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ZEBULON — Mario Feliciano’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored teammate Brice Turang from second base and gave the Carolina Mudcats a 5-4 walk-off victory against the Wilmington Blue Rocks Sunday afternoon in the second game of a three-game Advanced-A Carolina League series at Five County Stadium.
Turang raced home from second base on Feliciano’s line-drive single to left field and barely got his hand on home plate ahead of the tag by Blue Rocks catcher Sebastian Rivero. The victory evened the series at 1-1 after Wilmington’s 6-2 win Saturday night. Carolina upped its second-half record to 15-16 as the Mudcats rose to 54-46 overall with just their second win in 11 games this season against the Blue Rocks (16-14 second half, 60-39).
Turang, Carolina’s 19-year-old shortstop and the No. 2-rated prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers minor-league system, went 3 for 5 with a triple while third baseman Eddie Silva was 3 for 4 with a triple, home run and two RBIs. Silva’s two-run shot in the fourth followed an RBI double by Payton Henry and put Carolina ahead 4-1 against Wilmington starting pitcher Jonathan Bowlan, who threw a no-hitter against the Mudcats in his last start July 15.
Carolina took a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning but reliever Anthony Bender gave up a solo homer to Wilmington’s Nick Pratto. However, Bender, despite his first blown save with Carolina, ended up getting the win to improve to 2-0.
Reliever Rito Lugo (2-3) took the loss for the Blue Rocks.
In Saturday’s game, Wilmington built a 4-0 lead through four innings off Mudcats starter Noah Zavolas (5-5), who gave up six hits and walked two while striking out five in six innings.
Carolina finally pushed across a pair of runs on RBI singles by Silva and Pat McInerney in the eighth inning. Silva and Feliciano each had two hits to lead the Mudcats.
The series concludes Monday at 7 p.m. The Mudcats then start a six-game road swing beginning Tuesday against the Down East Wood Ducks in Kinston.