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Link report for Thurs. 5/1 -- Wall-to-Wall Baseball Today

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Thursday's Daily Menu: Between morning minor league action, then Gallardo / Zambrano, and evening minor league games, it's a virtual non-stop 12-hour plus feast for the Brewer senses today!


All times Central; pitchers subject to change --


Nashville: RHP Jeff Weaver at home vs. Colorado Springs (Rockies), 6:45 PM pre-game; 7:00 gametime


Audio link:



Huntsville: LHP Derek Miller at Montgomery (Rays), 10:20 AM pre-game; 10:35 gametime


Audio link via WUMP (game will also archive at this link):



Brevard County: RHP Josh Butler at Jupiter (Marlins), 9:35 AM gametime


Audio link, Jupiter's broadcast (game will also archive at this link):



West Virginia: RHP Roque Mercedes at Hagerstown (Nationals), 5:20 PM pre-game, 5:35 gametime


Audio link via WSWW, be sure to select the proper date (games will also archive at this link):


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Follow Thursday's action as it happens:
Here's what you do, right click on each of the links below and choose "Open in New Window". Open the Nashville Gameday. For the others, choose "Log" or "Recap". While you're listening to your minor league game of choice (or watching/listening to the big league Crew when they are playing), simply refresh your game log browsers every so often.





Brevard County:


West Virginia:


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 Pacific Coast League (AAA) - PCL American North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Omaha 14 10 .583 - 9-5 5-5 L1 Iowa 11 14 .440 3.5 6-8 5-6 L4 Memphis 11 16 .407 4.5 3-8 8-8 L2 Nashville 7 18 .280 7.5 4-6 3-12 W2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Southern League (AA) - SOU North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Huntsville 18 8 .692 - 13-2 5-6 W7 Carolina 17 10 .630 1.5 9-3 8-7 L1 West Tenn 17 10 .630 1.5 8-2 9-8 W1 Chattanooga 16 10 .615 2.0 10-5 6-5 W4 Tennessee 10 16 .385 8.0 6-9 4-7 L1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 Florida State League (A+) - FSL East Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Palm Beach 18 8 .692 - 11-3 7-5 W2 Brevard County 16 10 .615 2.0 9-5 7-5 W2 Daytona 14 12 .538 4.0 6-6 8-6 L3 Jupiter 14 12 .538 4.0 9-3 5-9 L1 Vero Beach 11 15 .423 7.0 7-5 4-10 L2 St. Lucie 5 21 .192 13.0 4-10 1-11 W1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 South Atlantic League (A) - SAL Northern Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lake County 16 9 .640 - 6-4 10-5 L1 Delmarva 14 12 .538 2.5 8-6 6-6 W2 Greensboro 13 12 .520 3.0 5-8 8-4 W1 Hickory 14 13 .519 3.0 6-5 8-8 L1 Lakewood 13 13 .500 3.5 7-7 6-6 W2 Hagerstown 12 13 .480 4.0 4-6 8-7 L1 West Virginia 10 16 .385 6.5 5-9 5-7 W1 Lexington 8 18 .308 8.5 3-11 5-7 L2 

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Nice, I can follow BC and Huntsville before heading down to Wrigley!
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It's a bit surreal to have prospects exceding expectations... more so than the more hyped guys that came before them in Fielder and Weeks.


My question of the day would be is Mercedes always going to be an R++ guy or finally figure out how to guys out above rookie ball.


edit. Here's hoping Cain breaks out again as well.

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Final: Jupiter (Marlins) 2, Brevard County 1


Brevard County Box Score

A bit reminiscent of the recent big-league Marlin-Brewer series thus far, with these low-scoring affairs; Darren Ford draws his first two walks in over a week -- he's just on the edge of drawing one every ten AB's, the desired overall standard, although it should be a better ratio for a leadoff batter; strikeouts (three today) still an issue with Stephen Chapman; Josh Butler had control issues in the first inning, but was fine in the four innings that followed; Rafael Lluberes is bouncing back a bit, with his second consecutive positive relief stint...


Brevard County Game Log

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Lost in Laporta's continued awesomeness is another good outing from Dereck Miller. He now has a 2.05 ERA this season, and was solid in 11 AA starts last season. He is ready for a ticket to Nashville.


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My question of the day would be is Mercedes always going to be an R++ guy or finally figure out how to guys out above rookie ball.

Roque has posted the best K-rate of his career by far. He's also had a couple good starts that derailed dramatically a few innings in. Maybe a conversion to the bullpen is in his future.


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Final: Huntsville 4, Montgomery (Rays) 2


Huntsville Press Release:



Matt LaPorta's three-run home run in the sixth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and powered Huntsville to a 4-2 win over Montgomery Thursday morning and afternoon in the second of a five-game set at Riverwalk Stadium. The Stars won a season-high eighth straight game to improve their record to 19-8 and temporarily push their lead to two games over Carolina and West Tenn in the North Division, while the Biscuits dropped a fifth in a row to fall to 9-18 overall and 2-10 at home.


Biscuits' starter Wade Davis kept the Stars off the board until LaPorta's solo home run with two outs in the fourth broke up a scoreless game. LaPorta blasted a 3-0 pitch over the wall in left field for his eighth home run of the season and his fifth in the last seven Stars' road games. Davis worked around a one-out triple by Mike Bell in the fifth before the home team tied the game in the bottom of the frame.


Bell made an errant throw to first on a potential double play ball that allowed Pat Cottrell to reach second base, from where he scored when Matt Spring followed with a double. Josh Asanovich walked and Rashad Eldridge singled to load the bases before Stars' starter Derek Miller retired Johnny Raburn and John Jaso on pop ups to end the frame.


Alcides Escobar and Mat Gamel singled with one out in the sixth and scored when LaPorta launched another 3-0 offering from Davis just inside the left field foul pole for the game winning long ball, his second in as many days and third game-winning, three-run blast in the last week. Davis was tagged with the loss and was taken out after six innings, allowing four runs on six hits, while striking out a season-high eight. LaPorta has now hit 21 home runs in 56 games in the minor leagues.


Miller lasted a season-long six frames to grab his second win of the season after allowing a lone run on four hits. He walked two and struck out two and was followed to the hill by Joe Bateman, who walked Jaso to force in a run to make it 4-2. However, he escaped further trouble by getting Chris Nowak to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.


Patrick Ryan took over in the eighth and walked the first two hitters before Cottrell laid down a sacrifice bunt. The Huntsville right-hander worked out of the jam by getting Spring to ground out on a fine play by Gamel at third and striking out pinch-hitter Erold Andrus. Ryan has now thrown 14 shutout frames to start the season. Juan Sandoval worked a scoreless ninth to earn his first save with Huntsville and was aided by a diving stop by Gamel on a Nowak grounder that he turned into a force out at second to end the game. Gamel extended his hitting streak to 16 games with his single in the sixth.


The series continues Friday night with southpaw David Welch making the start for Huntsville against Biscuits' southpaw James Houser. Coverage of the game begins at 6:50 pm central time and can be heard locally on SportsRadio 730 WUMP and through the internet at www.huntsvillestars.com and

www.730ump.com .


Huntsville Box Score

Wade Davis another tough Tampa prospect, wow, they're loaded -- he struck out eight in his six innings, as the Stars did not draw a walk all game; LaPorta drove in all four Stars' runs...


Huntsville Game Log

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