The Carolina Mudcats definitely have their pride back.

Carolina Mudcats pitcher Dallas Buck

  • Photo by Nikolaus © 2010 Carolina Mudcats
  • Carolina Mudcats pitcher Dallas Buck

The Mudcats got homers from Dave Sappelt and Richmond County product Brandon Yarbrough, leading Carolina to a 5-3 road victory over the Tennessee Smokies.

The win was Carolina’s third in four tries against the Smokies this week, clinching the win in the five-game series.

Dallas Buck (3-3) had a quality start to claim the victory, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing a pair of runs on seven hits with three strikeouts against one walk. while Hung-Wen Chen (3-3) took the loss. Jordan Smith claimed the save on a second consecutive night to give him five for the season.

Carolina, which has won seven of its last nine games, is now within seven games of the first-place Smokies.

The Mudcats will return home Saturday night to open a five-game series against the Jacksonville Suns.

Friday’s game
Mudcats at Tennessee, 7:15 p.m.

Travis Webb (L, 1-1, 4.63) vs. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (R, 0-1, 2.61)