Fishing for Mudcats: 4/16/14 - 4/22/14
This past week, the Carolina Mudcats have played a lot of baseball competing in two doubleheaders and an extra inning game. The Mudcats were able to win four out of seven games, sweeping the Salem Red Sox in a doubleheader last Wednesday and taking two out of four against the Frederick Keys.
Carolina currently posts a 10-8 record and will be on the road all week, traveling to Wilmington, DE to face the Blue Rocks for the first time in 2014 before moving on to Frederick to play a second four game set in as many weeks.
Star of the Week
Ryan Merritt (LHP): 2 GS, 2-0, 12.2 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 10 K, 3 BB
Merritt was easily the star of the week for Carolina, collecting a win in both of his starts while allowing only one unearned run. In the second game of the doubleheader against Frederick, Merritt pitched a complete, seven inning game, and allowed only four hits with four strikeouts while not walking a single batter. By not allowing an earned run on the week Merritt lowered his season ERA to 0.37.
Erik Gonzalez (SS): 10-for-26, 6 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 1 HR
Gonzalez collected a hit in every game this past week, in extending his hitting streak to 14 games at week's end. In collecting 10 hits on the week, six were for extra bases, including his first round tripper of the season in Friday’s 11-inning loss to Frederick. Gonzalez also scored a team high six runs on the week including the game winning run in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader.
Logan Vick (OF): 4-for-19, 1 R, 2 SB, 4 BB, 5 K
While Vick is still marred in an early season slump, he has begun to show signs of breaking free collecting four hits on the week and also walking four times. The speedy outfielder also had only one multiple strikeout game while playing spectacular defense in center field at Five County Stadium.
Jeremy Lucas (C/1B): 6-for-20, 3 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB, 4 K
Lucas had a solid week at the plate collecting six hits and driving in three runs. No hit or RBI was bigger than his RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning in game two of Monday’s doubleheader that drove in Gonzalez for the winning run.
Grant Sides (RHP): 2 G, 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
After being re-activated early in the week, Sides made two relief appearances, lasting longer than two innings both times. Sides did a good job keeping opposing batters off the base paths allowing only four all week, and did not allow a runner to cross the plate.
On the Hook
Torsten Boss (2B): 1-for-13, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Boss is still attempting to get adjusted to new surroundings after being traded from the Orioles organization, but is still marred in early season struggles. On the season, Boss is hitting only .088, which is still better than his week’s average of .077. Boss seems lost at the plate, but if there is a positive, he is consistently making contact, striking out only three times on the week.
Michael Peoples (RHP): 1 GS, 0-1, 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 K, 2 BB
After skipping his last scheduled start, Peoples took the mound in game one of Monday’s doubleheader, and you knew it was going to be a rough start from the first pitch, which was ripped off the left field wall for a leadoff triple. Peoples struggled mightily with his command, having trouble locating both his fastball and his secondary pitches. The three innings pitched was the shortest outing by a Mudcats starter this season.
Alex Monsalve (C): 2-for-23, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Monsalve had trouble just making the barrel meet the ball this week, collecting only two hits and going hitless in six of seven games. While he did drive in three runs, Monsalve had a great deal of trouble getting on base, doing so just three times all week.
Fish Swimming Around
Right handed pitcher Grant Sides was re-activated from the "reserve" list at Mahoning Valley on Wednesday and pitched 4.1 innings for the Mudcats this week. Outfielder Luigi Rodriguez was activated from the disabled list on Thursday and has played in three games for the Mudcats.
Fish on the Line
Right hand pitcher Dylan Baker and outfielder LeVon Washington were both placed on the disabled list this week. Baker has a right ankle fracture with no immediate time table for his return. Washington has a strained left oblique and should not miss a considerable length of time with the injury.
Zachary is a senior at NC State where he is majoring in communication-media, with minors in journalism and theatre. You can follow him on Twitter @RealZachFrancis.