SALEM – For the second straight night, the Carolina Mudcats allowed the Salem Red Sox to jump out to a big early lead, but rallied to eventually tie the game before finally losing a heartbreaker 10-9 on Tuesday night. The loss drops Carolina (29-27, 51-75) 2.5 games behind Salem for the final wildcard spot.
Carolina threatened for the final time in the ninth inning. Center fielder Logan Vick and right fielder Jordan Smith led off the inning with back-to-back walks, and both moved into scoring position when a wild pitch was thrown to second baseman Joey Wendle.
Wendle grounded out to bring home Vick to pull the Mudcats within one and advance Smith to third base. However, back-to-back strikeouts by third baseman Paddy Matera and left fielder Bryson Myles cut the rally short to end the game.
Starting pitcher Cole Cook took the mound for the Mudcats and struggled from the beginning, much like right-handerRobert Whitenack did the night before. Over two plus innings pitched, Cook ga...