June 7, 2012

Some baseball games are thrilling nail biters that come down to the ninth inning, or even later. Other games, however, are clearly just not one of the team’s day. This is a story of when it wasn’t the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ (Kansas City Royals) day.

The Carolina Mudcats (in their first of three seasons as an Indians affiliate after taking the Kinston Indians’ spot in the Carolina League – they were previously a Double-A Southern League team) defeated the Royals’ suburban Philadelphia farm team (the Phillies allow this because they prefer to have their High-A team at their spring training facility in Clearwater) 12-1. Here’s a rundown of notable performances from this butt-kicking:

The star of the game was C Tyler Cannon, who came within a triple of the cycle while scoring three runs and driving in five, including three on a two-out homer in the seventh inning, 2012 would also prove to be Cannon’s last season of professional baseball as he was released sometime between that season and the next (exact date not listed on his MiLB.com transaction log).

Speaking of triples, the Mudcats hit a quartet of them on this evening, one each from DH Anthony Gallas, 1B Justin Toole, LF Delvi Cid, and 2B Tony Wolters. In wolters’ case, it was his fourth of the season (second of his campaign for each of the others). The barrage of three-base hits helped the team to a .667 slugging percentage om the evening.

On the pitching side, starter Michael Goodnight, who picked up only his second individual victory of the season in eight decisions, pitched six innings, allowing only one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out five (the third game in a row in which he had struck out at least five hitters). Relievers Jordan Cooper, J.D. Reichenbach, and Shawn Armstrong finished out the dominant evening of pitching with scoreless frames (perfect ones in the case of the first two).

Other notable players to play in the game included CF Tyler Holt, 3B Giovanny Urshela, and SS Ronny Rodriguez for the Raleigh-area nine and CF Whit Merrifield, 3B Cheslor Cuthbert, and SP Yordano Ventura for the Delaware professional baseball club.


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