ZEBULON, N.C. — A five-run sixth inning propelled the Carolina Mudcats in to the lead as they went on to win game two of the series 7-6 over the Red Sox Friday night at Five County Stadium.
Salem held a 2-0 lead on a Garrett Benge single, Salem’s first hit if the game, that scored Marcus Wilson who had walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch in the fourth. The Sox added a second run in the top of the sixth when Pedro Castellanos walked and Wilson doubled to drive in the run.
Bryan Mata was cruising with a two hitter when he was replaced in the bottom of the sixth by Kris Jackson. Jackson allowed three runs on a two-run double by Payton Henry and a hit batsman with the bases loaded. Jackson was then yanked in favor of Rio Gomez who gave up a two-run single to Eddie Silva to put the Cats on top 5-2.
Carolina added two more runs in the seventh on a Mario Feliciano two-run homer.
Salem threatened in the ninth when Nick Sciortino singled, Jagger Rusconi reached on an error and Keith Curcio walked to load the bases with one out. Tanner Nishioka then singled scoring Sciortino and Rusconi. A double by Ryan Fitzgerald that scored Curcio cut the lead to two runs with runners on second and third. After a pop out by Castellanos, Fitzgerald scored on a wild pitch and Nishioka moved to third. However, Wilson struck out to end the game with the tying run on third.
Game three of the series continues Saturday with a 5 p.m. start time.