Potomac Nationals (35-28) vs. Carolina Mudcats (27-35)

Washington Nationals vs. Cleveland Indians
Game #63 of 138 / Home Game #34 (13-20)
Pitching Probables: POT-RH Dakota Bacus vs CAR-RH Michael Peoples
Tuesday June 10, 2014 | Five County Stadium | Zebulon, N.C. | 7:00 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

Carolina Mudcats logoUPCOMING SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
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
Saturday, June 14 at Wilmington (KC): CAR-LH Shawn Morimando vs WIL-TBA – 7:05 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Sunday, June 15 at Wilmington (KC): CAR-RH D.J. Brown vs WIL-TBA – 1:35 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app

The Series vs Potomac — The Mudcats welcome the Potomac Nationals to Five County Stadium for the second time this year. The clubs met in the opening series of the season, splitting four games. The Mudcats trail the overall series against Potomac 27-22. However, the Mudcats are 16-9 against the P-Nats in Zebulon, including victories in the first eight meetings.

Last Time Out — The Potomac Nationals scored three times in the eighth to score a 5-4 win over the Carolina Mudcats and spoiled another great outing by Shawn Morimando in the process. The southpaw held Potomac to two runs on two hits across 6 1/3 innings. LeVon Washington, Joe Sever and Luigi Rodriguez eached collected two hits for Carolina. Josh Martin suffered his first blown save and fell to 3-4 on the year.

Michael Peoples - #22 Carolina Mudcats

#22 – Michael Peoples Bats/Throws: Right/Right Height/Weight: 6-5/190
Born: 9/5/91 in Weatherford, TX | Resides: Weatherford, TX Opening Day Age: 22
Acquired by Indians: 14th round selection by Indians in 2012
Features: FB, CV, CH

#22 – Michael Peoples

Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight: 6-5/190
Born: 9/5/91 in Weatherford, TX | Resides: Weatherford, TX
Opening Day Age: 22
Acquired by Indians: 14th round selection by Indians in 2012
Features: FB, CV, CH
Tonight’s Pitching Probables — Michael Peoples starts for Carolina tonight on good rest. The right-hander last started on Saturday, May 31. He made a rain-shortened appearance in relief of D.J. Brown on June 5 against Winston-Salem. He shutout the Dash over 1 2/3 innings. Peoples has allowed just four earned runs over his last 13 2/3 innings. He is 2-6 with a 5.36 ERA. Dakota Bacus makes his seventh start, 14th appearance, for Potomac. The right-hander owns a 2-1 record and a 3.12 ERA. Bacus has surrendered 12 runs in 32 innings as a starter.

“Money”mando — Shawn Morimando continued terrorizing opposing bats on Monday night. The left-hander owns four straight quality starts since back-to-back bad outings at the beginning of May. In those four outings, Morimando has allowed six earned runs in 24 1/3 innings, a 2.24 ERA. He is 2-0 during this stretch.

Almost Got ‘Em — The Mudcats have suffered two consecutive one-run defeats during this three-game slide. The club held a lead of two or more runs in both, but failed to hold them. Monday’s loss marked just the fourth time Carolina lost after leading through seven innings. The team is 6-9 in one-run games and 13-20 in tilts decided by two or less.

Quality Starts — Shawn Morimando dealt his seventh quality start of 2013 and sits one behind teammate Ryan Merritt who leads the club with eight. Overall, Carolina starters own 27 quality starts in 62 games. The Mudcats are 17-10 when a starter pitches a quality outing.

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 76.0 innings. His ERA is ahead of 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 in a row from May 6-July 19.

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).

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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