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Mudcats Lower Magic Number to Two with 6-1 Victory

Carolina can now clinch its first postseason berth since 2008 as early as Wednesday night in Salem
Jesus Rivero - Carolina Mudcats (Credit: Neal Hock)
September 5, 2023

Carolina Mudcats 6 @ Salem Red Sox 1 September 05, 2023 | Venue: Carillion Clinic Field | First pitch: 7:07 PM | T: 2:17 | Att: 2,579 CAR: 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 6 7 0 SAL: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Carolina Mudcats 6 @ Salem Red Sox 1
September 05, 2023 | Venue: Carillion Clinic Field | First pitch: 7:07 PM | T: 2:17 | Att: 2,579

CAR: 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 6 7 0
SAL: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 1

WP: Jesus Rivero (2 - 1) LP: Zack Kelly (0 - 1)

SALEM, Va. – Jose Sibrian homered and drove in three runs, Jadher Areinamo tripled and had two hits while recording his league best 41st multi-hit game of the season and starter Jesus Rivero pitched through five scoreless innings as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Salem Red Sox 6-1 on Tuesday night at Carillion Clinic Field in Salem, Va.

The victory lowered Carolina’s magic number to clinch the Carolina League Second Half Title to just two with five games to play. The Mudcats (37-24, 70-54) currently hold a 4.0 game lead over Lynchburg and 5.5 game lead over Fredericksburg in the second half playoff race. Carolina can now clinch its first postseason berth since 2008 on Wednesday night with both a victory against Salem and a loss by the Hillcats to Kannapolis in Lynchburg.

Gregory Barrios started Tuesday's series opening victory by reaching on a walk issued by Salem (24-37, 54-70) starter, and rehabbing big-leaguer, Zack Kelly in the first. Barrios went on to steal second and third before scoring the first run of the game on a Dylan O’Rae groundout in the first.

Carolina then went up 2-0 in the second after Juan Baez reached on a two-base error before moving around to third and scoring on wild pitches lost by reliever Zach Fogell.

The Mudcats added to their lead with two more runs in the fourth on a Sibrian sac fly and a one-out double steal that saw Areinamo score while Jesus Chirinos was caught at second. Areinamo went 2-for-4 in the game and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 consecutive games.

Sibrian struck again in the eight with a two-run homer to get Carolina up 6-0 and to cap a three RBI game.
Rivero (W, 2-1) earned the victory while cruising his way through five scoreless innings in his start. In all, Rivero struck out four and scattered five hits while reaching 72 pitches (41 strikes) in his stellar outing.

Reliever Alexander Vallecillo followed in the sixth and totaled three strikeouts over three perfect innings. Yerlin Rodriguez pitched the ninth and worked around a two-out run while finishing the game.

The series will continue on Wednesday night in Salem with LHP Brian Fitzpatrick scheduled to start for the Mudcats. Carolina can clinch the Carolina League North Second Half title with a victory and a loss by the Lynchburg Hillcats.

HOME RUNS:
Carolina: Sibrian (9, 8th inning off Butler, 1 on, 2 out).

STOLEN BASES:
Carolina: Barrios 2 (29, 2nd base off Kelly, Z/Lira, 3rd base off Kelly, Z/Lira); Areinamo (15, home off Ramirez, J/Lira).

TOP PERFORMERS - BATTERS:
Sibrian, C (Carolina): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Areinamo, 2B (Carolina): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B
Avina, LF (Carolina): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB
Garcia, Joh, DH (Salem): 2-for-3, 1 R
Garcia, Jh, CF (Salem): 1-for-4, 1 3B

TOP PERFORMERS - PITCHERS:
Rivero (W, 2-1) (Carolina): 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Vallecillo (H, 2) (Carolina): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Ramirez, J (Salem): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

SCORING:
Mudcats 1st (Mudcats 1, Red Sox 0) -- Gregory Barrios walks. Gregory Barrios steals 2nd base. Gregory Barrios steals 3rd base. Dylan O'Rae grounds out, Luis Ravelo to Johnfrank Salazar, Gregory Barrios scores. Jadher Areinamo triples to right field. Jesus Chirinos walks. Pitcher Change: Zach Fogell replaces Zack Kelly. Jose Sibrian walks, Jesus Chirinos to 2nd. Jace Avina grounds into double play, Luis Ravelo to Marvin Alcantara to Johnfrank Salazar, Jose Sibrian out at 2nd, Jace Avina out at 1st. (1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)

Mudcats 2nd (Mudcats 2, Red Sox 0) -- Juan Baez reaches on throwing error by Johnfrank Salazar, Juan Baez to 2nd. Luis Castillo pops out to Antonio Anderson. Kay-Lan Nicasia grounds out, Luis Ravelo to Johnfrank Salazar. Wild pitch by Zach Fogell, Juan Baez to 3rd. Wild pitch by Zach Fogell, Juan Baez scores. Gregory Barrios flies out to Jhostynxon Garcia. (1 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Errors, 0 LOB)

Mudcats 6th (Mudcats 4, Red Sox 0) -- Dylan O'Rae singles through the hole at shortstop. Jadher Areinamo singles to left-center field, Dylan O'Rae to 2nd. Jesus Chirinos singles to deep shortstop, Dylan O'Rae to 3rd; Jadher Areinamo to 2nd. Jose Sibrian out on a sacrifice fly to Jhostynxon Garcia, Dylan O'Rae scores; Jadher Areinamo to 3rd. Jesus Chirinos caught stealing 2nd base, Enderso Lira to Marvin Alcantara. Jadher Areinamo steals home. Jace Avina doubles to left field. Wild pitch by Jose Ramirez, Jace Avina to 3rd. Juan Baez flies out to Jhostynxon Garcia. (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)

Mudcats 8th (Mudcats 6, Red Sox 0) -- Pitcher Change: Connor Butler replaces Jose Ramirez. Dylan O'Rae lines out to Stanley Tucker. Jadher Areinamo grounds out, Antonio Anderson to Johnfrank Salazar. Jesus Chirinos walks. Wild pitch by Connor Butler, Jesus Chirinos to 2nd. Jose Sibrian hits a home run to left field on a 3-1 pitch, Jesus Chirinos scores. Jace Avina triples to center field. Juan Baez grounds out, Luis Ravelo to Johnfrank Salazar. (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)

Red Sox 9th (Mudcats 6, Red Sox 1) -- Pitcher Change: Yerlin Rodriguez replaces Alexander Vallecillo. Antonio Anderson grounds out, Gregory Barrios to Jesus Chirinos. Johanfran Garcia singles to shallow left field. Wild pitch by Yerlin Rodriguez, Johanfran Garcia to 2nd. Luis Ravelo grounds out, Jadher Areinamo to Jesus Chirinos, Johanfran Garcia to 3rd. Marvin Alcantara singles to right field, Johanfran Garcia scores. Natanael Yuten walks, Marvin Alcantara to 2nd. Mound Visit (1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)