The Carolina Mudcats are having one more long, last bus ride back to Zebulon this season.

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

Ricky Brooks (1-3) tied his career high of eight strikeouts in five innings, leading the Birmingham Barons over the visiting Mudcats 8-0 Thursday night in Carolina’s final road game of the year. Daryl Thompson (0-5) took the loss.

Eduardo Escobar led Birmingham with a homer and a single and scored three times, while Josh Phegley also homered for the winners.

Jake Kahaulelio and Felix Perez each had a pair of hits for Carolina, which was shut out for the second straight night as the Barons took the three-game series.

Carolina had several transactions on Thursday, as ace left-hander Tom Cochran was called up to Louisville and right-hander Abe Woody was called up from Lynchburg. Also, lefty Travis Webb was placed on the temporary inactive list.

The Mudcats will conclude their season with a four-game series against the Tennessee Smokies beginning tonight.

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

Trey McNutt (R, 0-1, 6.52) vs. Scott Carroll (R, 3-9, 3.64)