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Mudcats’ Meneses doubles twice and homers in 10-3 loss in Lynchburg

LYNCHBURG, Va. Joey Meneses was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, but Matt Withrow allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings Sunday as the Mudcats lost their series finale in Lynchburg 10-3 to the Hillcats.

The Hillcats (21-8) won the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and with Sunday’s win took the series at two games to one. Sunday’s loss also came at the end of a six-game Carolina road trip during which the Mudcats (12-17) won just one game.

Lynchburg rallied for three runs and two hits in the first and led 3-0 after one. The first run came in on a bases loaded force out grounded into by Taylor Murphy. A throwing error on the same play allowed the second run to score. An RBI double later in the inning brought in the third.

The Mudcats rallied for a run in the third to cut the Lynchburg lead to 3-1, but Dorsyss Paulino answered by leading off the fourth with a solo home run to right. Paulino was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run and two RBI for the Hillcats.

Meneses doubled twice and hit a ninth-inning home run while going 3-for-4 in the loss. He doubled twice off starter Luis Lugo but was left on base both times. Lugo (2-1, 4.31) pitched through the sixth and allowed a run and five hits while earning the win. He also finished with a walk and four strikeouts.

Withrow (1-2, 3.32) allowed a season high six earned runs and four hits while pitching through four and 1/3 innings on Sunday. He left in the fifth with two men on base and with the Mudcats trailing 5-1 in the game. Reliever Raymar Navarro followed Withrow out of the bullpen and went on to allow both inherited runners to score in the frame.

Navarro stayed in for the sixth and worked through a scoreless frame. He finished with one unearned run allowed and one hit over an inning and 2/3 on Sunday. He also walked a batter, struck out one and allowed two inherited runners to score.

Carlos Salazar worked the seventh and kept the Hillcats without a run. He also walked one and struck out one over his inning. Sean McLaughlin pitched the eighth and allowed three runs (two earned) and three hits while facing seven in the inning.

Lynchburg led 7-1 after the fifth and went up 10-1 after their three run eighth. The Mudcats came back with a home run from Meneses in the ninth and added one more run in the frame before reliever Cameron Hill finished the game with two men still on base.

Hill worked the ninth and allowed two runs and four hits in his appearance. Justin Garcia pitched the seventh and eighth innings and kept the Mudcats scoreless and without a hit while striking out one.

Sunday’s box score

Carolina Mudcats

ab

r

h

bi

Curcio, LF

4

0

1

0

Harper, SS

4

0

0

0

Meneses, 1B

4

1

3

2

Odom, DH

3

0

1

0

Edgerton, 3B

4

1

1

0

Davidson, RF

4

0

1

0

Gebhardt, 2B

4

0

1

0

Giardina, C

3

0

0

1

Gaylor, CF

4

1

1

0

Totals

34

3

9

3

Lynchburg Hillcats

ab

r

h

bi

Papi, RF

4

1

1

0

Allen, CF

1

0

1

0

Chang, SS

3

1

0

0

Santander, DH

3

2

0

0

Bradley, 1B

2

1

1

2

Murphy, CF-RF

3

1

0

2

Paulino, LF

4

2

3

2

Hendrix, 3B

2

1

1

0

Salters, C

4

0

0

0

Bautista, 2B

3

1

1

2

Totals

29

10

8

8

Carolina

001

000

002

3

9

2

Team

300

130

03x

10

8

1

E — Harper, Gaylor. Murphy. DP–Carolina 1, Lynchburg 0. LOB–Carolina 6, Lynchburg 5. 2B–Curcio, Meneses 2, Paulino, Bradley, Allen. . HR—Meneses (3), Paulino (1). SF–Giardina, Murphy.

Carolina IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Withrow (L, 1-2)

4 1/3

4

6

6

4

4

Navarro

1 2/3

1

1

0

1

1

Salazar

1

0

0

0

1

1

McLaughlin

1

3

3

2

1

7

Lynchburgh IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Lugo (W, 2-1)

6

5

1

1

1

4

Garcia

2

0

0

0

0

1

Hill

1

4

2

2

0

1

WP-Withrow, Navarro, Lugo. HBP-Chang.

T-2:37. A-1,282.

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