08/08/07 — McGinley throws superb one-hitter for six innings

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McGinley throws superb one-hitter for six innings

Published in Sports on August 8, 2007 1:48 PM

ZEBULON -- Eric Riggs accounted for three RBI, including a solo home run, and Carolina turned back West Tenn 4-2 at Five County Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Riggs supplied a two-RBI, third-inning triple and belted the homer in the fifth. The Mudcats (22-23) claimed their second consecutive series heading into today's five-game road swing at Southern Division leader Jacksonville.

A day after blowing a three-run lead, Mudcats starter Blake McGinley made sure it didn't happen again. The southpaw limited the Diamond Jaxx to one hit in six shutout scoreless innings.

It was McGinley's longest outing in his seven-year minor league career, and his fifth win of the season. West Tenn catcher Rene Rivera broke up McGinley's no-hitter with a one-out, third-inning double. Just two Diamond Jaxx batters reached base after Rivera's extra-base hit.

But West Tenn (18-27) rallied in the latter stages.

With two outs and runners on the corner, Jesus Merchan singled in Rivera to avoid the shutout. Mudcats reliever James Russ then struck out Charlton Jimerson, one of the best hitters in the Southern League, to end the threat.

Chris Mobley notched his 10th save in 15 tries. The Diamond Jaxx brought the tying run to the plate on a pair of singles, but Mobley coerced Erick Monzon into a game-ending groundout.