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Mudcats Drop Series Opener 3-1

Carolina Offense Stifled in 6-1 Loss

August 2, 2022 – Carolina League (CarL)Carolina Mudcats News Release

ZEBULON – Jadher Areinamo and Luis Castillo combined for three hits in their Carolina League debuts and Jeferson Figueroa totaled seven strikeouts over six innings pitched while recording his first career quality start, but the Carolina Mudcats (14-47, 48-49) failed to overcome an early deficit while losing 3-1 in the opener of a six-game series with the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (19-12, 45-52) on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium.

Figueroa (0-7) allowed two runs and three hits in the first, but went on to retire 10 straight from the end of the first through the fourth. He also escaped a bases loaded jam in the fifth with three straight strikeouts and tossed a scoreless sixth before leaving the game with the Mudcats down 2-0.

Carolina’s lone run of the game came in the last of the sixth after Areinamo walked and moved up on a single from Castillo. It was actually an error on Castillo’s hit to center by Logan Glass that allowed Areinamo to third and it would be an error by catcher Colby Smelley that allowed Areinamo to score from third moments later. That run-scoring error came on a throw to second that was intended to catch Castillo on a steal attempt. Castillo would eventually be thrown out a third on the same play, but Carolina had the deficit down to 2-1 going into the seventh.

Kannapolis would then score an insurance run in the eighth off reliever Miguel Guerrero while going up 3-1 late in the game. Guerrero pitched through two innings with one earned run allowed on four hits. He also walked two and struck out two while following Figueroa’s quality outing. Pablo Garabitos later worked the ninth and pitched around a hit while pitching a scoreless frame.

The 3-1 Kannapolis lead held through the eighth and ninth as relievers Jonah Scolaro and Liam Jenkins finished off the Mudcats. Scolaro originally entered the game in the fifth and turned in four innings with just one unearned run allowed on three hits. He also struck out five against just one walk. Jenkins (S, 2) followed Scolaro and pitched the ninth where he worked around a two-out walk and struck out one.

Reliever Haylen Green earned the victory for Cannon Ballers as he pitched through three scoreless in relief of rehabbing starter Jeremiah Burke. Green (2-0) totaled four strikeouts and allowed just one hit over his three-inning effort across the second, third and fourth.

Andy Atwood singed to start the game for the Cannon…

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