A crowd of 5,958 watched Toole change his defensive position inning-by-inning, and the Mudcats snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 61-71 on the year. Salem falls to 63-66.
Jordan Cooper (8-7) completely shut down the Sox offense, scattering six hits over six innings. The right-hander struck out six batters without allowing a walk. It was the longest outing of the year for Cooper.
Miguel Celestino (7-9) takes the loss for the Sox, allowing three runs on three hits over five innings. The righty struggled with his command, walking three with three strikeouts.
Delvi Cid broke a scoreless tie in the second inning by smashing a two-run double off the wall in center field. Giovanny Urshela cracked a pair of solo blasts, one out to right in the third and the other shot off the left field scoreboard, for a 4-0 lead in the eighth.
Justin Toole gave up back-to-back home runs on the mound in the ninth inning, but struck out the final two batters to secure the win. The utility infielder for the Mudcats began the game in right field, move to center in the second and played left field in the third inning.
In the fourth, Toole began making his way across the infield, beginning at first base. He moved to second in the fifth, played shortstop in the sixth, and was at third base for the seventh inning. In the eighth, he caught a 1-2-3 inning for reliever Rob Nixon before moving to the mound in the ninth.
The Carolina Mudcats conclude their series with Salem on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.