Six-run 4th pushes Mudcats past Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. — Eddie Silva had a two-run single as part of a six-run fourth inning, and Rob Henry tacked on a run-scoring triple to help lead the Carolina Mudcats to a 7-2 road victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Sunday.

The Mudcats produced six of their eight hits in the fourth inning in improving to 62-63 overall and 23-33 in the Carolina League’s second half. Lynchburg dipped to 57-64 in all games and 25-29 in the second half.

Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the fourth, the Mudcats had their first five hitters reach base in the half inning.

A Wes Rogers walk and a double by Mario Feliciano put runners in scoring position, and consecutive RBI singles from Payton Henry and Pat McInerney put the Mudcats ahead. Silva added his two-run single, and once the first out was finally recorded, Henry slashed a triple to left field to make it 5-1 Mudcats. Trever Morrison’s infield single plated Henry to cap the fourth-inning spree.

In the seventh, Henry, who was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, drove in Devin Hairston with a double to center field.
Scott Sunitsch won in relief for the Mudcats, tossing 4 1/3 innings after starter Aaron Ashby left after just 1 2/3 innings of work. Sunitsch struck out three without allowing a walk, yielding two hits.

Kirk McCarty took the loss for Lynchburg, allowing six hits and all six runs in the Carolina fourth.

After having Monday off, the Mudcats begin a series at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.