Columbia 17 @ Carolina 8
September 02, 2022 | Venue : Five County Stadium | First pitch : 7:00 PM | Att : 3,812 | T : 3:16
COL: 0 0 0 3 0 3 3 8 0 17 15 2
CAR: 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 8 8 2
WP: Mason Barnett (1 - 0) LP: Arielbi Gonzalez (0 - 1)
ZEBULON – Jesus Chirinos and Jadher Areinamo both drove in two runs in the third, Hedbert Perez went 2-for-5 with two RBI, but Carolina Mudcats relievers Yujanyer Herrera, Arielbi Gonzalez and Yerlin Rodriguez lost a four run lead in the fifth while combining to allow 16 runs, 11 hits and 14 walks in Friday’s lopsided 17-8 loss to the visiting Columbia Fireflies at Five County Stadium.
Herrera was the first Carolina (31-27, 65-59) reliever to appear as he took over for starter Max Lazar in the third. Herrera walked seven, gave up six runs (five earned) with three in the fourth and three in the sixth. He also allowed five hits and struck out three over four innings. Gonzalez (0-1) worked just the one inning, but lost a 7-6 Carolina lead after giving up three runs, allowing three hits and walking three in the seventh. Rodriguez came out for the eighth and allowed seven runs on four walks and three hits. Rodriguez did not record an out in his appearance and left with two men on base while reaching 32 pitches (13 strikes).
Catcher Jesus Garcia took over as a pitcher in the eighth in place of Rodriguez and went on to finish both the eighth and ninth with only one run allowed on four hits. Garcia saw two inherited runners score, but overall faced just 11 batters while recording the final six outs of the game.
The Mudcats originally led 1-0 in the first when Eric Brown Jr. singled, moved to second on a force and stole third before scoring on a throwing error. The Carolina third then saw four more runs with Chirinos driving in two with his double and Areinamo bringing in two more with a two-out single.
The four run third had the Mudcats up 5-0, but the Fireflies (33-24, 51-72) came back with three in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-3. Herrera allowed all three runs in the fourth, but was given a 7-3 lead two work with as Carolina answered with two more runs in the fifth. Jace Avina tripled and scored on a double from Perez, and Alex Hall had a two-out RBI single in the fifth. Perez also had a RBI single in the ninth for the Mudcats.
Carolina’s elimination number fell to four with only eight games remaining this season.
Carolina’s 14 walks were a new season high and the most by Mudcats pitchers since the 2013 season (13 walks on 5/5/13).
TOP PERFORMERS - BATTERS:*
Perez, RF (Carolina): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Chirinos, 1B (Carolina): 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Areinamo, 3B (Carolina): 1-for-4, 2 RBI
Vazquez, SS (Columbia): 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI
Jensen, C (Columbia): 2-for-5, 3 R
Wallace, 3B (Columbia): 2-for-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Quintana, 1B (Columbia): 1-for-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
TOP PERFORMERS - PITCHERS:*
Lazar (Carolina): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Garcia, J (Carolina): 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Barnett (W, 1-0) (Columbia): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
McKeehan (Columbia): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
Mudcats 1st (Mudcats 1, Fireflies 0) -- Eric Brown Jr. singles to center field. Robert Moore grounds out, Lizandro Rodriguez to Guillermo Quintana, Eric Brown Jr. to 2nd. Eric Brown Jr. steals 3rd base, Eric Brown Jr. scores; fielding error by Cayden Wallace. Hendry Mendez struck out looking. Jesus Chirinos walks. Jesus Chirinos steals 2nd base. Luis Castillo walks. Jace Avina strikes out swinging.
(1 Runs, 1 Hits, 1 Errors, 2 LOB)
Mudcats 3rd (Mudcats 5, Fireflies 0) -- Robert Moore singles to right field. Hendry Mendez hit by pitch, Robert Moore to 2nd. Jesus Chirinos doubles to right-center field, Robert Moore scores; Hendry Mendez scores. Luis Castillo flies out to Gavin Cross. Jace Avina walks. Pitcher Change: Jack Aldrich replaces Ben Hernandez. Hedbert Perez grounds out to Guillermo Quintana, Jesus Chirinos to 3rd; Jace Avina to 2nd. Jadher Areinamo singles to right field, Jesus Chirinos scores; Jace Avina scores. Alex Hall grounds out, Cayden Wallace to Guillermo Quintana.
(4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)
Fireflies 4th (Mudcats 5, Fireflies 3) -- Gavin Cross grounds out to Jesus Chirinos. Carter Jensen walks. Cayden Wallace strikes out swinging. Lizandro Rodriguez walks, Carter Jensen to 2nd. Guillermo Quintana walks, Carter Jensen to 3rd; Lizandro Rodriguez to 2nd. Daniel Vazquez doubles to left field, Carter Jensen scores; Lizandro Rodriguez scores; Guillermo Quintana scores. Levi Usher strikes out swinging, Alex Hall to Jesus Chirinos.
(3 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)
Mudcats 5th (Mudcats 7, Fireflies 3) -- Luis Castillo grounds out, Guillermo Quintana to Jack Aldrich. Jace Avina triples to right-center field. Hedbert Perez doubles to right-center field, Jace Avina scores. Jadher Areinamo grounds out, Guillermo Quintana to Jack Aldrich, Hedbert Perez to 3rd. Alex Hall singles up the middle, Hedbert Perez scores. Eric Brown Jr. strikes out swinging.
(2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)
Fireflies 6th (Mudcats 7, Fireflies 6) -- Cayden Wallace singles to center field. Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Dayton Dooney replaces Lizandro Rodriguez. Dayton Dooney walks, Cayden Wallace to 2nd. Guillermo Quintana doubles to right-center field, Cayden Wallace scores; Dayton Dooney scores; Guillermo Quintana advances to 3rd on throwing error by Eric Brown Jr. Daniel Vazquez grounds out, Jadher Areinamo to Jesus Chirinos. Levi Usher strikes out swinging, Alex Hall to Jesus Chirinos. Javier Vaz walks. Wild pitch by Yujanyer Herrera, Guillermo Quintana scores; Javier Vaz to 2nd. Omar Hernandez lines out to Robert Moore.
(3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 LOB)
Fireflies 7th (Fireflies 9, Mudcats 7) -- Pitcher Change: Arielbi Gonzalez replaces Yujanyer Herrera. Gavin Cross singles to right field. Carter Jensen singles to right-center field, Gavin Cross to 3rd. Cayden Wallace doubles to left-center field, Gavin Cross scores; Carter Jensen scores. Dayton Dooney walks. Guillermo Quintana flies out to Jace Avina. Cayden Wallace steals 3rd base, Dayton Dooney steals 2nd base. Daniel Vazquez walks. Levi Usher lines out to Jadher Areinamo. Javier Vaz walks, Cayden Wallace scores; Dayton Dooney to 3rd; Daniel Vazquez to 2nd. Omar Hernandez strikes out swinging.
(3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 3 LOB)
Fireflies 8th (Fireflies 17, Mudcats 7) -- Pitcher Change: Yerlin Rodriguez replaces Arielbi Gonzalez. Gavin Cross walks. Carter Jensen singles through the hole at second base, Gavin Cross to 3rd. Carter Jensen steals 2nd base. Wild pitch by Yerlin Rodriguez, Gavin Cross scores; Carter Jensen to 3rd. Cayden Wallace walks. Dayton Dooney walks, Cayden Wallace to 2nd. Carter Jensen scores on a balk; Cayden Wallace advances to 3rd on a balk; Dayton Dooney advances to 2nd on a balk. Guillermo Quintana walks. Daniel Vazquez singles to left-center field, Cayden Wallace scores; Dayton Dooney to 3rd; Guillermo Quintana to 2nd. Levi Usher singles up the middle, Dayton Dooney scores; Guillermo Quintana scores; Daniel Vazquez to 2nd. Pitcher Change: Jesus Garcia replaces Yerlin Rodriguez. Javier Vaz doubles to right field, Daniel Vazquez scores; Levi Usher to 3rd. Omar Hernandez singles up the middle, Levi Usher scores; Javier Vaz to 3rd. Gavin Cross singles to right field, Javier Vaz scores; Omar Hernandez to 2nd. Carter Jensen lines out to Jace Avina. Cayden Wallace pops out to Robert Moore on the infield fly rule. Dayton Dooney singles to left field, Omar Hernandez to 3rd; Gavin Cross to 2nd. Guillermo Quintana pops out to Jesus Chirinos.
(8 Runs, 7 Hits, 0 Errors, 3 LOB)
Mudcats 9th (Fireflies 17, Mudcats 8) -- Kyle Hayes remains in the game as the designated hitter. Hendry Mendez grounds out to Guillermo Quintana. Jesus Chirinos walks. Luis Castillo strikes out swinging. Jace Avina hit by pitch, Jesus Chirinos to 2nd. Hedbert Perez singles to right-center field, Jesus Chirinos scores; Jace Avina to 2nd.
(1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)