August 14 - Carolina Mudcats Game Information
Having lost three straight, the Mudcats continue a six-game, seven day, home stand today with the middle game of a three game series versus the Winston-Salem Dash at Five County Stadium... The Dash took last night's opener 7-3 and lead the current series 1-0; they also lead the overall season series 8-4 while going 5-2 against the Mudcats in Winston-Salem and 3-2 against Carolina in Zebulon. Today's game is the second of the series and the 13th of 14 total overall between the two teams this season.
Tonight's game will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC and will air live on the Mudcats Radio Network at carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio. Tonight's game will also stream live in high-definition video on MiLB.tv; available through paid subscription.
WINSTON-SALEM DASH (CHICAGO WHITE SOX) at CAROLINA MUDCATS (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 11:00 AM | Game 121, Home Game 62 | Five County Stadium (6,500) | Zebulon, NC
STREAMING AUDIO: carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio
STREAMING VIDEO: MiLB.tv
Overall Record: CAR: 60-60; WS: 61-53
Streaks: CAR: L3; WS: W1
Last 10 Games: CAR: 4-6, WS: 4-6
Home Record: CAR: 34-27; WS: 30-28
Road Record: CAR: 26-33; WS: 31-25
Division Record: CAR: 24-36; WS: 26-27
Current Series: WS leads 1-0 (of 3)
Season Series: WS leads 7-5 (of 14)
CAR v. OPP: 2-3 @CAR (7), 2-5 @OPP (7)
UPCOMING PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS...
WED, 8/14 vs. WS, 11:00 AM: Winston-Salem RHP Jorgan Cavanerio (7-2, 3.17) at Carolina RHP Christian Taugner (5-7, 4.78)
THU, 8/15 vs. WS, 7:00 PM: Winston-Salem LHP Konnor Pilkington (3-9, 5.71) at Carolina RHP Matt Smith (4-10, 3.59)
FRI, 8/16 at LYN, 6:00 PM: Carolina TBA at Lynchburg TBA
TODAY: Having lost three straight, the Mudcats continue a six-game, seven day, home stand today with the middle game of a three game series versus the Winston-Salem Dash at Five County Stadium... The Dash took last night's opener 7-3 and lead the current series 1-0; they also lead the overall season series 8-4 while going 5-2 against the Mudcats in Winston-Salem and 3-2 against Carolina in Zebulon. Today's game is the second of the series and the 13th of 14 total overall between the two teams this season.
ICYMI: Eddie Silva went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and Trever Morrison, Devin Hairston and Wes Rogers each singled and scored a run, but the Carolina bullpen lost a one run lead in the eighth during a 7-3 series opening loss to the Winston-Salem Dash on Tuesday night in Zebulon. Carolina originally led 2-0 after the third and had a 3-2 lead going into the eighth before the Dash rallied for five runs while taking a 7-3 lead in the game. Winston-Salem's five run eighth included a run scoring hit-by-pitch from Steele Walker and back-to-back run scoring hits from Tyler Frost and Andrew Vaughn. All five runs also scored with two outs in the inning and were allowed in by relievers Michael Petersen and Anthony Bender.
ABOUT THE LAST ONE: Carolina led 3-2 going into the eighth of last night's game, but ended up seeing that lead slip away as they lost for just the fourth time this season (50-4) when leading after seven innings.
CAROLINA'S STARTING PITCHER(S)...
Christian Taugner: 5-7, 4.78 ERA, 22/14 G/GS, 96.0 IP, 24 BB, 62 SO, 1.42 WHIP
Last start, 8/9 vs. SAL: ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 94 pitches
Starter: 4-7, 5.21 ERA, 14 GS, 74.1 IP, 18 BB, 49 SO, .297 AVG, 1.41 WHIP
Post All-Star: 3-3, 4.25 ERA, 9 G, 8 GS, 48.2 IP, 10 BB, 35 SO, 1.40 WHIP
OF LATE: The Mudcats have gone just 9-22 since 7/10 and since starting the second half at 12-8 over their first 20 games (6/20-7/9) following the All-Star break... The Mudcats have also combined to hit just .205 with 2.9 R/G and a run differential of -29 runs since 7/10... Carolina scored first in both games of last Thursday's doubleheader in Kinston at Grainger Stadium and have now scored first in a game just six times since 7/15 while going 8-18 in that same span. They have also scored first in a game nine times since 7/10 and are 9-22 during that span of games.
WHERE THEY RANK: Mario Feliciano is 1st in the CL in home runs (19), 1st in RBI (78), 1st in slugging (.477), 5th in OPS (.802), tied for 6th in hits (113), tied for 5th in runs (59), 1st in extra-base hits (44) and 1st in total bases (198)... Payton Henry is tied for 4th in the CL in home runs (13) and tied for 4th in RBI (66)... Tristen Lutz is tied for 4th in the CL in home runs (13), 5th in XBH (38) and 3rd in runs (61)... Matt Hardy is currently tied for 7th in the CL in wins (7) and tied for 8th in games (34)... Cody Beckman, J.T. Hintzen and Michael Petersen are all currently tied for 4th in the CL in games (36)... Noah Zavolas is currently 2nd in the CL in ERA (2.98), 1st in innings pitched (133.0) and 2nd in WHIP (1.14). Zavolas is also 2nd in the CL in FIP (3.21), 2nd in xFIP (3.36), 1st in BB/9 (1.56) and 2nd in K/BB (4.43)... Matt Smith is currently 3rd in the CL in earned run average (3.59), 2nd in K/BB (3.12), 4th in xFIP (3.62) and 2nd in LOB% (75.0).
CAROLINA LEAGUE LEADERS - TWO-OUT RBI
PLAYER TEAM RBI HR AVG OPS
Henry, P CAR 34 7 .248 .788
Feliciano, M CAR 32 10 .311 1.055
Corredor, A POT 28 3 .254 .653
Reetz, J POT 26 6 .277 .936
Adams, J FAY 25 6 .220 .680
Castellanos, P SAL 24 3 .247 .667
Henry, R CAR 23 3 .227 .768
WHO'S HOT: Tristen Lutz has hit safely in eight of his last 11 games and is batting .391/.408/.696 with a 1.104 OPS during that span (18-for-46, 6 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI)... Mario Feliciano has hit safely in 10 of his last 14 games and is batting .340/.407/.623 with a 1.029 OPS during that same span (18-for-53, 13 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 17 SO).
EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: Mario Feliciano currently leads the Carolina League in both home runs and RBI so far this season. The last CL player to lead the league in homers and RBI was Salem's Bobby Dalbec who hit 26 home runs and totaled 85 RBI in 2018. Dalbec went on to be named the league's MVP last season. Lynchburg's Bobby Bradley (29 HR, 102 RBI) and Nellie Rodriguez (17 HR, 84 RBI) also led the CL in homers and RBI in 2016 and 2015 respectively and both went on to be named the CL MVP as well. Winston-Salem's Chris Curley (24 HR, 92 RBI) and Ian Gac (33 HR, 96 RBI) also led the CL at year's end in homers in 2013 and 2011 while earning CL MVP honors... The last Mudcats player to finish a season as the league leader (tied with Mobile's Paul Goldschmidt) in homers was Neftali Soto who homered 30 times for the then-Southern League affiliated Mudcats in 2011... Carolina has never had a player finish the season as the league leader in both homers and RBI. However, George Canale led the Southern League in RBI (102) and was second in the home runs (21) in 1995; Mark Johnson led the SL in homers (23) and was third in RBI (85) in 1994.
STREAKS OF NOTE: Phil Bickford has pitched through 14.0 consecutive scoreless innings (4 BB, 16 SO) and seven straight scoreless appearances... Rob Henry started the season with six home runs over his first 16 games, but has not homered since 4/19 in Salem while going 64 games without a home run.
KINGS OF THE NORTH: The Mudcats are currently 36-24 versus Carolina League Northern Division teams this season. They have also gone 18-11 versus Northern Division teams since 6/11 (at FRE)... The Mudcats are, however, just 8-28 vs. Southern Division teams since 5/25 (vs. DE, 2.5 G back of first before 5/25) and had suffered nine straight losses in games versus Southern Division teams before defeating the Pelicans 3-2 on 7/19.
BACK STOP SPLITS: Payton Henry and Mario Feliciano have split catching duties this season with Henry starting 60 games behind the plate and Feliciano starting 57 games at catcher... The Carolina pitching staff is 33-27 and has totaled a 3.52 ERA (3.0 BB/9, 8.7 SO/9, 37.6 CS%) in games started by and caught by Henry... Carolina's pitchers are 26-31 with a 4.22 ERA (3.1 BB/9, 8.0 SO/9, 30.0 CS%) in games caught by Feliciano.
ALL THE Ks: The Carolina offense has combined to total a Carolina League high 1,207 strikeouts this season (6th most in MiLB). The Mudcats are on pace to set both a CL and franchise record for most strikeouts for the third straight season.
THE TOP 30: The Carolina roster currently features five of Milwaukee's Top 30 prospects (as rated by MLBPipeline.com) including No. 1 INF Brice Turang, No. 2 OF Tristen Lutz, No. 8 LHP Aaron Ashby, No. 9 C Mario Feliciano and No. 16 C Payton Henry.
THE MUDCATS HAVE...
... played in Zebulon, NC since 1991 (29th season).
... played in the Carolina League since 2012 (8th season).
... been an affiliate of the Brewers since 2017 (3rd season).
... not made the playoffs since the 2008 season.
... not made the playoffs during their Carolina League era.
... operated under the ownership of the Brewers since Oct. 2017.
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