07/03/06 — Mudcats blank Smokies

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Mudcats blank Smokies

Published in Sports on July 3, 2006 2:15 PM

ZEBULON -- Edgar Gonzalez had three hits and three RBIs while three Carolina pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout as the Mudcats defeated Tennessee 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium.

After Brett Carroll singled home a run in the second inning, Gonzalez drilled a first pitch high against the left field wall with the bases loaded to complete a four-run inning sending James Russ (5-6) to his second straight victory.

Russ worked six scoreless innings on a day where temperatures reached the mid 90s. Chris Mobley and Matt Yourkin combined for the final three frames as Carolina (7-7) tossed its ninth shutout of the season and third of the second half.

Greg Smith (2-2) suffered his second loss in four Double-A starts after winning his last nine outings in High-A Lancaster. Smith yielded four runs on eight hits during his first outing against the Mudcats.

With the series tied 2-2, Adam Bostick (5-5, 3.68) will start for Carolina tonight against Ross Ohlendorf (7-3, 2.42) at 7:15.