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ZEBULON — A four-game winning streak by the Carolina Mudcats hit the rocks — make that the Wilmington Blue Rocks — over the weekend as Carolina lost the last three of the four-game Single-A Carolina League series at Five County Stadium.
After the Mudcats won their home opener Thursday against Wilmington, Friday’s game was postponed due to rain, turning into a doubleheader Saturday. The Mudcats dropped the first seven-inning game 3-2 before being shutout 6-0 in their first appearance as the “Micro Brews” in the second game. Wilmington finished the series Sunday with a 5-1 triumph.
The Mudcats, now 6-5, open a three-game homestand Monday against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, who played as the Buies Creek Astros in their first season in 2018.
Carolina starting pitcher Christian Taugner (1-1) gave up three home runs, including two by Seuly Matias, in 5 1/3 innings.
The Mudcats’ only run came in Rob Henry’s fourth-inning double. Reliever Collin Snider (2-0) pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win for Wilmington (8-3).
In the first game Saturday, the Mudcats stranded 15 runners on base in the 3-2 loss.
In game 2, Wilmington starter Daniel Tillo (2-0) held Carolina to two hits, including a seventh-inning single by Carolina’s Payton Henry to break up his no-hit bid.