trying to keep our attitudes up. We all want to win. Something’s just not there and we’re working to get it back. Maybe it’ll just take one big game, one at bat to get us back where we want to be.”

What does it all mean?

That the Mudcats are sure going to be happy when the first half ends and the second begins.

Stars of the game
1. Adams.
2. Cantwell.
3. Morimando.

Play of the game
Garcia’s single in the 10th .


Mudcats: Lost 5.
Myrtle Beach: Won 2.

Season series

Myrtle Beach leads 7-1.

On deck

Mudcats (Michael Peoples 0-1, 3.65) vs. Myrtle Beach (Alec Asher 4-4, 2.83), Sunday, 2 p.m.

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