SALEM, VA The Salem Red Sox got a strong start from Ryan Pressly to beat the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 in front of 2,515 on Saturday night at Lewis Gale Field. The Red Sox (11-9) are winners of four straight, while Carolina drops to 10-11.
[media-credit name="MiLB" align="alignright" width="300"][/media-credit]Pressly (1-0), who entered tonights game giving up more runs than innings pitched, held the Mudcats to two runs over six innings. He scattered three hits and struck out six.
For Mudcats starter Mike Rayl (2-3), the loss snaps a streak of three consecutive outings of allowing one run or less. The southpaw allowed three runs on six hits over five innings.
Mike Olmsted pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save.
Shawn Armstrong had another strong appearance for Carolina, The New Bern, N.C., native tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit. He struck out three.
Salem scored three runs in the first two innings thanks to timely hits. Xander Bogaerts drove in the first run with two outs in the opening frame. Jackie Bradley Jr. plated two with a double in the second inning for a 3-0 lead.
Carolina finally struck in the sixth inning. Delvi Cid walked and Tyler Holt singled to start the rally. A sacrifice moved the runners into scoring position. Giovanny Urshela brought home one on a groundout, and Holt later scored on a wild pitch.
Carolina will try to avoid a sweep against the Salem Red Sox Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Michael Goodnight (1-0) will start against Salem right-hander, Keith Couch (2-1). The Mudcats will be home against the Frederick Keys May 4-6. Tickets are available through the box office by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.