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ZEBULON — The Carolina Mudcats were handed a 10-1 loss by the Fayetteville Woodpeckers for their third straight defeat on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium.
A Woodpeckers’ single in the second inning drove in the first run of the game; then Chandler Taylor hit a two-run home run the next inning to lengthen the visiting team out to a 3-0 lead.
That lead was more than doubled in the third when three straight doubles with runners in scoring position put Fayetteville up 7-0.
The Mudcats’ (65-69, 25-39 second half) deficit continued to grow in the top of the eighth inning as a single from Jeremy Pena scored Miguelangel Sierra.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Mudcats scored their only run of the game, a Leugim Castillo solo home run. The Woodpeckers answered with two more runs in the final inning, scored on a fielder’s choice and a double before holding Carolina scoreless in its last at bat.
Fayetteville (67-65, 36-27 second half) exploded for 14 hits in the contest, saddling Mudcats’ starter Wu Rodriguez with seven runs on seven hits through the first three innings after which he was yanked from the game. Rodriguez walked three batters and struck out one before being handed his second loss.
Woodpeckers’ starter Shawn Dubin kept the home hitters at bay all night, as he gave up just three hits and one walk, while striking out 10 in seven complete innings.
After the loss, the Mudcats have just two home games and six games left before the end of the 2019 Carolina League season. The season will wrap up Monday, Sept. 2 on the road.