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June 16 - Carolina Mudcats Game Notes

June 16, 2019 - Carolina League (CarL) - Carolina Mudcats News Release

Following last night's 4-2 victory, the Mudcats conclude their first half schedule with the finale of a four game home series versus the Winston-Salem Dash at Five County Stadium... Carolina won last night's game 4-2 while taking a 2-1 series lead in the four game set with the visiting Dash... Tonight's game is the final meeting of eight first half games and eighth of 14 total games between the two teams this season. The Dash, meanwhile, lead the overall season series 4-3 having earlier taken three of four versus the Mudcats in Winston-Salem between May 29 and June 1. Tonight's game will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC and will air live on WDWG, 98.5 FM and online at carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio. The game will also stream live in full high-definition video via MiLB.tv.

WINSTON-SALEM DASH (CHICAGO WHITE SOX) at CAROLINA MUDCATS (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)

Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 2:00 PM | Game 69, Home Game 35 | Five County Stadium | Zebulon, NC

RADIO: WDWG, The Big Dawg 98.5 FM

STREAMING AUDIO: carolinamudcats.com via TuneIn Radio

STREAMING VIDEO: MiLB.tv

Overall Record: CAR: 39-29; WS: 37-25

Streaks: CAR: W1; WS: W1

Last 10 Games: CAR: 6-4, WS: 8-2

Home Record: CAR: 20-14; WS: 18-13

Road Record: CAR: 19-15; WS: 19-12

Division Record: CAR: 19-15; WS: 14-10

Current Series: CAR leads 2-1 (of 4)

Season Series: WS leads 4-3 (of 14)

CAR v. OPP: 2-1 @CAR (7), 1-3 @OPP (7)

UPCOMING PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS...

SUN, 6/16 vs. WS, 2:00 PM: Winston-Salem RHP Jorgan Cavanerio (2-0, 3.90) at Carolina RHP Matt Smith (2-5, 3.66)

MON, 6/17: Off, All-Star Break

TUE, 6/18: Off, All-Star Game in Frederick, MD

TONIGHT: Following last night's 4-2 victory, the Mudcats conclude their first half schedule with the finale of a four game home series versus the Winston-Salem Dash at Five County Stadium... Carolina won last night's game 4-2 while taking a 2-1 series lead in the four game set with the visiting Dash... Tonight's game is the final meeting of eight first half games and eighth of 14 total games between the two teams this season. The Dash, meanwhile, lead the overall season series 4-3 having earlier taken three of four versus the Mudcats in Winston-Salem between May 29 and June 1.

ICYMI: Ryan Aguilar broke up a no-hit bid with a game tying, two-out single in the sixth and Tristen Lutz broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run, two-out double in the eighth as the Mudcats defeated the Dash 4-2 on Saturday night at Five County Stadium.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Mudcats totaled just two hits in last night's 4-2 victory versus the Dash at Five County Stadium. Carolina's two-hit victory was the club's second such victory this season. They also managed just two hits in a 2-1 victory on 4/6 at DE.

TONIGHT'S CAROLINA MUDCATS STARTING PITCHER...

Matt Smith: 2-5, 3.66 ERA, 14 G, 8 GS, 51.2 IP, 16 BB, 41 SO, 1.24 WHIP

Last outing... 6/11 at FRE: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 76 pitches

Currently 1-3 with a 3.21 ERA as a starter (8 GS, 33.2 IP, 7 BB, 24 SO).

Has allowed 8 HR in 2019; tied for 2nd most homers allowed in CL.

OVER THE HILL: The Mudcats earned their 39th win of the first half last night while improving to 39-29 on the season. With a win today, Carolina will become the first Mudcats team to reach 40 wins in the first half since 2005 when the then-Southern League affiliated Mudcats went 41-27 before the All-Star break.

HEY NOW: The Carolina League announced rosters on 6/11 for the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic and the Mudcats placed seven players to the Southern Division team with C Mario Feliciano, C Payton Henry, RHP Dylan File, RHP Noah Zavolas, RHP Rodrigo Benoit, RHP Matt Hardy and recently promoted OF Joantgel Segovia all receiving nominations to the upcoming All-Star event hosted by the Frederick Keys on June 18, 2019.

JUNE BATS: Through 15 games in June, the Mudcats are currently leading the Carolina League in nearly all team batting categories, including average (.260), OBP (.359), OPS (.782), home runs (14) and runs scored (75).

WHERE THEY RANK: Mario Feliciano is currently 1st in the CL in home runs (14), 1st in RBI (48), 2nd in slugging (.515), 4th in OPS (.832), 2nd in extra-base hits (27), 2nd in total bases (121), 10th in runs (37) and 10th in hits (65)... Ryan Aguilar is currently 5th in the CL in OBP (.401), 2nd in walks (44) and 2nd in runs (46)... Matt Hardy is currently 1st in the CL in wins (7) and tied for 2nd in games (21) with Cody Beckman... Rodrigo Benoit leads the CL in games (22) and is currently 3rd in the CL in saves (9)... Clayton Andrews is currently 3rd in the CL in saves (9)... Noah Zavolas is currently 11th in the CL in earned run average (3.60), 2nd in innings pitched (75.0) and 8th in WHIP (1.29). Zavolas is additionally 6th in the CL in FIP (3.36), 7th in xFIP (3.44), 2nd in BB/9 (1.44) and 2nd in K/BB (4.42) per Fangraphs.

CAROLINA LEAGUE LEADERS - TWO-OUT RBI

Player Team RBI HR AVG OPS

Henry, P CAR 23 5 .250 .808

Corredor, A POT 22 3 .236 .654

Feliciano, M CAR 20 6 .288 .992

Henry, R CAR 18 3 .278 .918

ALL THE Ks: Carolina batters have combined to total a Carolina League high 714 (tied for 3rd most in MiLB) strikeouts this season. The Mudcats are on pace to set a league and franchise record for strikeouts for the third straight season as they are on pace for 1,460 strikeouts this season. 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.

BACK STOP SPLITS: Payton Henry and Mario Feliciano have split catching duties this season with Henry totaling 35 games behind the plate and Feliciano catching 33 games. Henry, meanwhile, has caught back-to-back games twice this season on 4/14 & 4/15 and 6/3 & 6/4; Feliciano has caught back-to-back games once 6/14 & 6/15.... The Carolina pitching staff is 23-12 and has totaled a 3.24 ERA (2.9 BB/9, 8.9 SO/9) in games caught by Henry... Carolina's pitchers are 16-17 with a 4.55 ERA (3.3 BB/9, 8.0 SO/9) in games caught by Feliciano.

SUPER MARIO: Mario Feliciano was named the CL Player of the Week for the week of 6/3 through 6/9 after slashing .429/.500/1.286 with a league best 1.786 OPS (9-for-21, 8 R, 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 2 BB, 3 SO) during his award winning week of play. He also led the CL in home runs, RBI, slugging, OPS and total bases while taking the weekly award honor. Feliciano took over sole possession of the top spot on the Carolina League leader board for home runs this season after connecting on his 10th and 11th homers on 6/3 versus Frederick at Five County Stadium. Feliciano homered in four straight games between 6/3 and 6/7 while hitting five homers and bringing his league leading homer total to 14 on the season.

INVEST IN SILVA: Eddie Silva totaled a season high three hits while going 3-for-4 on 6/13 and went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs on 6/14. Silva has raised his average from .203 on 5/22 to .239 entering tonight's game while slashing .308/.393/.526 with a .919 OPS over his last 23 games (24 H, 12 R, 8 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 11 SO). The Brewers signed Silva as a non-drafted free agent last year on 6/27/18; Silva attended Florida International University.

SPELLS RELIEF: Matt Hardy allowed two inherited runners to score on 6/12 in Frederick (first inherited run allowed since 4/11 2 IR - 2 IRS), but is 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and 11.3 K/9 over his last seven appearances (16.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 BB, 21 SO)... J.T. Hintzen owns a 0.98 ERA and 11.8 K/9 over his last 12 appearances (18.1 IP, 2 ER, 8 BB, 24 SO)... Michael Petersen has allowed just one earned run over his last nine appearances and owns a 0.61 ERA, .160 average against and 9.8 K/9 since 5/12 (14.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 9 BB, 16 SO).

PEAKING: At 39-29, the Mudcats are currently 10 games above .500 and 9.5 games back of first place Down East in the CL Southern Division standings. Carolina has been as high as 11 games above .500 once (5/21) and 10 games above five times (5/18, 5/20, 5/22, 5/24, 6/13, 6/15) in 2019. Before this season, the last time a Mudcats team sat at least 10 games above .500 overall was on 7/27/08 when the then-Southern League Mudcats were 58-48 in the overall standings. That 2008 team was also at 27-17 in the second half on 8/4/08 and finished the year at 80-60 overall.

THE SKIPPER: Manager Joe Ayrault became the winningest manager in Carolina Mudcats team history after collecting his 177th victory as skipper in Carolina on 6/15/19 vs. Winston-Salem. Ayrault is in his third season as Manager of the Mudcats and his eighth season overall as Manager of Milwaukee's High-A affiliate...

MANAGER W L PCT G SEASONS

Joe Ayrault 177 167 .515 344 2017-Present (3)

David Bell 176 239 .424 415 2009-11 (3)

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).

... operated under the ownership of the Brewers since Oct. 2017.

... not made the playoffs since the 2008 season.

... not made the playoffs during their Carolina League era.


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