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Punchless Mudcats blanked by Woodpeckers for third shutout in last 4 games

From staff reports

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FAYETTEVILLE — With a 3-0 loss to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers on Friday, the Carolina Mudcats were shut out for the third time in four Advanced-A Carolina League games. 

Fayetteville starting pitcher J.P. France (4-6) gave up two hits and struck out a career-high nine batters, while allowing only one walk, in seven innings in the series opener at Segra Stadium. The Woodpeckers, now 18-18 in the second half, climbed to 49-56 overall while Carolina stumbled to 16-20 and 55-50 with its fourth straight loss and seventh in its last 10 games.

Fayetteville scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning, bringing home runners on a sacrifice fly and two doubles. Scott Manea doubled to lead off the inning, then moved to third when Ross Adolph singled in the next at-bat.

Miguelangel Sierra brought in Manea with a sacrifice fly to right field and the next batter, Enmanuel Valdez, hit a double to score Adolph. Later that inning, Jonathan Arauz drilled another double to bring Valdez home for the final run. 

Mudcats starter Christian Taugner gave up seven hits in five innings pitched, allowing all three runs scored. 

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