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Carolina Gets Series Split with 5-4 Victory in Extras

Jesus Chirinos drove in the eventual game-winner with a double in the tenth for the Mudcats
Jesus Chirinos - Carolina Mudcats (Neal Hock)
July 31, 2022

Carolina 5 @ Fayetteville 4 July 31, 2022 | Venue : SEGRA Stadium | First pitch : 2:08 PM | Att : 2,689 | T : 2:56 CAR: 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 9 1 FAY: 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0

Carolina 5 @ Fayetteville 4
July 31, 2022 | Venue : SEGRA Stadium | First pitch : 2:08 PM | Att : 2,689 | T : 2:56

CAR: 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 9 1
FAY: 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 10 0

WP: Miguel Guerrero (1 - 0) LP: Jacob DeLabio (0 - 3) SV: Brannon Jordan (2)

FAYETTEVILLE – Jesus Chirinos broke a scoreless tie with a go-ahead double in the tenth, relievers Junior Montero and Miguel Guerrero struck out the side in the eighth and ninth respectively, and Brannon Jordan worked a scoreless tenth as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 5-4 in ten on Sunday afternoon at SEGRA Stadium. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Mudcats (14-16, 48-48) and gave them a 3-3 series split with the Woodpeckers (10-19, 41-53).

Tyler Whitaker’s home run to start the second got things going as it was the first run of the game and broke a scoreless tie. Whitaker’s home run was also an inside-the-parker that landed just beyond the reach of Carolina’s right fielder Hendry Mendez. Mendez stumbled forward on the play away from the ball and into the wall align the right field line. Mendez was eventually removed from the game after sustaining an injury.

Down 1-0 after two, the Mudcats went on to score twice in the third with the first coming across on a double steal and the go-ahead coming on a RBI single from Leones. The Carolina lead then went from 2-1 to 3-1 in the fifth when a bases loaded wild pitch lost by newly inserted reliever Jayson Schroeder scored Ferrer from third.

Carolina was up 3-1 going in to the fifth before Cody Orr and Logan Cerny tallied consecutive hits off stater Alexander Cornielle. Cerny’s hit was an RBI single that scored Orr and cut the Carolina lead to 3-2.

Cornielle started for Carolina and went through five full innings with two runs (one earned) allowed on five hits. Cornielle left the game with the Mudcats up 3-2 and finished his start with six strikeouts against three walks.

After reliever Jeison Pena pitched a scoreless sixth, the Mudcats would then take a 4-2 lead in the seventh after Hedbert Perez singled, moved to third on a double from Oswal Leones and then scored on a RBI single from Eduarqui Fernandez.

The 4-2 Carolina lead, however, would be short-lived as Pena would go on to allow two Fayetteville runs in that same seventh while seeing the game lock up at 4-4. Pena allowed two runs and three this in the seventh, including a leadoff single to Orr, a double to Cerny and a two-run double to Whitaker.

The 4-4 tie held from the eighth through the ninth with Montero and Guerrero combining on two scoreless frames and six strikeouts for Carolina. Colton Gordon worked the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth for the Woodpeckers and allowed just one run on three hits. Jacob DeLabio pitched the tenth and allowed the go-ahead run on Chirinos’ double.

The Mudcats had lost three straight in the series before taking Sunday’s finale and leaving Fayetteville with a 3-3 series split.

Fayetteville: Alvarez, J (1, 5th inning off Segura, 0 on, 1 out).

Loperfido, J, DH (Fayetteville): 2-for-2, 0 R, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Alvarez, J, RF (Fayetteville): 2-for-3, 2 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Ramirez, Y, 2B (Fayetteville): 2-for-4, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Raabe, 2B (Carolina): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Mendez, RF (Carolina): 1-for-5, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Segura (Carolina): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
Jimenez (L, 3-5) (Carolina): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO
Bellozo (Fayetteville): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Ullola (W, 2-0) (Fayetteville): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO
Ford (S, 1) (Fayetteville): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO

Woodpeckers 2nd (Woodpeckers 1, Mudcats 0) -- Tyler Whitaker hits an inside-the-park home run to right field on a 3-2 pitch. Defensive Substitution: Hedbert Perez replaces right fielder Hendry Mendez, batting 1st, playing right field. Leosdany Molina grounds out, Alexander Cornielle to Jesus Chirinos. Yeuris Ramirez grounds out, Alberis Ferrer to Jesus Chirinos. Rainier Rivas grounds out, Luis Silva to Jesus Chirinos.
(1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB)

Mudcats 3rd (Mudcats 2, Woodpeckers 1) -- Luis Silva walks. Jheremy Vargas grounds into a force out, Leosdany Molina to Yeuris Ramirez, Luis Silva out at 2nd. Hedbert Perez singles to left-center field, Jheremy Vargas to 3rd. Hedbert Perez caught stealing 2nd base, Freddy Guilamo to Yeuris Ramirez, Jheremy Vargas scores. Alberis Ferrer singles to center field. Alberis Ferrer steals 2nd base. Oswal Leones singles through the hole at shortstop, Alberis Ferrer scores. Jesus Chirinos walks, Oswal Leones to 2nd. Eduarqui Fernandez grounds into a force out, Leosdany Molina to Yeuris Ramirez, Jesus Chirinos out at 2nd.
(2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)

Mudcats 5th (Mudcats 3, Woodpeckers 1) -- Defensive Substitution: Jose Alvarez replaces left fielder Rainier Rivas, batting 8th, playing left field. Hedbert Perez struck out looking. Alberis Ferrer walks. Oswal Leones walks, Alberis Ferrer to 2nd. Pitcher Change: Jayson Schroeder replaces Shea Barry. Jesus Chirinos walks, Alberis Ferrer to 3rd; Oswal Leones to 2nd. Wild pitch by Jayson Schroeder, Alberis Ferrer scores; Oswal Leones to 3rd; Jesus Chirinos to 2nd. Eduarqui Fernandez hit by pitch. Zack Raabe grounds into double play, Leosdany Molina to Yeuris Ramirez to Victor Mascai, Eduarqui Fernandez out at 2nd, Zack Raabe out at 1st.
(1 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)

Woodpeckers 5th (Mudcats 3, Woodpeckers 2) -- Cody Orr singles to deep shortstop. Logan Cerny singles to left field, Cody Orr scores; Logan Cerny to 2nd; fielding error by Oswal Leones. Justin Williams walks. Victor Mascai strikes out swinging. Tyler Whitaker flies into double play, Hedbert Perez to Jheremy Vargas to Alberis Ferrer, Logan Cerny out at 2nd.
(1 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 LOB)

Mudcats 7th (Mudcats 4, Woodpeckers 2) -- Hedbert Perez singles to right field. Alberis Ferrer flies out to Cody Orr. Oswal Leones doubles to left field, Hedbert Perez to 3rd. Jesus Chirinos strikes out swinging. Eduarqui Fernandez singles to shallow left field, Hedbert Perez scores; Oswal Leones to 3rd. Zack Raabe flies out to Logan Cerny.
(1 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)

Woodpeckers 7th (Mudcats 4, Woodpeckers 4) -- Cody Orr singles to left field. Logan Cerny hits a ground rule double to right field, Cody Orr to 3rd. Justin Williams walks. Jose Sibrian picks off Cody Orr at on throw to Luis Silva. Victor Mascai walks, Logan Cerny to 3rd; Justin Williams to 2nd. Tyler Whitaker doubles through the hole at shortstop, Logan Cerny scores; Justin Williams scores; Victor Mascai to 3rd. Leosdany Molina reaches on a fielder's choice out, Luis Silva to Jose Sibrian, Victor Mascai out at home. Yeuris Ramirez flies out to Eduarqui Fernandez.
(2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)

Mudcats 10th (Mudcats 5, Woodpeckers 4) -- Pitcher Change: Jacob DeLabio replaces Colton Gordon. Oswal Leones starts inning at 2nd base. Jesus Chirinos doubles to left-center field, Oswal Leones scores. Eduarqui Fernandez struck out looking. Zack Raabe grounds out, Leosdany Molina to Victor Mascai. Jose Sibrian singles to right field, Jesus Chirinos out at home on the throw, Cody Orr to Freddy Guilamo.
(1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)