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Friday, August 6, 2010

Huntsville tops Mudcats in last at-bat again to win four of five in series

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Caleb Gindl’s two-run double with two out in the ninth gave the Huntsville Stars a 6-5 win over the visiting Carolina Mudcats and their fourth victory in the completed five-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltThe series was a tough one for the Mudcats, who are in third place in the Southern League’s North Division and were already behind second-place Huntsville when it started. Eddie Morlan (2-2) was the winning pitcher while Brad Boxberger (1-2) took the loss. Dave Sappelt homered and doubled for the Mudcats while Devin Mesoraco added a three-run homer. The Mudcats...

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Extra-innings encore as Huntsville takes series from Mudcats

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Dayton Buller’s homer with one out in the 13th gave the Huntsville Stars a 5-3 decision over the Carolina Mudcats and their third win in the first four games of their five-game series. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltThree of the four games have gone to extra innings. Chris Cody (6-7) was the winning pitcher while Lee Tabor (3-1) took the loss. Luis Terrero had a two-run homer in the ninth for Carolina while Dave Sappelt doubled and singled. Brett Lawrie tripled and doubled with an RBI for Huntsville. The Mudcats return home Saturday night against...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mudcats score two in 10th to top host Huntsville

Posted By on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Brandon Yarbrough singled home the go-ahead run and then scored the insurance run in the extra inning, helping the Carolina Mudcats break their two-game slide with a 10-9 road victory over the Huntsville Stars in 10 innings. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Brandon YarbroughEric Eymann led the Mudcats with a triple and two singles for four RBI, while Dave Sappelt added a double and a single and scored three runs. Brad Boxberger (1-1) was the winning pitcher while Federico Baez added his fourth save. Jim Henderson (4-4) took the loss. Taylor Green had a grand slam for...

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nowak carries big bat as Huntsville tops Mudcats again

Posted By on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM

The Carolina Mudcats’ road series with the Huntsville Stars is not off to a good start. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltChris Nowak homered and doubled for three RBI, helping the Stars to a 10-2 victory and two wins in as many games in the five-game series. Mark Rogers (5-7) was the winning pitcher while James Avery (0-1) took the loss. Dave Sappelt led the Mudcats with a triple and a single and knocked in both Carolina runs. The Mudcats’ next home game is Saturday night against the Chattanooga Lookouts....

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Team effort gets Mudcats a victory over Jacksonville

Posted By on Sun, Aug 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the finale of the Carolina Mudcats’ five-game series with the Jacksonville Suns that constitutes the entire homestand. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioJacksonville has already claimed the series after two straight victories. The Mudcats are four games out of the lead in the Southern League’s North Division, while first-half champion Jacksonville is just half a game out in the South. At game time there are nothing but clouds in the sky, the second day of a welcome change from a long period of hot weather. Mudcats ace lefty Tom Cochran (7-5) is...

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mitchell bites old team again as Jacksonville tops Mudcats

Posted By on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 10:24 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are hosting the Jacksonville Suns in Game 4 of their most recent five-game series, and they’ll need a pair of wins to emerge victorious in the set. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Kris NegronThe Suns, winners of the first half in the Southern League’s South Division, are a game and a half out of their division lead while the Mudcats are three games out in the North. There’s no hole in the clouds in the sky, and there’s a light, steady rain but no tarp on the field at game time....

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Mudcats lose a tough one, Mesoraco gets a concussion

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 11:48 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 3 of yet another Carolina Mudcats series with the Jacksonville Suns, and so far the wins are at one apiece. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Chris DenoveBoth teams are in the thick of their second-half races, as the Mudcats are two games out of first in the Southern League’s North Division while first-half champion Jacksonville is 1½ out in the South. Tonight’s big promotion is mascot Muddy’s birthday, and his counterparts from the Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, Carolina Railhawks, N.C. State, Charlotte Knights, Winston-Salem Dash and WilsonTobs are in the...

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sappelt, Castro spark Mudcats in ninth to beat Jacksonville

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:51 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 2 of yet another series between the host Carolina Mudcats and the Jacksonville Suns, and once again it’s very important to both teams. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jose CastroThe Mudcats are just two games out of first in the Southern League’s North Division, while the Suns — who won their division in the first half — are just half a game out in the South. It should be a pretty good pitchers’ duel, as Matt Fairel (5-3) takes the hill for the Mudcats against league victory leader Tom Koehler (12-2). And...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Martinez' big night lifts Jacksonville over Mudcats

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 11:15 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats return for the opener of a five-game home set against — surprise! — the Jacksonville Suns. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Mike CostanzoThe Southern League’s two easternmost squads aren’t even in the same division, but they’ll play each other 31 times this season. The Mudcats come in two games out of the lead in the North Division while the Suns — managed by former Mudcats infielder and N.C. State assistant coach Tim Leiper — are half a game out in the South after winning the first half. Fortunately for both teams...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Eight-run second sparks Montgomery over Mudcats

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM

The Carolina Mudcats are taking a long bus ride home. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltDrew Anderson, Leslie Anderson and Chris De La Cruz all homered off Mudcats ace Tom Cochran during an eight-run second inning, leading the Montgomery Biscuits to an 11-4 win over the Mudcats in the finale of their five-game series. The Mudcats will get Tuesday off before beginning a five-game home series against the Jacksonville Suns on Wednesday night. Drew Anderson finished with three hits including a double and two RBI. Justin Garcia (3-2) was the winning pitcher. Only two of the...

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mudcats get easy win at Montgomery to take series

Posted By on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Felix Perez had three hits including a double and scored twice, leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-1 road win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollThe victory was Carolina’s third out of four games in the five-game set that ends Monday night, pulling the Mudcats to within half a game of first-place Tennessee in the Southern League’s North Division. Scott Carroll (3-5) was the winning pitcher, going six innings and allowing the run on four hits with four strikeouts against a pair of walks. Alex Cobb (4-4) took the loss....

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Montgomery's ninth-inning rally tops Mudcats

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Emeel Salem’s infield hit with one out in the ninth brought home the winning run for the Montgomery Biscuits in their 6-5 decision over the visiting Carolina Mudcats on Saturday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Sean HenryThe win was the Biscuits’ first in three games in the current five-game series, giving the decision to Dane De La Rosa (7-2). Jerry Gil (3-5) took the loss. Leslie Anderson led Montgomery with a homer and two singles for two RBI. Sean Henry’s double and two singles with an RBI led the Mudcats....

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Fairel gets first career complete game as Mudcats roll

Posted By on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 1:03 AM

Matt Fairel fired his first career complete game while Luis Terrero went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 5-0 road win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Friday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt FairelThe start of the game was delayed an hour and 42 minutes by rain. The Mudcats remain a game behind the Tennessee Smokies in the Southern League's North Division. Fairel (5-3) won his fourth straight start, striking out five and walking just one in the four-hitter. Sean Henry and Jake Kahaulelio each homered in the Mudcats’ 12-hit...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mudcats pour 18 hits on Montgomery in opener

Posted By on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Luis Terrero and Dave Sappelt each had three hits including a double with three RBI, pacing an 18-hit attack as the Carolina Mudcats topped the host Montgomery Biscuits 11-6 on Thursday night. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltJake Kahaulelio homered and singled while Kris Negron added a solo shot for the Mudcats, helping Travis Webb (5-6) pick up the victory in the opener of their five-game series. Devin Mesoraco had four hits for Carolina. Leslie Anderson homered and singled for the Biscuits. Jake McGee (2-6) was the losing pitcher....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sands' homer gives Chattanooga split with Mudcats

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Jerry Sands made sure his first series against his hometown Carolina Mudcats would be a memorable one. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Tom CochranThe Smithfield-Selma High alumnus ripped a solo homer in the sixth inning, giving Chattanooga the eventual winning run in a hot 3-2 result at Five County Stadium that gave the Lookouts a split of their four-game series. Jon Huber (2-1) was the winning pitcher in relief. Mudcats starter Tom Cochran (7-4) took the loss, going five innings and allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts against four walks. Felix Perez led Carolina...

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Lookouts pound Mudcats to end their losing streak

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 11:17 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s Game 3 of the Carolina Mudcats’ four-game home set with the Chattanooga Lookouts, and the home team is starting to think about a sweep. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollThe Mudcats are back tied for first place in the Southern League’s North Division as they go into the 25th game of the second half, while Chattanooga hasn’t won a game in a week. Game time temperature is reasonable in the high 80s, a brief respite for what is apparently going to happen later this week. Scott Carroll (2-4) will take the hill...

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tabor, Mudcats hold off Lookouts again to keep pace in division race

Posted By on Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 6:05 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the second of the Carolina Mudcats’ four-game home set with the Chattanooga Lookouts, and it’s going to be a hot one. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Lee TaborThe Mudcats have some momentum going in, having won Saturday night’s opener to end a three-game losing streak, and they’re just a game out of first in the Southern League’s North Division. Chattanooga is trying to end a six-game losing streak. The home team is colorful today, with pink and black stripes on its jerseys as part of a breast cancer awareness promotion. The horizontal stripe...

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mudcats take big early lead, hold on to get Fairel the win

Posted By on Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 11:08 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON There’s a new cast of characters on the visiting team tonight as the Chattanooga Lookouts visit the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Matt FairelThe Mudcats were certainly glad to see the Montgomery Biscuits depart after Friday’s game, as the Biscuits had won all three games of the series by a total of four runs and knocked Carolina out of first place in the Southern League’s North Division. Carolina comes in a game out of first place, taking on a Lookouts team that is on a five-game losing streak....

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Eldridge's 10th-inning hit gives Montgomery sweep of Mudcats

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 11:49 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON It’s the finale of the Carolina Mudcats’ three-game road series with the Montgomery Biscuits, and the home team is playing for both momentum and pride. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Travis WebbMontgomery has won the first two in the series, giving the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm club a share of first place in the Southern League’s South Division and putting the Mudcats a game out of the lead in the North. It’s still hot as usual but not oppressive, and there’s the usual big Friday night crowd in the house in anticipation of post-game...

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ashley hits early, late as Montgomery tops Mudcats

Posted By on Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 10:57 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are home again tonight for the second of their three-game series with the Montgomery Biscuits, and they’ll try to regain a little bit of their momentum. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats catcher Devin MesoracoMontgomery won the teams’ first game after the All-Star Break on Wednesday night, snapping Carolina’s three-game winning streak and leaving the Mudcats tied with the Huntsville Stars atop the Southern League’s North Division. The Biscuits are a game behind the first-place Mississippi Braves in the South. As per usual it is “Thirsty Thursday,” and there’s a decent crowd in...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mudcats win the hit parade, but Montgomery scores more runs

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 10:57 PM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats are home for the first time since July 3, and they’re alone in first place in the Southern League’s North Division. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollOnce again it’s hot but not unbearable as the Mudcats begin their three-game series with the Montgomery Biscuits. Montgomery is, of course, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, and in the normal progression players who are promoted become Durham Bulls. If there’s another sports team anywhere whose colors are listed as “Butter and Blue,” I certainly haven’t heard of it. The Mudcats...

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Mudcat Sappelt's double helps North win SL All-Star Game

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Dave Sappelt had an RBI double while fellow Carolina Mudcat Sean Henry also had a hit, helping the North to a 3-2 victory over the South in the Southern League All-Star Game on Monday night in Huntsville. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats outfielder Dave SappeltMudcats teammates Jake Kahaulelio and Mike Costanzo also played for the North. The Southern League and all of Minor League Baseball will have Tuesday night off for the Major League All-Star Game. The Mudcats will return home on Wednesday night to take on the Montgomery Biscuits....

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bulls can't catch Tides, who avoid sweep with 5-4 win

Posted By on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

The Durham Bulls’ rallied too late Sunday, dropping a 5-4 road decision to the Norfolk Tides to see their four-game winning streak snapped. Photo courtesy Durham BullsBulls outfielder Justin RuggianoDurham leads the second-place Charlotte Knights by nine games headed into the All-Star Break. Robert Andino led the Tides with three hits for two RBI, while Matt Angle added a two hits with an RBI and Blake Davis a double and a single. Justin Ruggiano had a three-run homer in the ninth for the Bulls. Armando Gabino (5-0) was the winning pitcher for Norfolk while Dennis Sarfate earned his 11th save....

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Win puts Mudcats in first place, victorious Bulls remain on a roll

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 11:41 PM

The Carolina Mudcats aren’t just in first place in the Southern League’s North Division now. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats infielder Jake KahaulelioHeaded into the All-Star Break, they’re there all by themselves. Jake Kahaulelio homered and singled for two RBI, leading the visiting Mudcats’ 15-hit attack in a 9-1 rout of the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx on Saturday night. The Durham Bulls were also winners, topping the Norfolk Tides 5-3 on the road. The Bulls will look for sweep of the four-game, two-city series with the Tides in the finale of the current series on Sunday afternoon at...

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Carroll, Sappelt lead Mudcats past West Tenn and into first place

Posted By on Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 12:08 AM

The Carolina Mudcats are tied for first place. Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina MudcatsMudcats pitcher Scott CarrollScott Carroll pitched a season-long eight innings to get the victory and Dave Sappelt found three different ways to drive in runs as the Mudcats beat the homestanding West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 3-1 on Friday night. The win improved the Mudcats to 10-8 in the second half, tying them for first place with the Chattanooga Lookouts for first place atop the Southern League’s North Division. Carolina is 4-2 on its current road trip, guaranteeing a winning swing with only Saturday’s game remaining before...

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