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Mudcats crack Keys
FREDERICK, MD. -- The Carolina Mudcats cracked a pair of firsts in a big 10-6 conquest over the Frederick Keys on Sunday night at Harry Grove Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.

The victory means a split of the four-game series at Frederick.

Carlos Moncrief powered the Mudcats’ first grand slam of 2012 out to left for a 5-0 lead in the first inning.

After a Frederick rally tied the score, Tony Wolters launched a fly ball that hit off the center-field fence with two on, two out in the sixth.

The shot caromed by Trent Mummey and Wolters raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. His third round-tripper drove in three, and put the Mudcats ahead to stay, 8-5.

Jordan Cooper (5-3) tossed five innings in relief, allowing a pair of runs on six hits. It was his fourth straight winning decision for the Mudcats (13-10, 45-48).

Eric Beaulac (1-1) takes the loss for the Keys (11-12, 38-55), allowing three runs on four hits over two innings.
Ronny Rodriguez sailed his 12th homer of the year out of the park to left for a 10-5 lead in the seventh.

Bo Greenwell and Moncrief finished with three hits apiece.

Jesus Aguilar had a bases-loaded single in the first inning to give the Mudcats a 1-0 edge.

Carolina will be at Five County Stadium through July 22 as part of a seven-game homestand against Winston-Salem and Lynchburg.

Tickets are available through the box office by calling (919) 269-2287 or visiting carolinamudcats.com.

LAST SATURDAY: The Frederick Keys sent the much-heralded Dylan Bundy to the mound looking for a series win on Saturday night, but the Carolina Mudcats’ Matt Packer was just a little bit better in a 3-1 triumph at Harry Grove Stadium.

Packer (1-0) tossed five scoreless frames, scattered three hits and struck out four for the Mudcats.

Bundy, the Baltimore Orioles’ top prospect, matched Packer’s five innings, but allowed an unearned run in the fourth. He fanned a career-high eight batters.

Jose Flores pitched to three hitters in the ninth to record his 14th save.

After both hurlers breezed through three innings, Bo Greenwell finally broke the ice for Carolina with a double down the right-field line.

After a passed ball moved Greenwell to third, Jesus Aguilar singled him home on a liner to right, with two outs, for a 1-0 lead.

The Mudcats made it 2-0 in the seventh when Carlos Moncrief drew a lead-off walk.

The club managed to move him over to third, and Anthony Gallas beat out a ground ball to third, allowing Moncrief to score.

Moncrief proved to play critical role in the win. He sent his 11th home run of the season over the center-field wall in the top of the ninth to give his team a much-needed 3-0 lead.

Frederick made one last run in the ninth. The first three batters reached to score one, but Flores entered the game and slammed the door.

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