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August 30 - Carolina Mudcats Game Information

August 30, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Carolina Mudcats News Release

Following last night's home schedule finale loss, the Mudcats begin their final road trip of the 2019 season tonight with the first game of a four game series in Salem, VA versus the Salem Red Sox... Tonight's game is the first of four in the series and the 11th of 15 total games between the two teams this season. The Mudcats currently own a 6-4 advantage in the overall season series between the two teams; having gone 3-3 versus the Red Sox at home and 3-1 in Salem. Tonight's game is also the fourth of seven second half meetings between the two teams.

Tonight's game will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Haley Toyota Field in Salem, VA 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.

CAROLINA MUDCATS (MILWAUKEE BREWERS) at SALEM RED SOX (BOSTON RED SOX)

Friday, August 30, 2019 | 7:05 PM | Game 136, Away Game 66 | 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: 65-70; SAL: 63-70

Streaks: CAR: L1; SAL: W1

Last 10 Games: CAR: 3-7, SAL: 7-3

Home Record: CAR: 37-33; SAL: 33-32

Road Record: CAR: 28-37; SAL: 30-38

Division Record: CAR: 25-44; SAL: 29-31

Current Series: First game (of 4)

Season Series: CAR leads 6-4 (of 15)

CAR v. OPP: 3-3 @CAR (7), 3-1 @OPP (8)

UPCOMING PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS...

FRI, 8/30 at SAL, 7:05 PM: Carolina LHP Aaron Ashby (2-6, 3.69) at Salem RHP Andrew Politi (5-2, 3.51)

SAT, 8/31 at SAL, 6:05 PM: Carolina RHP Matt Smith (4-12, 3.75) at Salem LHP Jonathan Diaz (8-8, 4.08)

SUN, 9/1 at SAL, 2:05 PM: Carolina RHP Wuilder Rodriguez (0-2, 9.95) at Salem RHP Thaddeus Ward (3-3, 2.33)

TONIGHT: Following last night's home schedule finale loss, the Mudcats begin their final road trip of the 2019 season tonight with the first game of a four game series in Salem, VA versus the Salem Red Sox... Tonight's game is the first of four in the series and the 11th of 15 total games between the two teams this season. The Mudcats currently own a 6-4 advantage in the overall season series between the two teams; having gone 3-3 versus the Red Sox at home and 3-1 in Salem. Tonight's game is also the fourth of seven second half meetings between the two teams.

ICYMI: Starter Nelson Hernandez allowed a run in the first and four in the fifth as the Mudcats fell 5-0 to Fayetteville in the club's final home game of the 2019 season. The victory clinched a post-season berth for the Woodpeckers and dropped Carolina to 3-4 in its final home stand of the year.

ABOUT THE LAST ONE: The Mudcats were shutout for the tenth time and fell to 9-10 in shutouts this season after last night's 5-0 loss to the now playoff bound Woodpeckers (Fayetteville clinched a post-season berth with the win). The shutout loss was also Carolina's fifth since 7/24... Carolina went 10-9 in shutouts last season, 12-8 in shutouts in 2017, 6-8 in 2016, 12-13 in 2015, 3-11 in 2014, 9-9 in 2013 and 8-12 in 2012.

CAROLINA'S STARTING PITCHER(S)...

Aaron Ashby: 2-6, 3.69 ERA, 12 GS, 61.0 IP, 31 BB, 51 SO, 1.38 WHIP

Last start, 8/24 vs. LYN: ND, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1/1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 62 p.

2019 WIS/CAR: 5-10, 3.61 ERA, 23/22 G/GS, 122.0 IP, 59 BB, 101 SO, .227 AVG, 1.30 WHIP

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 (.366)... Matt Hardy is currently tied for 9th in the CL in wins (7) and 8th in games (38)... J.T. Hintzen is tied for 3rd in the CL in games (41)... Cody Beckman and Michael Petersen are tied for 6th in the CL in games (40)... 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 5th in the CL in ERA (3.75), 6th 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 .250 .780

Feliciano, M CAR 32 10 .299 1.005

Corredor, A POT 32 4 .263 .685

Henry, R CAR 30 3 .228 .777

Reetz, J POT 30 7 .274 .926

HEATING UP: Brice Turang is batting .306/.457/.361 with an .818 OPS over his last 10 games (11-for-36, 8 R, 2 2B,1 RBI, 9 BB)... Pat McInerney is batting .308/.317/.487 with a .804 OPS and four doubles over his last 10 games (12-for-39, 4 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI)... Rob Henry had two hits last night and is 4-for-13 over his last four (.308/.400/.462, .862 OPS, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB).

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 14-32 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 10-24 since 7/24... The Carolina offense has combined to hit just .205 with 3.13 R/G and a run differential of -45 runs since 7/10 and have hit .206 with 3.18 R/G and a -32 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 (currently on the IL) totaled a Mudcats franchise record 22 hit by pitches this season. Henry 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 105 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 1,379 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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