ZEBULON, N.C. — Edgar Corcino and Marcus Wilson each hit solo home runs and nature intervened as the Salem Red Sox defeated the Carolina Mudcats 2-1 at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a game that was halted in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Corcino gave Salem a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when he took Mudcat starter Nelson Hernandez over the wall and off of the video board in left-center field.
The lead doubled to 2-0 in the top of the sixth when Wilson blasted a solo shot over the right field wall.
Sox starter Kutter Crawford tossed 5 2/3 solid innings, only facing trouble in the second, where he wormed out of a jam with runners on second and third with only one out.
But in the sixth, Crawford allowed a one-out single to Clayton Andrews. After he struck out Ryan Aguilar, Mario Feliciano doubled to the gap in left center to score Andrew to make it 2-1.
The next batter, Payton Henry, worked a 3-2 count before the umpires stopped the game due to heavy rain. After a 52-minute delay, the game was called and made official, since the teams will not meet each other again until August.
Crawford, who earned his first victory since May 13th, allowed only the lone run on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts to up his record to 4-5. Hernandez fell to 6-4 on the season, after allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
ON DECK: Salem travels to Winston-Salem to begin a three-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark tonight at 7 p.m. Jhonatan Diaz (2-5, 7.36) gets the start for the Red Sox and is scheduled to face Dash right-hander Jake Elliott (3-1, 2.25).