Mudcats fall to Wood Ducks in home finale
Posted on September 13, 2021
Raleigh native Noah Campbell had an RBI double for the Carolina Mudcats in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Kinston-based Down East Wood Ducks. Down East won 5-2 in Carolina’s final home game of 2021.
ZEBULON — Noah Campbell drove in two runs with a two-run double in the first, but the Wood Ducks went on to score five unanswered runs the rest of the way while defeating the Mudcats 5-2 in Carolina’s 2021 home finale on Sunday afternoon at Five-County Stadium.
Carolina (65-49) led 2-0 after getting Campbell’s RBI double in the first, but the Wood Ducks (68-46) went on to tie the game with a two-run home run from Randy Florentino in the second. Aaron Zavala then broke the tie with a solo home run in the third to lift Down East to a 3-2 lead. A run-scoring double from Cody Freeman made it 4-2 in the sixth and a solo home run from Thomas Saggese in the same frame made it 5-2.
Down East’s Owen White earned the victory after totaling 10 strikeouts over six innings pitched. Of his 10 punchouts, three came in the fifth after he allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning. The Wood Ducks led 3-2 at the time, but went up 5-2 shortly after his three strikeout inning. White (2-1, 3.51) scattered seven hits and allowed just the two first inning runs while winning his second straight start.
Brailin Rodriguez ended up with the loss after allowing three runs over three innings pitched. All three runs allowed by Rodriguez (0-1, 6.00) were allowed in on the homers by Freeman and Zavala. Rodriguez had allowed just one home run over his first 22 games dating back to the 2019 season before allowing two in Sunday’s loss.
Relievers Nate Peden and James Meeker followed Rodriguez, with Peden allowing two runs over three innings and Meeker turning in another scoreless appearance. Peden allowed the two sixth inning runs, but stayed in through the seventh before leaving in the eighth. Meeker then entered and left an inherited runner on base before working a scoreless ninth.
Meeker has now appeared in 10 games with the Mudcats and has still yet to allow an earned run. The right-handed throwing Meeker owns a 0.00 ERA over 15 innings with Carolina and has only allowed two unearned runs this season.
The loss dropped Carolina to three games behind the Wood Ducks in the Low-A East Central Division standings.
Carolina finished the home schedule at 40-20, but went 40-19 when playing at Five-County Stadium. The Mudcats had a postponement earlier in the year that forced them to play as the home team once in Fayetteville in late June. Carolina lost that game, thus resulting in its 40-20 mark at home in 2021.
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