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Barrios Blasts First Homer in 8-3 Loss in Salem

Despite the loss, the first-place Mudcats saw their magic number fall to just one
Gregory Barrios - Carolina Mudcats (Credit: Neal Hock)
September 6, 2023

Carolina Mudcats 3 @ Salem Red Sox 8 September 06, 2023 | Venue: Carillion Clinic Field | First pitch: 7:05 PM | T: 2:10 | Att: 1,984 | Box Score CAR: 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 4 3 SAL: 3 1 2 0 0 0

Carolina Mudcats 3 @ Salem Red Sox 8
September 06, 2023 | Venue: Carillion Clinic Field | First pitch: 7:05 PM | T: 2:10 | Att: 1,984 | Box Score

CAR: 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 4 3
SAL: 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 x 8 12 1

WP: Frank German (1 - 0) LP: Brian Fitzpatrick (0 - 1)

SALEM, Va. – Gregory Barrios went 2-for-4 with his first career home run, Dylan O’Rae also went 2-for-4 with a RBI single, but starter Brian Fitzpatrick allowed six early runs as the first-place Carolina Mudcats fell 8-3 to the Salem Red Sox on Wednesday night at Carillion Clinic Field.

Despite the loss, and combined with a loss by the second-place Lynchburg Hillcats, the Mudcats (37-25, 70-55) saw their magic number to clinch a post-season berth fall to just one with four games remaining.

Barrios and O’Rae accounted for all four of Carolina’s hits and two of Carolina’s three runs in the series-tying loss. O’Rae singled, but was stranded in the first before later driving in a run with a single in the seventh. Barrios had an infield single in the fifth, but was also stranded on base. Barrios then homered in the ninth for what was his first career home run.

The Red Sox (25-37, 55-70) led from start to finish while earning the series-tying victory as they rallied for three in the first, one in the second and two in the third off Fitzpatrick (L, 0-1). The Red Sox also totaled four hits in the first, two in the second and two in the third while racking up eight hits in the game off Fitzpatrick.

Reliever Tyler Wehrle took over in the fourth and pitched a round a leadoff triple in his first inning while pitching through three scoreless with two strikeouts. Jose Chavez worked the final two frames and pitched through a scoreless seventh before allowing two runs (one earned) in the eighth. Chavez also committed what was Carolina’s third error of the game in the eighth.

Salem’s Nathanial Yuten had three hits in the game, including RBI hits off Fitzpatrick in the first and third. Albertson Asigen also had three hits, including a RBI double during Salem’s two run eighth.

With a magic number of just one, the Mudcats can clinch their first post-season berth since 2008 with a victory or another loss by the Lynchburg Hillcats. Carolina’s series in Salem will continue on Thursday night with RHP Yorman Galindez scheduled to start for the Mudcats.

Barrios (1, 9th inning off Valera, 0 on, 1 out).

Carolina: O'Rae (14, 2nd base off Soto, E/Garcia, Joh); Guilarte (26, 2nd base off German/Garcia, Joh); Adams (30, 2nd base off Cruz/Garcia, Joh); Mercado (7, 2nd base off Cruz/Garcia, Joh).
Salem: Garcia, Jh (9, 2nd base off Fitzpatrick/Diaz); Yuten 2 (2, 2nd base off Fitzpatrick/Diaz, 2nd base off Chavez, J/Diaz); Garcia, Joh (3, 2nd base off Fitzpatrick/Diaz).

Barrios, SS (Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
O'Rae, CF (Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 RBI
Yuten, CF (Salem): 3-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
Asigen, LF (Salem): 3-for-4, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI
Garcia, Jh, RF (Salem): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI

Wehrle (Carolina): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Soto, E (Salem): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
German (W, 1-0) (Salem): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Cruz (Salem): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Valera (Salem): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Red Sox 1st (Red Sox 3, Mudcats 0) -- Jhostynxon Garcia singles to right field. Jhostynxon Garcia steals 2nd base. Antonio Anderson singles to right field, Jhostynxon Garcia to 3rd. Johnfrank Salazar pops out to Luke Adams in foul territory. Johanfran Garcia out on a sacrifice fly to Reidy Mercado, Jhostynxon Garcia scores. Marvin Alcantara singles to center field, Antonio Anderson to 2nd. Natanael Yuten singles up the middle, Antonio Anderson scores; Marvin Alcantara to 3rd. Natanael Yuten steals 2nd base, Marvin Alcantara scores. Yorberto Mejicano struck out looking. (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)

Red Sox 2nd (Red Sox 4, Mudcats 0) -- Albert Feliz walks. Albertson Asigen doubles to left field, Albert Feliz to 3rd. Jhostynxon Garcia flies into sacrifice double play, Dylan O'Rae to Daniel Guilarte, Albert Feliz scores; Albertson Asigen out at 2nd. Antonio Anderson singles to left field. Johnfrank Salazar pops out to Daniel Guilarte. (1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)

Red Sox 3rd (Red Sox 6, Mudcats 0) -- Johanfran Garcia walks. Marvin Alcantara struck out looking, Johanfran Garcia steals 2nd base. Natanael Yuten singles to right field, Johanfran Garcia scores; fielding error by Reidy Mercado. Yorberto Mejicano grounds out, Gregory Barrios to Tayden Hall, Natanael Yuten to 2nd. Albert Feliz doubles to left-center field, Natanael Yuten scores. Albertson Asigen struck out looking. (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 LOB)

Mudcats 5th (Red Sox 6, Mudcats 1) -- Pitcher Change: Frank German replaces Elvis Soto. Tayden Hall walks. Gregory Barrios singles to deep shortstop, Tayden Hall to 2nd. Blayberg Diaz strikes out swinging. Reidy Mercado strikes out swinging. Wild pitch by Frank German, Tayden Hall scores; Gregory Barrios to 3rd; throwing error by Johanfran Garcia. Daniel Guilarte walks. Daniel Guilarte steals 2nd base. Dylan O'Rae struck out looking. (1 Runs, 1 Hits, 1 Errors, 2 LOB)

Mudcats 7th (Red Sox 6, Mudcats 2) -- Blayberg Diaz flies out to Natanael Yuten. Reidy Mercado walks. Reidy Mercado steals 2nd base, Reidy Mercado to 3rd;wild pitch by Nathanael Cruz. Daniel Guilarte strikes out swinging. Dylan O'Rae singles to right field, Reidy Mercado scores. Dylan O'Rae caught stealing 2nd base, Johanfran Garcia to Johnfrank Salazar. (1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB)

Red Sox 8th (Red Sox 8, Mudcats 2) -- Natanael Yuten singles to shallow right field. Natanael Yuten steals 2nd base. Yorberto Mejicano strikes out swinging. Albert Feliz grounds out, Luke Adams to Tayden Hall, Natanael Yuten to 3rd. Albertson Asigen doubles to left field, Natanael Yuten scores. Jhostynxon Garcia reaches on throwing error by Jose Chavez, Albertson Asigen scores; Jhostynxon Garcia to 3rd. Stanley Tucker grounds out, Jose Chavez to Tayden Hall. (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 LOB)

Mudcats 9th (Red Sox 8, Mudcats 3) -- Tayden Hall strikes out swinging. Gregory Barrios hits a home run to left field on a 0-0 pitch. Blayberg Diaz grounds out to Yorberto Mejicano. (1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB)