Mudcats split DH at Frederick

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FREDERICK, Md. — The Carolina Mudcats won the opening game of a doubleheader 8-1 Tuesday behind a career-high five RBIs from Rob Henry, but a pair of home runs by Eddie Silva and Tristen Lutz proved unable to complete the sweep as the Frederick Keys responded with a 4-3 win in the finale at Harry Grove Stadium.

Both contests were scheduled for seven innings.

Carolina (36-28) picked up the win behind five strong innings from starter Matt Smith, who allowed five hits and gave up an unearned run. He struck out five.

Cameron Bishop took the loss for Frederick after allowing three two-out runs in the third. Payton Henry coaxed out a bases-loaded walk, and Henry followed with a two-run single.

Leading 3-1, the Mudcats lambasted the Keys (29-34) with five runs in the seventh and final inning.  Henry delievered the highlight with a bases-clearing, three-run double on his way to a 2-for-4 showing. Lutz was 3 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.

Frederick snapped an eight-game losing streak with its victory in the second game. Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Silva hit his fifth homer of 2019, a solo shot.

However, the Keys struck back with three runs in the fifth. Lutz brought the Mudcats to within the final score in the sixth with a two-run homer, his eighth of the year off closer Diogenes Almengo. But Almengo retired the Mudcats in the seventh to record his seventh save.

Noah Zavolas was tagged with the loss for the Mudcats, allowing eight hits over five innings. Scott Burke won in relief for the Keys, pitching the fifth inning.

The series concludes with a 7 p.m. first pitch in Frederick on Wednesday.