Jake Kahaulelio’s three-run homer was the biggest blow as the Carolina Mudcats beat the host Birmingham Barons 9-4 in the opener of their three-game series.

Mudcats infielder Jake Kahaulelio
  • Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina Mudcats
  • Mudcats infielder Jake Kahaulelio

Chris Denove led Carolina at the plate with three hits and two RBI.

James Avery (2-3) was the winning pitcher, while Angel Garcia (1-5) took the loss.

John Shelby homered and singled with two RBI for the Barons.

The Mudcats return home Friday night for the opener of their four-game season-ending series with the Tennessee Smokies.

Wednesday’s game
Mudcats at Birmingham, 8:05 p.m.

Scott Carroll (R, 3-9, 3.64) vs. Charles Leesman (L, 4-2, 3.20)