Zebulon, N.C. – Despite early home runs by both teams on Thursday night, the Carolina Mudcats took the four-game series over the Potomac Nationals with a 4-1 win.
In the first inning, Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor worked the count to full before he hit a home run over the left-center field wall and pushed the score to 1-0. Mudcats centerfielder Tyler Naquin countered the early Nationals home run with a homer over the scoreboard and evened up the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.
Following up his home run from the first inning, Naquin picked up a ground-rule double after his fly ball down the left field line fell fair and bounced into the stands. He scored from second on the next pitch after shortstop Francisco Lindor singled in to right field, giving the Mudcats a 2-1 advantage.
A pitchout caught Lindor stealing second for the first out of the inning. After right fielder Jordan Smith got his second single of the game, he was thrown out trying to get to second to...