Morimando Shines as Mudcats Snap Skid

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By Darren Headrick / Carolina Mudcats (919-269-2287/mudcatsradio@carolinamudcats.com)

Zebulon, N.C. – The Carolina Mudcats used a fantastic start by Shawn Morimando to snap a five-game losing streak, and defeated the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-1 on Thursday night at Five County Stadium.

Morimando (1-1) picked up the win in his best start of the year. The southpaw tossed six scoreless innings, struck out three, and gave up only four hits. The Mudcats (6-7) did not walk a hitter until the ninth inning.

Myrtle Beach dropped to 6-7 with the loss. Start Jerad Eickhoff (1-2) was brushed up for five runs on three hits over five innings. Miscues by the Pelicans surrendered three unearned runs in the second inning to Eickhoff’s final line.

The Mudcats opened the scoring in the first when Tyler Naquin reached to begin the frame after the center fielder was hit by a pitch. Francisco Lindor doubled, his first of two hits, to put runners at second and third. Jordan Smith drove in Naquin with a fly ball to center for a 1-0 lead. Lindor stole third, his Carolina League-leading sixth stolen base, and scored on a single by Jerrud Sabourin.

In the pivotal third frame, Charlie Valerio reached on an error when first baseman Trever Adams dropped a relay from Rougned Odor at second. Todd Hankins was hit by a pitch to put two on with one out. Justin Toole hit a high chop to second, and Odor’s throw sailed wide into foul territory.

The error allowed Valerio to score for a 3-0 advantage. Hankins and Toole advanced into scoring position. A grounder to short by Naquin scored Hankins, and Toole raced home on a wild pitch for a 5-0 Mudcats lead.

Carolina held the advantage until the ninth, when Myrtle Beach attempted one last rally. Chris Grayson got a lucky hop over first, and was ruled safe at second on a controversial call. Following his double, Luis Sardinas laced a two-bagger off the right field wall.

With two in scoring position, reliever Enosil Tejeda struck out two in a row, but a passed ball off Valerio scored Grayson to break-up the shutout. The Pelicans managed to load the bases with a hit batter and a walk, but a pop-out to Hankins at second ended the game.

The Mudcats continue their four-game series with Myrtle Beach Friday night at 7:15 p.m. Every Friday home game is “Fireworks Friday” presented by Carolina Ford Dealers. Right-hander Will Roberts throws against the Pelicans’ Alec Asher. Tickets can be purchased by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.

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