Birmingham nips Carolina, 2-1
Birmingham, AL --- Ray Liotta tossed his longest start of the season to snap a two-month winless drought as Birmingham edged Carolina 2-1 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Liotta (W, 2-6) pitched 7 1/3 innings, permitting only an RBI-single to Edgar Gonzalez in the sixth as he won for the first time since April 11th.
Despite the Mudcats' third straight loss, Anibal Sanchez outpitched Liotta for the duration of his outing. Sanchez whiffed a season-high 10 batters, walking three and pitching six scoreless innings. Sanchez, who was looking for his first win since April 27th over Chattanooga, stranded seven baserunners over the first four innings. Sanchez authored his fifth career start with 10+ strikeouts, and overtook the league lead from his teammate Paul Mildren with 86.
Christopher Young (L, 3-2) relieved Sanchez to start the seventh, attempting to guard a 1-0 lead, but the Barons (30-37) touched him for a pair of runs. Darren Blakely grounded hom Michael Myers from third, the Chris Getz scored on a two-out single by Ricardo Nanita to put Birmingham ahead.
The Mudcats (30-37) bounced into three double plays, and were closed out by Barons reliever BJ LaMura, who recorded the final five outs for the save.
Paul Mildren (4-5, 3.91) starts Thursday night for Carolina against RH Lance Broadway (4-4, 2.83) at 8:05 PM ET.
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