Mike Rayl and the Carolina Mudcats shut out the Wilmington Blue Rocks 1-0 in front of 3,012 on Wednesday afternoon at Frawley Stadium.
Rayl (1-2) earned his first win by tossing six-and-two-thirds of scoreless baseball. The lefty scattered three hits and struck out four.
Jose Flores pitched the ninth inning for his second save. With runners at first and second and one out, Flores got a come-backer he turned into a double play to end the game.
Blue Rocks starter Jason Adam (0-1) was equally impressive. The right-hander, ranked the No. 8 prospect in the Kansas City Royals farm system, pitched his longest outing the season. He allowed one unearned run over seven-and-two-thirds innings, giving up five hits, walking three, and striking out five.
The only run Adam allowed proved costly for Wilmington, however. Leading off the fourth inning, Tyler Holt was safe on fielding error. The speedy center fielder stole second and third base. With two outs, Jesus Aguilar punched a single past third base to score the only run. Aguilar finished the outing 2-for-4.
J.D. Reichenbach pitched a scoreless inning-and-a-third for the Mudcats.