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Friday, September 3, 2010

Mudcats beat division champ Tennessee 5-4 in 10

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Denis Phipps singled home Jake Kahaulelio with nobody out in the 10th, giving the Carolina Mudcats a 5-4 win over the visiting Tennessee Smokies in the opener of their season-ending four-game series at Five County Stadium. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Denis PhippsKahaulelio had doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third in Brandon Yarbrough’s single. The result gave the win to Ruben Medina (4-1), while Esmalin Caridad (0-1) took the loss. Phipps also had a double for Carolina. Felix Perez led the Mudcats at the plate with three hits including a homer for two...

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Mudcats head home after suffering second straight shutout

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 12:47 AM

The Carolina Mudcats are having one more long, last bus ride back to Zebulon this season. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioRicky Brooks (1-3) tied his career high of eight strikeouts in five innings, leading the Birmingham Barons over the visiting Mudcats 8-0 Thursday night in Carolina’s final road game of the year. Daryl Thompson (0-5) took the loss. Eduardo Escobar led Birmingham with a homer and a single and scored three times, while Josh Phegley also homered for the winners. Jake Kahaulelio and Felix Perez each had a pair of hits for Carolina, which was...

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mudcats on wrong end of one-hitter, but Sappelt is named SL's MVP

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 12:03 AM

With three of their top players departed on a Sept. 1 callup to Louisville, the Carolina Mudcats dropped a 5-0 road decision to the Birmingham Barons on Wednesday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsFormer Mudcats outfielder Dave SappeltCarolina got just one hit in the game as Charles Leesman (5-2) picked up the win for Birningham. Cole Armstrong homered for the Barons. Travis Webb (6-9) took the loss despite a quality start, going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts against two walks. Gone to help the Bats in their playoff chase are outfielder...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kahaulelio goes deep as Mudcats blast Birmingham

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Jake Kahaulelio’s three-run homer was the biggest blow as the Carolina Mudcats beat the host Birmingham Barons 9-4 in the opener of their three-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioChris Denove led Carolina at the plate with three hits and two RBI. James Avery (2-3) was the winning pitcher, while Angel Garcia (1-5) took the loss. John Shelby homered and singled with two RBI for the Barons. The Mudcats return home Friday night for the opener of their four-game season-ending series with the Tennessee Smokies....

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Mudcats' series finale at Mississippi is canceled

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM

The Carolina Mudcats’ scheduled road game with the Mississippi Braves was canceled by heavy rains on Monday night. The Mudcats will continue their road trip on Tuesday night with the opener of a three-game series at Birmingham. Carolina will return home Friday night to take on the Tennessee Smokies in the opener of a season-ending four-game series....

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bulls set Triple-A victory mark, Mudcats' August woes continue

Posted By on Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 9:58 PM

The Durham Bulls finally got their Triple-A victory record. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Chris RichardChris Richard’s three-run homer in the seventh broke a tie and completed the scoring Sunday afternoon, as the Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak to beat the homestanding Charlotte Knights 8-5 for their 84th win of the season. But it wasn’t as good a day for the Carolina Mudcats, who dropped a 6-2 road decision to the Mississippi Braves. The Bulls’ two-city, five-game set with the Knights continues on Monday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Mudcats have one more game at Mississippi, then...

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mudcats prevail, Bulls fall in extra-inning drama-fests

Posted By on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 11:57 PM

Talk about extra-inning drama. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Tom CochranThe Carolina Mudcats survived a tying three-run rally in the ninth, scratching out a run on a wild pitch in the 10th to take a 4-3 win over the homestanding Mississippi Braves. Things didn’t finish quite as well for the Durham Bulls, who dropped a 3-1 road decision to the Charlotte Knights in 11 innings. The Bulls will visit Charlotte again Sunday before playing the last three games of the two-city series in Durham beginning Monday night. The Mudcats will take on Mississippi twice more, then move...

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Host Braves take squeakers from Bulls, Mudcats on the same night

Posted By on Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 1:55 AM

With the Durham Bulls’ position in the Governors’ Cup Playoffs clinched and the Carolina Mudcats already eliminated from the Southern League playoff race, both of the Triangle’s pro baseball teams lost one-run games to Atlanta Braves organization teams on the road Friday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Angel ChavezThe Gwinnett Braves finished a two-game series sweep by scoring three in the ninth to beat the Bulls 4-3, the first time in 70 games Durham had blown a ninth-inning lead to lose. And the Mudcats lost to the Mississippi Braves 3-2 in the opener of their three-game set. Durham now...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Denove's big night helps Mudcats end homestand on a high note

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the finale of the Carolina Mudcats’ homestand and their three-game series with the Birmingham Barons, and they’re trying to salvage some pride with a victory. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Chris DenoveThe Mudcats were already tagged with a dubious distinction on Tuesday night, becoming the first team eliminated from Southern League Playoff contention. Birmingham has the worst record in the league, but its “tragic number” is at four for elimination from the race in the South Division. With all that said, it’s a beautiful 79-degree night for baseball as James Avery (0-3) takes...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mudcats fall 5-4 to lose series, any shot at the playoffs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 10:54 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats take on the Birmingham Barons in the second of a three-game series, and at this point in the season it’s a battle of also-rans. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Travis WebbThe Mudcats need a win to hold off their inevitable elimination from the playoff chase in the Southern League’s North Division, while Birmingham has been the league’s worst team since April. Tonight’s game is going to be played under very cool — 76 degrees — temperatures by recent standards, under plenty of clouds and a continuing threat of rain. Southpaw Travis...

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Bulls win eighth straight, Mudcats could face elimination tonight

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 12:35 AM

The Durham Bulls may have clinched their fourth straight playoff spot last week, but their momentum hasn’t slowed a bit. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Elliot JohnsonElliot Johnson had three hits and scored twice Monday afternoon as the Bulls beat the host Norfolk Tides 8-4 for their eighth straight victory. The win left the Bulls (82-47) one game shy of tying the club’s Triple-A single-season victory mark with 14 games left in the season. Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats moved to the brink of elimination in the Southern League’s North Division race, their “tragic number” falling to two with a 9-5...

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chavez leads Bulls to seventh straight, Mudcats-Mobile canceled

Posted By on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Angel Chavez had a homer and three singles for three RBI, leading the Durham Bulls to a 9-8 decision over the host Norfolk Tides on Sunday for Durham’s seventh straight victory. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Angel ChavezMeanwhile the Carolina Mudcats’ home game with the Mobile BayBears was rained out and canceled. Carolina will continue its homestand with the first of three games against the Birmingham Barons on Monday night. The Bulls will play the last of their five games in Norfolk on Monday before returning home on Tuesday for the first of their final two against the Tides....

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mudcats extend PDC with Reds before loss, Bulls win sixth straight game

Posted By on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 11:46 PM

The Carolina Mudcats fell short in a pitchers’ duel on Saturday, but the organization announced some big news.Carolina, which has been the Cincinnati Reds’ Double-A affiliate for the past two seasons, has had its Player Development Contract with the organization extended for two seasons. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Kris NegronBut the Mobile BayBears spoiled the party at Five County Stadium with a 2-1 victory. Meanwhile the Durham Bulls had a better outcome in their pitchers’ duel at Norfolk, winning 1-0 to claim their sixth straight win....

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Bulls clinch fourth straight division crown, Mudcats get a win against Mobile

Posted By on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 1:12 AM

The Durham Bulls have clinched their fourth straight division championship. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder Chris RichardRocco Baldelli homered and doubled for both RBI, leading the defending Triple-A National Champion Bulls to a 3-1 road win over the Norfolk Tides on Friday night and yet another title in the International League’s South Division. Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats fought back against the Mobile BayBears, taking a 6-4 victory on a fireworks night at Five County Stadium. Durham’s next five games are also at Norfolk, with the final two of the odd seven-game series at home on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The...

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Bulls could clinch another division title tonight, Mudcats fall to Mobile again

Posted By on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 12:10 AM

The Durham Bulls may be one night away from another title in the International League’s South Division. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder J.J. FurmaniakLeslie Anderson had his first Triple-A homer, leading the Bulls to an 8-6 road win over the Norfolk Tides and cutting their magic number to two to clinch the title. Meanwhile the Carolina Mudcats moved a step closer to their inevitable elimination, falling 6-1 at home to the Mobile BayBears. Game 2 of the Bulls’ seven-game, two-city series with the Tides is tonight in Norfolk, while the Mudcats will host Game 3 of their series against Mobile....

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mudcats fall hard as Mobile wins big in a rainy opener

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 12:56 AM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats return to start an eight-game homestand, the first five of which are against the Mobile BayBears. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Kris NegronIt’s the first visit here this season by the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate, which is still in the thick of the race in the Southern League’s South Division. Mobile trails the first-place Jacksonville Suns by 1 ½ games in the division race, and is also currently in position to claim the division’s “wild card” second-chance spot if it finishes second in the division. The Mudcats would need a titanic miracle...

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bulls' magic number falls to five, Mudcats' catcher Mesoraco to Louisville

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 11:32 PM

The Durham Bulls moved another step closer to clinching a playoff spot Tuesday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Richard De Los SantosRichard De Los Santos (13-4) tied the club’s Triple-A victory mark while Elliot Johnson went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers as the Bulls topped the homestanding Charlotte Knights 6-2. The result dropped the Bulls’ magic number to five to clinch the championship in the International League’s South Division. Johnson, who has 10 homers on the season, added a double and finished the night with three RBI. Jeffrey Marquez (8-7) took the loss for Charlotte. The three-game series...

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Bulls' magic number down to seven, Mudcats snap losing streak

Posted By on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 11:45 PM

The Durham Bulls moved one step closer to a playoff spot, while the Carolina Mudcats ended a road series on a good note Monday night. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls infielder J.J. FurmaniakJ.J. Furmaniak hit a two-run homer, his first round-tripper of the season, and Chris Richard added a two-run homer of his own as the Bulls topped Charlotte 8-7. And the Mudcats banged out 13 hits to beat the Jacksonville Suns 3-2. The Mudcats will have Tuesday night off, then return home Wednesday for the opener of a five-game set with the Mobile BayBears. The Bulls will play their second...

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mudcats victims of shortened no-hitter, Bulls kick it around in defeat

Posted By on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Sunday was another tough day on the road for both of the Triangle’s pro baseball teams, but it was a lot tougher for the Carolina Mudcats than the Durham Bulls. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls pitcher Brian BakerElih Villanueva didn’t give up a hit and picked up the victory as the Jacksonville Suns nipped the Mudcats 1-0 in a game shortened by rain after 4 ½ innings. And the Durham Bulls committed a season-worst four errors in a 4-1 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. It may not matter a lot to the Bulls, whose magic number to clinch the International League’s...

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Bulls gain a split while Mudcats squelch losing streak

Posted By on Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Saturday was a good night on the road for the Triangle’s pro baseball teams, as the Durham Bulls moved one notch closer to another title in the International League South while the Carolina Mudcats ended a five-game losing streak. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Desmond JenningsThe Bulls split a doubleheader with the Gwinnett Braves, falling 4-1 and then winning 6-2, while the Mudcats rolled to a 6-1 win over the Jacksonville Suns. The Mudcats will play two more games in Jacksonville before returning home Wednesday night against the Mobile BayBears. Durham’s next home game is Aug. 24 against the Norfolk...

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Bulls, Mudcats both succumb on the road

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:26 PM

It was a rough night all around for the Triangle’s two pro baseball teams. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder J.J. FurmaniakBut while it seemed to be just a blip en route to yet another division title for the Durham Bulls, the Carolina Mudcats are just about toast. The Bulls lost a 4-3 decision in the opener of their road series with the Gwinnett Braves while the Mudcats lost to the host Jacksonville Suns 7-2 and fell 9 ½ games out of first place. Carolina’s next home game will be on Wednesday night against the Mobile BayBears, while Durham is on...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chattanooga evens series with 12-10 win in just nine innings and 3:46

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 11:54 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 4 of the Carolina Mudcats’ latest five-game series with the Chattanooga Lookouts, and both teams are getting into must-win situations. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Devin MesoracoThe Mudcats are tied for third in the Southern League’s North Division, seven games behind the first-place Tennessee Smokies, while the Lookouts are in last place 9 ½ games out. The heat goes on, as it’s 93 degrees at game time and the crowd is going to be small. Scott Carroll (3-6) is on the hill for Carolina, while Chris Withrow (3-8) pitches for Chattanooga. It’s...

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Chattanooga jumps on Mudcats early in 5-4 victory

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 11:05 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 3 of the Carolina Mudcats’ series with the familiar Chattanooga Lookouts, and so far this week the Mudcats have had their way. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt KlinkerThey’re currently sitting in third place in the Southern League’s North Division, six games behind first-place Tennessee, while Chattanooga is 9 ½ out. It’s 89 degrees at first pitch as Mudcats ace right-hander Matt Klinker (5-5) takes on the Lookouts’ Jesus Castillo (4-6). Mudcats outfielder Luis Terrero is serving Game 2 of his five-game suspension for charging the mound in Saturday night’s brawl, while...

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Costanzo's homer in 10th gives Mudcats second straight win

Posted By on Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Mike Costanzo ripped a two-run homer to right with nobody out in the 10th, giving the Carolina Mudcats an 8-6 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts at Five County Stadium. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Mike CostanzoIt was their second in as many games in the current five-game series. Jeremy Horst (3-2) was the winning pitcher while Cole St. Clair took the loss. Costanzo also doubled and singled and scored twice to lead Carolina’s 12-hit attack. Brandon Yarbrough doubled and singled with two RBI for Carolina while Kris Negron chipped in three hits. Kyle Russell homered and singled...

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mudcats fight off Chattanooga 7-2; five including four Lookouts ejected after melee

Posted By on Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 10:17 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are back in town for a five-game set against the Chattanooga Lookouts, beginning with tonight’s 22nd battle against the Dodgers’ affiliate this season. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltIt’s only 87 degrees at first pitch, which is practically indicating a cold snap. There’s a good crowd in the house, and the mascot “Reggy” is on hand to entertain. Both teams need victories, as there’s less than a month left in the season and the Mudcats are six games out of the lead in the Southern League’s North Division and the...

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