August 29 - Carolina Mudcats Game Information
Following last night's victory, the Mudcats conclude their final home stand of the 2019 season tonight with the finale of a four game series versus the Fayetteville Woodpeckers at Five County Stadium... Tonight's game is the fourth and final game in the series and the final game of 20 total games between the two teams this season. The Mudcats won last night 5-0 and trail the current series 2-1; the Woodpeckers also lead the overall season series 10-9 between the two teams. Tonight's game is also the seventh of seven second half meetings between the two teams... Following last night's victory, Carolina is now at 3-3 in it what is its final home stand of the season.
Tonight's game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC and will air live on the Mudcats Radio Network, The Big Dawg 98.5 FM and at carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio. The game will also stream live in full HD video on MiLB.tv via paid subscription.
FAYETTEVILLE WOODPECKERS (HOUSTON ASTROS) at CAROLINA MUDCATS (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)
Thursday, August 29, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Game 135, Home Game 70 | Five County Stadium (6,500) | Zebulon, NC
RADIO: WDWG, 98.5 FM
STREAMING AUDIO: carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio
STREAMING VIDEO: MiLB.tv
Overall Record: CAR: 65-69; FAY: 67-66
Streaks: CAR: W1; FAY: L1
Last 10 Games: CAR: 4-6, FAY: 6-4
Home Record: CAR: 37-32; FAY: 33-33
Road Record: CAR: 28-37; FAY: 34-33
Division Record: CAR: 25-43; FAY: 34-30
Current Series: FAY leads 2-1 (of 4)
Season Series: FAY leads 10-9 (of 20)
CAR v. OPP: 5-4 @CAR (10), 4-6 @OPP (10)
UPCOMING PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS...
THU, 8/29 vs. FAY, 7:00 PM: Fayetteville RHP Austin Hansen (3-2, 3.38) at Carolina RHP Nelson Hernandez (11-9, 4.46)
FRI, 8/30 at SAL, 7:05 PM: Carolina RHP Christian Taugner (5-10, 5.16) at Salem RHP Andrew Politi (5-2, 3.51)
SAT, 8/31 at SAL, 6:05 PM: Carolina LHP Aaron Ashby (2-6, 3.69) at Salem LHP Jonathan Diaz (8-8, 4.08)
TONIGHT: Following last night's victory, the Mudcats conclude their final home stand of the 2019 season tonight with the finale of a four game series versus the Fayetteville Woodpeckers at Five County Stadium... Tonight's game is the fourth and final game in the series and the final game of 20 total games between the two teams this season. The Mudcats won last night 5-0 and trail the current series 2-1; the Woodpeckers also lead the overall season series 10-9 between the two teams. Tonight's game is also the seventh of seven second half meetings between the two teams... Following last night's victory, Carolina is now at 3-3 in it what is its final home stand of the season.
ICYMI: Scotty Sunitsch struck out a career high eight over five scoreless one-hit innings, Pat McInerney had a two-run home run in the fourth and a RBI single in the sixth and Phil Bickford struck out five over two scoreless frames while finishing off a 5-0 Carolina victory versus Fayetteville on Wednesday night at Five County Stadium.
ABOUT THE LAST ONE: Carolina improved to 9-9 in shutouts this season with last night's 5-0 blanking of the Woodpeckers... The Mudcats were held without a hit over the first three innings of last night's game before Brice Turang the fourth with a leadoff single in the fourth. Carolina's offense has been held without a hit through the third inning in six of its last 14 games and in each of its three games in the current series vs. Fayetteville.
WHERE THEY RANK: Payton Henry is tied for 4th in the CL in home runs (14), 3rd in RBI (75) and 8th in extra-base hits (37)... Rob Henry is currently 7th in the CL in OBP (.365)... Matt Hardy is currently tied for 8th in the CL in wins (7) and 8th in games (38)... J.T. Hintzen and Cody Beckman are currently tied for 3rd in the CL in games (40)... Michael Petersen is 7th in the CL in games (39)... Noah Zavolas is currently 2nd in the CL in ERA (2.98), 4th in innings pitched (133.0) and 2nd in WHIP (1.14), 1st in BB/9 (1.56) and 1st in K/BB (4.43)... Matt Smith is currently 4th in the CL in ERA (3.75), 8th in WHIP (1.31) and 6th in K/BB (2.75).
CAROLINA LEAGUE LEADERS - TWO-OUT RBI
PLAYER TEAM RBI HR AVG OPS
Henry, P CAR 38 7 .252 .785
Feliciano, M CAR 32 10 .299 1.005
Henry, R CAR 30 3 .235 .798
Reetz, J POT 30 7 .274 .926
HEATING UP: Brice Turang has hit safely in seven of his last nine games and is batting .333/.463/.394 with an .857 OPS during that span of games (11-for-33, 8 R, 2 2B,1 RBI, 7 BB)... Pat McInerney is slugging .514 with a .839 OPS (.314 AVG, .324 OBP) over his last nine games (11-for-35, 4 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI).
DOG DAY SUCCESSES: Phil Bickford pitched through eight scoreless appearance and 16.0 scoreless innings in August (16.0 IP, 3 BB, 27 SO, 0.50 WHIP)... Matt Hardy has pitched to a 0.53 ERA over seven games, including two starts, in August (17.0 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 SO, 1.12 WHIP)... Peter Strzelecki has totaled 19 SO against just one walk over eight games in August (14.1 IP, 4 ER, 2 HB, 0.84 WHIP).
OF LATE: The Mudcats have gone just 14-31 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... They have also gone just 10-23 since 7/24... The Carolina offense has combined to hit just .206 with 3.2 R/G and a run differential of -40 runs since 7/10 and have hit .208 with 3.27 R/G and a -27 run differential since 7/24.
BICKFORD'S RUN: Phil Bickford has pitched through 24.2 consecutive scoreless innings (6 BB, 38 SO, 13.9 SO/9) dating back to 6/30. He has not allowed a run since giving up a three-run home run that scored two inherited runners on 6/30 vs. the Nationals at Five County Stadium. That homer came off the bat of Bickford's first batter faced after he had taken over the ninth in relief of Clayton Andrews; Bickford went on to record two outs after the homer and has not allowed a run since. Bickford has additionally pitched through 13 straight scoreless appearances from 7/9 through 8/28 (24.0 IP, 6 BB, 38 SO, .143 AVG)... Among Carolina League pitchers with at least 30.0 IP, Bickford is currently 2nd in K/9 (15.26), 1st in K% (42.3%), 1st in xFIP (1.94) and tied for 5th in SwStr% (16.4%) per fangraphs.com.
RECORD SETTING: Payton Henry has totaled a Mudcats franchise record 22 hit by pitches this season. Henry has also tied the all-time team record for double plays hit into (18) this season... The Carolina offense has combined to total a CL high and franchise record 101 hit by pitches this season; previous high was 73 HBP in 2010 and 2013.. The Carolina offense has combined to total a Carolina League and franchise record 1,365 strikeouts this season (currently the most in the CL and 4th most in MiLB). Carolina batters combined to total a CL and franchise record 1,311 strikeouts last season; breaking the previous CL and franchise record of 1,245 SO set by Carolina in 2017.
MVP: Mario Feliciano was named the 2019 Carolina League Most Valuable Player on 8/22. Feliciano is the first Mudcats player to win the MVP award since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League for the 2012 season. Feliciano, however, is the fifth player overall in team history to be named league MVP as Mark Johnson (1994), Jason Kendall (1995), Gaby Sanchez (2008) and Dave Sappelt (2010) were all named Southern League MVP during Carolina's Double-A and Southern League era (1991-2011). Feliciano also earned post-season All-Star honors at catcher... Feliciano was recently promoted to Double-A Biloxi by the Brewers (8/25).
P.O.Y.: Noah Zavolas was named the 2019 Carolina League Pitcher of the Year on 8/22. Zavolas is the second Mudcats pitcher in team history to earn the Carolina League's Pitcher of the Year award, joining Cody Anderson who won the same award following the 2013 season. Former Mudcats pitcher Travis Wood was additionally named the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher during his 2009 season with Carolina. Zavolas also earned post-season All-Star honors at starting pitcher.
EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: Recently promoted Carolina League MVP Mario Feliciano currently leads the CL in home runs (19) and is second in RBI (81) this season. 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.
THE TOP 30: The Carolina roster currently features five of Milwaukee's Top 30 prospects per MLBPipeline.com... No. 1 INF Brice Turang, No. 8 LHP Aaron Ashby, 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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