On the other hand, they lost the series and they got completely run off the field on Saturday by the score of 14-2. Plus, it's hard to feel good about the series when the team failed to build on the series-opening win on Friday.
Without further ado, my three up and three down for this past weekend:
- I keep bringing it up week after week, but Chris Diaz is the real deal on Friday nights. Facing a potent North Carolina lineup, Diaz stepped up and threw seven innings, giving up six hits and one earned run to earn the win.
- The Hurricanes really took it to North Carolina ace Kent Emanuel, who has been largely untouchable this season. The Canes hung eight hits and four earned runs on Emanuel before he was run in the seventh inning.
- The defense was solid. Only one error was committed over the weekend. Although they lost two of three in the series, you can't really say that they beat themselves defensively as was so often the case last season.
- Javi Salas and Alexander Fernandez were completely ineffective on Saturday. The Tar Heels are a very good offensive team, obviously, but that pair just couldn't get anybody out. Combined, they threw 2.1 innings, giving up nine hits and 12 earned runs.
- Brad Fieger went 1-for-10 for the weekend. Even though there is a lot more depth on offense this year, the Canes can't afford many of those types of weekends from their top hitter.
- Dale Carey continues to struggle at the plate. He went hitless on the weekend and it wouldn't be a shock to see Jim Morris start to take some at-bats away from Carey to give to others.