With the Wilmington Blue Rocks searching for their first victory of the 2016 season, they sent right-hander Ashton Goudeau to the mound for the Monday night start against Carolina (Game 4 of the season).
Goudeau did exactly what the team needed (despite some admitted jitters), gave them their first five inning start, did not walk a batter, and struck out a career-high seven. Not bad for a guy who has made just 11 starts since signing with the KC Royals back in 2012.
It didn’t start out too well, as a one out triple and an RBI double put the Mudcats ahead in the first (just three minutes into the game). In the 2nd inning, a single and an error put runners at second and third base. Goudeau then went on to retire nine in a row before allowing a run in the fifth. He escaped further damage in that inning by picking off a base runner.
“After the first couple of innings I was able to use everything and those pitches ended up working out for me,” Goudeau said following the start. “It felt great and feels great for all of us to get that first win of the year. We had really good offense early and stayed consistent throughout the game and some really good defensive plays like Wander [Franco] making that over the shoulder diving catch and that was huge. And I was able to compete with my stuff for everybody.”
That over the shoulder catch by Franco came in the 4th inning with lefty Braxton Davidson at the plate. The Blue Rocks were in a shift, meaning Franco was at shortstop and he had to run a LONG way to make the catch near the shallow left field line.
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