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ZEBULON — There’s no relief in sight for the Carolina Mudcats, both in their current seven-game losing streak and their recent fortunes against the Down East Wood Ducks.
Carolina fell to the Wood Ducks for the 10th straight meeting in a 4-3 Advanced-A Carolina League defeat Wednesday night at Five County Stadium, and in the process, extended its season-worst losing streak.
The Mudcats, (55-53, 16-23 second half) pulled to within the final score on a solo home run by Ryan Aguilar in the bottom of the ninth, but left the tying and winning runs on base.
With the score tied at 2 in the eighth, the Wood Ducks (74-34, 24-14 second half) took the lead on a solo homer from Curtis Terry down the left-field line off reliever J.T. Hintzen.
Hintzen took the loss in relief, allowing four hits over two innings. Aaron Ashby started and authored six full innings in a no decision.
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the Mudcats halved the margin on Aguilar’s RBI single that scored Mario Feliciano, who reached on an error. In the sixth, Eddie Silva’s two-out single plate scored Tristen Lutz to tie it and chased Wood Ducks starter Sal Mendez.
The Mudcats were outhit by a 13-8 margin, with Aguilar going 2 for 3 with an RBI and his ninth home run of the year.
The three-game series continues Wednesday at 11 a.m.