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LYNCHBURG, Va. — After a scoreless first nine innings, the Carolina Mudcats turned their extra apperances at the plate into a wild road victory Tuesday night.
With the game tied at 1 in the 11th inning and a runner placed on second base per extra-inning rules in Minor League Baseball, Pat McInerney had an RBI double and added a run before reliever Clayton Andrews wiggled out of a jam in the bottom of the inning to send Carolina to a 3-2 victory at City Stadium.
The Mudcats improved to 23-15 and remained in second place in the Carolina League’s Northern Division, while the Hillcats tumbled to .500 at 18-18.
As Carolina held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 11th, Andrews, who earned his fourth save of the season, entered after reliever Rodrigo Benoit committed his second balk of the inning in a run.
But Andrews manuevered out of a sticky situation with runners on the corners and no one out. He got the Hillcats to lineout to shortstop before a strikeout produced the second out.
With two outs, the Mudcats bluffed a throw to second. It instead was cut off and sent back home, where Lynchburg’s Gabriel Mejia tried to steal home.
But the throw from catcher Payton Henry was cut off by shortstop Devin Hairston in front of the second-base bag, leaving time to nab Mejia at the plate to end the game.
Each team had five hits, with Benoit getting the win by pitching the 10th. Matt Smith worked five scoreless innings in the start for the Mudcats. Jared Robinson absorbed the loss in relief for the Hillcats.
The series continues Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.