Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
Game #61 of 138 / Road Game #29 (14-14)
Pitching Probables: CAR-RH Adam Plutko vs WS-RH Tyler Danish
Sunday June 8, 2014 | BB&T Ballpark | Winston-Salem, N.C. | 2:00 p.m. ET
Mudcats Radio Network: WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, Pirate Radio AM 1250 & AM 930, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn App … Darren Headrick-play-by-play
UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
Monday, June 9 vs Potomac (WAS): CAR-LH Shawn Morimando vs POT-RH Brett Brach – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Tuesday, June 10 vs Potomac (WAS): CAR-RH Michael Peoples vs POT-RH Dakota Bacus – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Wednesday, June 11 vs Potomac (WAS): CAR-LH Ryan Merritt vs POT-RH Blake Schwartz – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Thursday, June 12 at Wilmington (KC): CAR-RH Cole Sulser vs WIL-TBA – 7:05 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Friday, June 13 at Wilmington (KC): CAR-RH Adam Plutko vs WIL-TBA – 7:05 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Tonight’s Mudcats Starting Pitcher
#44 – Adam Plutko
Born: 10/3/91 in Pomona, CA | Resides: Huntington Beach, CA
Opening Day Age: 22
Acquired by Indians: 11th round selection in 2013 draft
Features: FB, CH, SL, CV
– Considered the 18th overall prospect in the Indians system by Baseball America
– Made 10 starts for Lake County
– Earned his first professional victory on May 1st with a 5-4 decision over West Michigan
– Drafted out of UCLA
– Left the Bruins program with the 2nd most wins in program history (29)
– His career ERA of 2.25 and 272 strikeouts both rank seventh in school history
– Finished 10-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 19 starts his junior year
– Led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship in baseball, defeating Mississippi State
– Earned wins against LSU and in Game 1 of the College World Series championship set vs Miss State
– Named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player
– College teammates with the Indians’ Trevor Bauer
– Played on USA Collegiate National Team in summer of 2012
– Selected by the Astros in the 6th round of the 2010 draft but did not sign
– Attended Glendora High School
– Older sister Sara played soccer at Oregon
The Series vs Winston-Salem — The Carolina Mudcats make their first trip to the Triad for a rematch against the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. Since the series began in 2012, Winston-Salem owns a 25-20 mark. However, the Mudcats got the better of the Dash by winning 11 of 20 meetings last summer. The Mudcats have won three of the last four meetings at BB&T Ballpark, but the Dash are 15-7 against the Mudcats in their home stadium.
Last Time Out — The Carolina Mudcats held three early leads, but the Winston-Salem Dash rallied for a 7-5 win on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. Michael Marjama put the Dash over the top with a home run off Clayton Cook to begin the seventh. Cook suffered his second loss. Luigi Rodriguez homered and finished 2-for-3. Jerrud Sabourin also recorded two hits and a RBI.
Today’s Pitching Probables — Adam Plutko matches up against the Winston-Salem Dash for the second time in as many starts this afternoon. The Dash handed the right-hander his first CL defeat on June 3rd. Plutko allowed three runs on eight hits. He has gone six innings in both starts since his promotion from Lake County. Tyler Danish earned his first win as a Dash hurler against Carolina that same night. Danish shutout Carolina on two hits over six innings. He is 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA in four starts with Winston-Salem.
Adios Pelota — Luigi Rodriguez belted his third home run of the year on a towering fly to left-center Saturday night. It was the 33rd round-tripper of the season for Carolina, placing them in a tie with Winston-Salem for third most in the CL. Potomac has 38 and Myrtle Beach paces the field with 53. The Mudcats have clubbed four homers off the Dash in five games.
Fourth Win Hard to Find — The Mudcats own a trio of three-game winning streaks this year, but have yet to find that fourth consecutive win. The latest miss was Saturday’s 7-5 loss to Winston-Salem. The Mudcats won three straight before a 4-2 loss to Potomac on April 11 and three more before succumbing to Salem 18-2 on May 8.
Not a Bad Place Afterall — The Dash won 12 of the first 15 games against Carolina at BB&T Ballpark. However, the Mudcats have enjoyed a trip to the Triad as of late. The club won 3-of-4 in the final meeting of 2013. A win this afternoon secures their second series win over the Dash on enemy soil.
Chasing History — With 7.2 innings pitched on Friday night, Ryan Merritt lowered his ERA five points, down to 1.66. Through 12 starts overall, the southpaw has allowed 14 earned runs across a CL-best 76.0 innings. His ERA is ahead Cody Anderson, the Mudcats’ 2013 CL Pitcher of the Year. Anderson owned a 2.86 ERA through his first 12 starts last summer. Merritt’s current pace puts him second all-time among Mudcats qualified starters. Travis Wood’s 2009 campaign with Carolina still ranks tops. The left-hander finished with a 1.21 ERA in 19 starts, totaling 119 innings pitched. That summer, Wood won nine consecutive starts at one point.
Welcome to the Tribe — The Cleveland Indians had four of the first 61 draft picks this year. With the 21st overall selection, the Tribe took Bradley Zimmer, an outfielder from the University of San Francisco. The club chose, and signed, left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield from Tullhoma (TN) High School with the 31st overall pick. Outfielder Mike Papi from the University of Virginia went to the Indians with the 38th selection. Going 61st to the Indians was Grant Hockin, a right-handed pitcher out of Damien High School (CA).
Muddy’s Tales — The Mudcats host the Potomac Nationals for a three-game set beginning Monday, June 9th. It will be the final homestand before the All-Star break. The series with the P-Nats features Dollar Dog Night on Tuesday, June 10. All three games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (919) 269-2287 or by visiting carolinamudcats.com.
Carolina All-Stars — The Mudcats had three players selected to the 2014 Carolina League All-Star team. LHP Ryan Merritt, infielder Erik Gonzalez and outfielder Anthony Gallas were named All-Stars. It is the first All-Star selection for Merritt and Gonzalez. It is the second for Gallas, his first being in 2011 in the Midwest League with Lake County. Merritt leads the league in wins (6), ERA (1.66), WHIP (0.97) and ranks second in innings pitched (76.0) and batting average against (.208). Gonzalez owned a 16-game hitting streak from April 8-24 and Gallas sits fourth in MiLB with 21 doubles.
Wakefield Elected to Southern League Hall of Fame — Tim Wakefield was named a part of the inaugural Southern League Hall of Fame class today. The knuckler spent 17 successful years in Boston, but came up through the minors with Pittsburg. Wakefield won 18 games with the Carolina Mudcats, but his most successful year came in 1991, the Mudcats’ inaugural season in the Southern League. Wakefield set some club records that still hold up today. He has the record for Wins in a Single Season (15), Complete Games in a Single Season (8) and Innings Pitched in a Single Season (183). Wakefield was also the club leader that year in ERA (2.93) and Strikeouts (123).