Carolina Mudcats (9-11, 31-59) vs. Frederick Keys (9-12, 43-47)
Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles
Game #91 of 140 / Road Game #44 (11-32)
Pitching Probables: CAR-LH Shawn Morimando vs. FRE-RH Zach Clark
Saturday July 13, 2013 | Harry Grove Stadium | Frederick, Md. | 6:00 p.m. ET
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Carolina League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
Five County Stadium| 1501 NC Highway 39 | Zebulon, NC 27597
Mudcats vs Frederick — Carolina finishes the back-half of this eight-game road trip with four in Frederick, Md. The Keys have been a pesky bunch against Carolina this year, winning eight of 11 meetings so far. Frustratingly for the Muddies, five of their eight losses to the Orioles’ Advanced-A affiliate have come by a one run. Frederick is 10-4 at home against the Mudcats. The Keys lead the all-time series 20-11.
Tonight’s Probable Pitchers — Shawn Morimando hopes to sail his season out of rough waters tonight. The southpaw hasn’t won since June 3rd, enduring four losses since. His ERA is 4.03 over his last six starts. His command has suffered over his last two outings, issuing 10 walks in 7.1 innings. Frederick counters with right-hander Zach Clark. A former Major League pitcher, Clark returns to Advanced-A to work on a knuckleball pitch. He makes his first start for the Keys tonight.
Last Time Out — The Frederick Keys scored a walk-off victory on Friday night against the Carolina Mudcats. Christian Walker’s sac-fly to right field plated the winning tally in a 1-0 final. Owen Dew suffered the loss. The Mudcats were held to four hits, and had the potential go-ahead run in scoring position five times.
Lindor Rising — The Cleveland Indians confirmed Saturday morning that shortstop Francisco Lindor will be promoted to AA-Akron on Monday. The 19-year-old from Caguas, Puerto Rico, is in New York City this weekend for the Sirius/XM Futures Game. Lindor will play for the World Team at Citi Field on Sunday, July 14th. The Indians’ 2011 first rounder departs Carolina with 100 base hits, 20 stolen bases, six triples, 27 RBI and a .306 batting average.
Transactions — The Cleveland Indians announced three moves affecting the Carolina Mudcats on Friday, July 11th. Pitcher Jeff Johnson, who the led the team with eight saves, was promoted to AA-Akron. Pitchers Cole Cook and J.D. Reichenbach were transferred to Carolina from AA-Akron. The roster stands at 24 players, plus seven on the disabled list.
Peaks and Valleys — The Mudcats found themselves shutout for the seventh time this year Friday night, and the fourth time in 10 games. The Muddies haven’t taken kindly to being held without a run, however, as they’ve followed their last three skunkings with victories. In the five games around the shutouts, the Mudcats have plated 41 runs on 66 hits. The Mudcats’ seven shutout losses are second most in the CL, behind the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ nine.
Big Country Cody — Cody Anderson turned in a career effort in Friday’s loss. The right-hander from Quincy, Calif., hurled seven scoreless innings. He scattered a season-low three hits against the Keys in a no decision. Through 18 starts, Anderson owns a CL-best 2.36 ERA, and his seven wins are second most. He owns six quality starts, and has not lost a decision since June 6th.
Ain’t No Joe Schmoe — With little fanfare, second baseman Joey Wendle continues to wow on-lookers in his first campaign with the Mudcats. Of active hitters, the former West Chester University star leads the CL for average (.321), slugging percentage (.602), is second in on-base percentage (.403) and sixth in home runs (12). His OPS is an incredible 1.005 through 59 games. Wendle leads the team with RBI (42). Showing sneaky quickness, Wendle is 7×7 in stolen bases this year. With two bombs on Monday night, the 22-year-old became the first Mudcat since Giovanny Urshela to homer twice in a game.
Injury Report — The Mudcats have seven players on the disabled list. The Indians’ placed outfielder Luigi Rodriguez (L shoulder strain) and pitcher Francisco Jimenez (L lat strain) on the disabled list July 9th. Catcher Charlie Valerio is on the disabled list with a left thumb sprain. Pitchers Jacob Lee and Mason Radeke are both down with right forearm injuries. They join pitcher Elvis Araujo who was sidelined with a shoulder strain. The Indians placed outfielder Anthony Gallas (left shoulder strain) on the 7-day disabled list back on April 29th.
Upcoming Promotions — The Sweetright Brothers come to Five County Stadium on Saturday, August 20th when the Mudcats host the Winston-Salem Dash. The Muddies will also giveaway a Muddy Pillow Case, presented by The Law Office of John Orcutt. The East Carolina University Pirates set sail for Five County Stadium and Pirate Night on Wednesday, August 14th. ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher will throw the first pitch, and Peedee the Pirate will be in the house when Carolina takes on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans! For tickets, call 919-269-2287 or visit carolinamudcats.com.