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ZEBULON — Playing as one of their alter egos for the second straight night, the Carolina Mudcats — or Los Pescados de Carolina per their uniforms — won their second Single-A Carolina League game in a row with a 4-2 defeat of the Potomac Nationals on Friday night at Five County Stadium.
Los Pescados (5-4 second half, 44-34 overall) broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Wes Rogers drew a walk and took third on Ryan Aguilar’s double to right field before Tristen Lutz lined a single to left field to score Rogers. Payton Henry, who gave Carolina a 2-1 lead with a solo home run in the fourth, drove in Aguilar with a sacrifice fly.
The 4-2 lead gave reliever Rodrigo Benoit a chance for his 11th save of the season, which he earned despite giving up two hits and getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth.
Reliever Cody Beckman took over for starter Noah Zavolas with a 2-1 lead in the eighth. But Beckman gave up a leadoff double to Potomac’s Cole Freeman and later committed a balk that allowed Freeman to score from third base. Beckman (3-3) ended up getting the win despite the blown save. Zavolas pitched seven solid innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.
Carolina, which wore Carolina Micro Brews uniforms in Thursday’s game, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Julio Garcia led off with a double and later scored on Aguilar’s infield single. Garcia, Aguilar and Henry each had two hits for Carolina.
The Nationals (3-6, 33-43) tied it in the third off Zavolas on a sacrifice fly from Anderson Franco to score Gage Canning, who led off with a single
The four-game series continues Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and concludes Sunday afternoon at 2.