Campbell Plays All Nine Positions and Earns Save in Season Finale Win
FAYETTEVILLE - Noah Campbell played all nine positions and earned the save as the Mudcats defeated the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 5-2 in the final game of the 2021 season on Sunday afternoon at SEGRA Stadium. Tyler Black went 4-for-5 with the go-ahead RBI in the eighth and Alex Binelas hit a two-run home run in the first for the Mudcats in the season finale victory.
The Mudcats (68-52) led 3-2 going into the ninth before adding some insurance with two unearned runs on a, bases loaded, two-out throwing error by pitcher Carlos Hiraldo. The error was the second in the inning and fourth of the game for the Woodpeckers (55-65). It also scored both Hedbert Perez and Zack Raabe after they started the inning with consecutive singles. Campbell (S, 1) also walked to load the bases in the ninth, but went 0-for-4 with a walk at the plate.
Campbell, a product of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C., started the game at catcher in the first inning before moving to first base in the second. He then went to second in the third inning, third in the fourth, shortstop in the fifth, left field in the sixth, center in the seventh and right field in the eighth. Campbell then pitched the ninth where he would earn the save after retiring three straight batters.
For the Mudcats, it was Black who led the way offensively while going 4-for-5 with two stolen bases and the go-ahead RBI in the eighth. Black's fourth and final hit of the game scored Eduardo Garcia from second after he was hit by a pitch earlier in the eighth by reliever Kasey Ford. Ford (1-2, 5.06) took the loss after allowing just the one run and striking out three. Garcia scored twice in the game for Carolina as he also walked and scored on Binelas' two-run home run in the first. The home run was the ninth of the season for Binelas and the third in his final six games of the season.
The Woodpeckers scored twice with both runs coming off reliever Brailin Rodriguez in the third and sixth innings. Miguel Palma brought in the first Fayetteville run with a sacrifice fly in the third and Nerio Rodriguez brought in the second with a RBI single in the sixth.
Rodriguez was the second pitcher in the game for the Mudcats as he followed starter Brendan Murphy in the second. Murphy faced three and walked one while working a scoreless first. Rodriguez followed and went on to work into the sixth while allowing both of Fayetteville's runs over four and 2/3 innings. Rodriguez also walked four, allowed three hits and struck out six.
Nate Peden took over for Rodriguez in the sixth where he left two inherited runners on base. Peden (2-0, 5.23) struck out three and allowed just one hit while going through two and 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.
With the victory, the Mudcats finished their final series of the season with a 3-3 split. They also closed the year with a 68-52 record and in second place in the Low-A East Central Division standings.
Before Campbell, Justin Toole was the last Mudcats player to accomplish the unique feat of playing all nine spots in a game and did so during "Toole Time" night at Five County Stadium on August 25, 2012. Toole started in right field before playing a different position each inning the rest of the way. Toole finished the game by catching the eighth and pitching the ninth. He gave up a pair of solo homers in the ninth, but then struck out the final two batters to complete the 4-2 win. Campbell is also the second player to play all nine in a game for Manager Joe Ayrault as Nate Orf did the same on August 31, 2014 while playing for Ayrault and the Brevard County Manatees.
Carolina HR : Binelas (9, 1st inning off McDermott, 1 on, 1 out).
TOP PERFORMERS - BATTERS:
Black, DH-2B (Carolina): 4-for-5, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Binelas, 3B-1B (Carolina): 1-for-5, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Garcia, E, SS-3B-SS (Carolina): 0-for-2, 2 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Perez, CF-LF-CF (Carolina): 1-for-4, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Raabe, 2B-LF (Carolina): 1-for-2, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI
Palma, DH (Fayetteville): 2-for-2, 1 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Rodriguez, Ne, C (Fayetteville): 1-for-4, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI
TOP PERFORMERS - PITCHERS:
Murphy (Carolina): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Rodriguez (Carolina): 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO
Peden (W, 2-0) (Carolina): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Campbell (S, 1) (Carolina): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
McDermott (Fayetteville): 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
Calderon (Fayetteville): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Rodriguez, E (Fayetteville): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Batista (Fayetteville): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Mudcats 1st (Mudcats 2, Woodpeckers 0) -- Noah Campbell strikes out swinging. Eduardo Garcia walks. Alex Binelas hits a home run to left field on a 1-0 pitch, Eduardo Garcia scores. Tyler Black singles to shallow center field. Micah Bello lines out to Justin Williams. Darrien Miller struck out looking.
(2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)
Woodpeckers 3rd (Mudcats 2, Woodpeckers 1) -- Defensive switch from 1st to 2nd for Noah Campbell. Defensive switch from 3rd to 1st for Alex Binelas. Defensive switch from 2nd to 3rd for Ethan Murray. Adonis Giron strikes out swinging. Chad Stevens walks. Joey Loperfido walks, Chad Stevens to 2nd. Kobe Kato walks, Chad Stevens to 3rd; Joey Loperfido to 2nd. Miguel Palma out on a sacrifice fly to Andre Nnebe, Chad Stevens scores. Michael Sandle strikes out swinging.
(1 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)
Woodpeckers 6th (Mudcats 2, Woodpeckers 2) -- Defensive switch from shortstop to left field for Noah Campbell. Defensive switch from 3rd to shortstop for Eduardo Garcia. Defensive Substitution: Zack Raabe replaces left fielder Andre Nnebe, batting 8th, playing 2nd. Defensive switch from 2nd to 3rd for Ethan Murray. Kobe Kato singles through the hole at second base. Miguel Palma singles to left-center field, Kobe Kato to 2nd. Michael Sandle grounds into double play, Ethan Murray to Alex Binelas, Kobe Kato out at 3rd, Miguel Palma to 2nd; Michael Sandle out at 1st. Nerio Rodriguez singles to left field, Miguel Palma scores. Justin Williams walks, Nerio Rodriguez to 2nd. Pitcher Change: Nate Peden replaces Brailin Rodriguez. Victor Mascai strikes out swinging.
(1 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB)
Mudcats 8th (Mudcats 3, Woodpeckers 2) -- Pitcher Change: Kasey Ford replaces Edinson Batista. Eduardo Garcia hit by pitch. Alex Binelas strikes out swinging, Eduardo Garcia steals 2nd base. Tyler Black singles to center field, Eduardo Garcia scores. Tyler Black steals 2nd base. Micah Bello strikes out swinging. Wild pitch by Kasey Ford, Tyler Black to 3rd. Darrien Miller struck out looking.
(1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB)
Mudcats 9th (Mudcats 5, Woodpeckers 2) -- Pitcher Change: Carlos Hiraldo replaces Kasey Ford. Hedbert Perez singles to right-center field. Zack Raabe bunt singles to shallow left field, Zack Raabe to 2nd; throwing error by Carlos Hiraldo. Ethan Murray struck out looking. Noah Campbell walks. Eduardo Garcia strikes out swinging. Alex Binelas reaches on throwing error by Chad Stevens, Hedbert Perez scores; Zack Raabe scores; Noah Campbell to 3rd. Tyler Black grounds out to Victor Mascai.
(2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors, 2 LOB)
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