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Mudcats drop last 2 of series vs. Dash

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WINSTON-SALEM — Despite hitting a pair of late home runs, the Carolina Mudcats fell 7-5 to the Winston-Salem Dash in Sunday’s Advanced-A Carolina League series finale at BB&T Park.

The Mudcats, who lost Saturday’s game 6-4, dropped to 57-56 on the season and 18-26 in the second half. Mario Feliciano slugged his league-leading 17th homer for Carolina in the seventh inning and Payton Henry launched his 11th longball of the season in the eighth. But the two solo blasts were too little, too late for Carolina, which saw the Dash (59-48, 21-22) score five runs in the second inning off Mudcats starter Aaron Ashby (2-6).

Carolina picked up three back in the fourth with Feliciano singling in Brice Turang, who led off with a triple, and Rob Henry delivering two more with a single.

After Feliciano’s homer in the top of the seventh cut the Dash lead to 5-4, Winston-Salem answered with two in the bottom of the inning.

The Dash took the early lead in Saturday’s game, jumping on Carolina starter Matt Smith (4-9) for four runs in the first and two more in the second. Winston-Salem starter Konnor Pilkington (3-8) held the Mudcats scoreless until Turang’s two-out, two-run single in the fifth. 

Carolina got two more in the eighth on an RBI single by Feliciano and Payton Henry’s sacrifice fly.

The Mudcats will take Monday off before starting a three-game series against the Down East Wood Ducks at Grainger Stadium in Kinston on Tuesday evening.