Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
Game #78 of 137 / Road Game #38 (17-20)
Pitching Probables: CAR-RH Cole Sulser vs WS-RH Tony Bucciferro
Sunday June 29, 2014 | BB&T Ballpark | Winston-Salem, N.C. | 5:00 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 30 at Winston-Salem (CWS): CAR-RH Adam Plutko vs WS-RH Terance Marin – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Tuesday, July 1 vs Lynchburg (ATL): CAR-LH Shawn Morimando vs LYN-RH Lucas Sims – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Wednesday, July 2 vs Lynchburg (ATL): CAR-LH Ryan Merritt vs LYN-RH Cody Scarpetta – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Thursday, July 3 vs Lynchburg (ATL): CAR-RH Michael Peoples vs LYN-LH Daniel Watts – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
Friday, July 4 vs Lynchburg (ATL): CAR-RH Cole Sulser vs SAL-TBA – 7:00 p.m., WDWG FM 98.5, AM 960 WRNS, carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn app
#13 – Cole Sulser
Born: 3/12/90 in Poway, CA | Resides: Santa Ysabel, CA
Opening Day Age: 24
Acquired by Indians: 25th round selection in 2013 draft
Features: FB, SL, CH
– Allowed a Mudcats CL era record 10 runs on June 19 vs Frederick
– In final start of 2013 vs Auburn, carried a perfect game into 7th, allowed leadoff single
– Finished the year with back-to-back 10-strikeout performances
– Recorded 25 strikeouts with a 0.53 ERA in his last 17.0 innings
– Selected out of Dartmouth College
– Left Darthmouth second in all-time wins with 20
– Missed the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery
– Earned a spot on the 2011 All-Ivy League team
– Graduated with two degrees: BA in Engineering Sciences and in Mechanical Engineering
– Able to play with his brother Beau
The Series vs Winston-Salem — The Winston-Salem Dash and Carolina Mudcats split the first six meetings of the season. The Dash won the first series at BB&T Ballpark by taking two-of-three and are 16-8 all-time at home against the Mudcats. Winston-Salem holds a 26-21 series edge since the teams began play in 2012.
Last Time Out — The Mudcats overcame deficits of five and two runs to stun the Winston-Salem Dash 11-9 on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. The clubs combined for 30 hits and every batter came away with at least one. Michael Peoples earned the victory by limiting the Dash to one unearned run over 3 2/3 innings in relief. Jacob Lee finished the game for his second save. Jeremy Lucas, Yandy Diaz, Logan Vick and Alex Monsalve finished with two RBI each.
Tonight’s Pitching Probables — Cole Sulser takes to the mound as the Mudcats attempt to win their second se- ries at BB&T Ballpark in three visits. It’s the right-hander’s prior start against the Dash, he allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. Sulser struggled in his two appearances since the All-Star Break, allowing 13 runs on 13 hits in 10 1/3 innings. Tony Bucciferro makes his second start against the Mudcats. The right-hander leads the CL with 92 1/3 innings pitched and has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 6.The match-up with Carolina on June 5 was the only time since May 16th that he failed to pitch six innings.
Cardiac ‘cats — The Mudcats stormed back from a 6-1 hole on Saturday night to claim their fifth win of the sec- ond half. Like a prize fighter, the club has picked themselves up off the mat to overcome large deficits over the last week. On June 19, the Mudcats trailed the Frederick Keys 10-2 after five innings, but scored nine unanswered to win by one. It was the largest comeback in the history of the Mudcats franchise, surpassing a seven-run rally by the 2003 club in Chattanooga.
Swarming the Bases — Through 77 games, the Mudcats it second in the CL with 296 walks. All that patience has helped the team lead the circuit with a .344 team OBP. The Mudcats are middle of the pack in hits (674) and bat- ting average (.263). All the base runners have not exactly translated to runs, however, as the team has the third fewest runs scored (338) and has stranded a league-high 592.
The Hot Hand — Luigi Rodriguez has found his stride over the last month for the Mudcats. Through the past 20 games, Rodriguez is hitting .369 (24×65) with four doubles, a triple and three home runs. He has plated eight runners and scored 14 times. Rodriguez owns 16 walks and a .488 OBP during this span. He pieced together a nine-game hitting streak from June 14-25, third longest on the team this season.
Roster Roulette — The look of the Mudcats’ lineup continues to change for various reasons. Todd Hankins was sidelined on June 25 with a right oblique strain. Shortstop Erik Gonzalez was promoted to Akron on June 27. Ol- lie Linton returned to Carolina on June 26, but was sent back to the Double-A club prior to tonight’s game by the Cleveland Indians. Outfielders Logan Vick and Cody Ferrell were promoted to Carolina from Lake County. This will be Vick’s third stint with the Mudcats. This will be Ferrell’s Carolina League debut.
Muddy’s Tales — The Mudcats return home for six games with the Lynchburg Hillcats and Salem Red Sox. The homestand features an Independence Day celebration with Fireworks on July 3, 4 and 5. The series with the Red Sox wraps up with World Cup Day and Kids Run the Bases, presented by Amerigas, on Sunday, July 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (919) 269-2287 or by visiting carolinamudcats.com.
Sensational Season — Ryan Merritt continued his dominating campaign with another victory against the Salem Red Sox on Friday night. Merritt dealt 7 1/3 innings for his eighth win and improved to 3-1 against the Red Sox (1.46 ERA). The southpaw has gone seven innings or more in seven starts this year. His eight wins are most in the CL and his 1.58 ERA ranks third in all of MiLB. Merritt’s 0.91 WHIP ranks sixth in MiLB. His only two losing decisions were shutout losses. The Texan has collected personal hardward as well; starting the 2014 Carolina/California League All-Star game and earning CL Pitcher of the Week honors for June 16-22.
“Money”mando — One would be hard-pressed to find a pitcher that’s been more dominant over the last month than Shawn Morimando. The left-hander has dealt seven straight quality starts and is tied for the CL lead with seven victories. The Virginian is 2-0 in June with a 1.78 ERA in six starts. The Frederick Keys have suffered the most at the hands of Morimando. He owns a 4-0 record against the Orioles’ affiliate and a 1.09 ERA across 24 2/3 innings.
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).
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).