Henry's single finishes ninth-inning rally as Mudcats dump Mississippi | Sports
Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Henry's single finishes ninth-inning rally as Mudcats dump Mississippi

Posted by on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 12:33 AM

FIVE COUNTY STADIUM/ZEBULON The Carolina Mudcats got a day of rest after winning their home series against the Huntsville Stars, and tonight we’ll see whether or not that was good for their momentum.

Mudcats outfielder Sean Henry
  • Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina Mudcats
  • Mudcats outfielder Sean Henry
Tonight’s opponent is the Mississippi Braves, who are also mathematically eliminated from the Southern League’s first-half race. Mississippi, managed by former Durham Bulls player and coach Phillip Wellman, beat the Mudcats in five games to win the Southern League title in 2008.

It’s “Paint in Purple” night, a promotion of sports marketing at East Carolina University which has many in the crowd wearing ECU gear.

The game isn’t going to start on time as the tarp is on the field 15 minutes before the scheduled start. First pitch actually happens at 8:48, after a 93-minute rain delay.

Ace right-hander Matt Klinker (4-4) is going for Carolina against the M-Braves’ Scott Diamond (2-5).

It’s a good pitchers’ duel throughout but the Mudcats get the last laugh, with Sean Henry’s RBI single with two out in the ninth ending the 4-3 win.

Mississippi takes a 1-0 lead in the third, as Donell Linares launches the first two-out pitch he sees over the left-field wall.

And it goes to 2-0 in the fourth, as leadoff man Mauro Gomez is hit by a pitch and scores on Jesus Sucre’s one-out, bases-loaded single to right.

The Mudcats cut the lead in half in the sixth, as Jake Kahaulelio reaches on an error to shortstop Juan Gonzalez and later scores on a wild pitch.

Carolina then ties it with one out in the seventh, as Eric Eymann blasts a one-out, 0-1 pitch over the wall down the left-field line.

Mississippi gets another run in the eighth, as Gomez hits a one-out double to left and scores on Michael Daniel’s single to center.

Carolina ties it in the bottom of the frame, as Kahaulelio leads off with a single and scores on a one-out wild pitch.

And the Mudcats win in the ninth off Benino Pruneda. Denis Phipps leads off with a walk, followed by Eymann’s single to left and Sean Danielson’s sacrifice bunt to the mound. With two out, Kahaulelio walks before Henry singles up the middle for the victory.

Philippe Valiquette gets the victory, while Eymann and Henry finish with three hits each.

They said it …
Mudcats manager David Bell: “It’s been a good homestand. Everybody’s going to play over the next few days, and we’re going to get ready for the second half. I don’t think Klinker felt his most comfortable, but he battled and gave us a chance to win the game. Henry had a great at-bat and a big hit. It was a clutch hit, obviously. It’s fun to have a big hit like that to win a game.”

Henry: “At first I was looking for a base-hit bunt, but he threw a first-pitch curve ball. It was a battle from there. Any time you get a walk-off hit it’s a pretty big thing for the team, you know?”

Kahaulelio: “We don’t give up. We get down and then we try to piece it back together. When we were on a losing streak before our pitching was good and we couldn’t hit. And then we’d hit and not get good pitching. But we’re confident and know what we’re capable of. If a guy gets out in a pressure situation the guy behind him gets a hit. The key to this streak is that our confidence level is coming up and we’re keeping our heads up.”

What does it all mean?

That the often-streaky Mudcats have some pretty good momentum again.

Play of the game
Henry’s game-winning hit.

Stars of the game

1. Henry.
2. Eymann.
3. Klinker.

Season series

Mudcats lead 1-0.

Streaks

Carolina: Won 4.
Mississippi: Lost 5.

Transactions
Carolina: Promoted Jordan Smith promoted to Cincinnati.
Mississippi: Promoted C Jesus Sucre from Myrtle Beach. Placed C Orlando Mercado on disabled list.

On deck
Mississippi at Mudcats, 7:15 p.m.

Travis Webb (L, 2-4, 4.97) vs. Erik Cordier (R, 4-4, 3.99)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Sports



Twitter Activity

Comments

If you need to hire a real hacker to help spy on your partner's cell phone remotely, change your grades …

by Stacey Jones on Duke vs. Villanova: Four Factor Preview (Sports)

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Most Recent Comments

If you need to hire a real hacker to help spy on your partner's cell phone remotely, change your grades …

by Stacey Jones on Duke vs. Villanova: Four Factor Preview (Sports)

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

wwe is too violate, if some can fix it that will be okay.

by heartnecklace on Should North Carolina State try to suplex the WWE? (Sports)

Gaffe-r is right...he f8cks up all the time. "A lot of success over the last 3 years"....less smoke blows out …

by DonGarbageBlows on Colin Clarke returns as head coach of Carolina RailHawks (Sports)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation