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Sunday's Daily Menu:


All times are Central


Nashville: RHP Wily Peralta at home vs. Omaha (Royals), 1:50 PM pre-game, 2:05 gametime


Free Live Audio Link


Jeff Hem is the new play-by-play voice of the Sounds; follow him on Twitter @jeffhempbp; we'll link to his blog updates at On the Air…and Off


MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; all Nashville games, home and away, will be available to watch via MiLB.TV's $39.99 season-long package ($9.99 to pay for a single month). We imagine the audio feed is from the home team. All MiLB.TV details available at the link.




Huntsville: RHP Hiram Burgos at home vs. Montgomery (Rays), 12:48 PM pre-game, 1:03 gametime


Free Live Audio Link -- Select the Huntsville feed from the MiLB main audio page


I-Phone friendly audio link


Alex Cohen is the new play-by-play voice of the Stars; follow him on Twitter @alexmcohen. It's fantastic that Huntsville is returning to what will be a traditional broadcast format this year. All games, home and away, are scheduled to be broadcast.


MiLB.TV subsciption note: Huntsville road games in four locales (Mississippi, Tennessee, Jacksonville and Pensacola) will be broadcast.




Brevard County: Idle until Monday for the weekend All-Star break




Wisconsin: RHP David Goforth at Quad Cities (Cardinals), 4:40 PM pre-game, 5:00 gametime; expect RHP Chad Pierce to appear as the tandem


Free Live Audio Link - 1280 AM WNAM


Chris Mehring is back to do his customary fantastic work as the Voice of the Rattlers. Follow him on Twitter @CMehring; we'll link to Chris' infamous blog often -- Rattler Radio.


MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; Wisconsin is one of only two (Great Lakes) Midwest League clubs that have all their home games available via MiLB.TV; Chris' call provides the audio. So for the $39.95 season-long package, fans in Brewer Nation can watch all Sounds games, all Timber Rattlers home games, and 24 Stars' road games (one Helena series this summer, too).




DSL Brewers: at the DSL Braves, 9:30 AM, although game data won't be available until late afternoon at the earliest

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Maybe, the umpiring also gets much better as the pitchers move up, there are some pretty generous zones in A ball.

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Final: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 2


Quad Cities cracks walkoff homer to beat Wisconsin

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


DAVENPORT, IA - Virgil Hill beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with his feet on in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night. The Quad Cities River Bandits outfielder beat the Rattlers with his bat on Sunday. Hill hit a two-run 'walkoff' home run in the bottom of the ninth at Modern Woodmen Park for a 4-2 win over Wisconsin.


Quad Cities (35-34) took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Luis Mateo. The inning started with a four pitch walk to Anthony Garcia. David Medina's double put runners on second and third with no outs. Mateo followed with a single to score Garcia, but Rattlers starting pitcher David Goforth got out of the inning without allowing another run.


An unlikely Rattler tied the game with a home run. John Dishon launched an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the fifth inning to the grass seating beyond the wall in left-center. The homer was the first of the season for Dishon.


The Bandits went back in front in the bottom of the fifth inning. Colin Walsh knocked in his 56th run of the season with a two-out single.


Jason Rogers, Wisconsin's team leader in RBI, evened the game again with a double into the corner in left. Brandon Macias scored all the way from first on the play to give Rogers his 43rd RBI of the season.


In the ninth, Mateo started the game winning rally with a leadoff single against reliever Chad Pierce. Hill, who scored the winning run from first base on a throwing error in the ninth inning of the River Bandits' walkoff win on Friday night, was up to bunt Mateo into scoring position.


However, Hill fouled the first two bunt attempts. Then, he swung and fouled the next two pitches from Pierce off to stay alive in his at bat.


Hill cracked the next pitch to the base of the a pillar that holds up the scoreboard at the top of the grass seating area in left-center for the game winning homer.


Wisconsin finishes the first half with a record of 44-25. That is the second best record for a half in franchise history. The Rattlers are also playoff bound for the first time since 2005 after they claimed a spot before eventually winning the first half Western Division last week.


The Timber Rattlers are off until Midwest League play resumes on Friday, June 22. Wisconsin will face the Burlington Bees at Community Field in Burlington, Iowa to start a three game series on Friday night at 6:30pm.


Wisconsin's next home game is Monday, June 25 when they host the Quad Cities River Bandits at 7:05pm.




John Dishon (1st, 0 on in 5th inning off Kyle Hald, 2 out)



Virgil Hill (4th, 1 on in 9th inning off Chad Pierce, 0 out)


WP: Ethan Cole (2-0)

LP: Chad Pierce (1-1)


TIME: 2:28

ATTN: 6,937


Wisconsin Box Score

I'm not sure what to say about the way the half wrapped up other than, "At least it wasn't a walk off bunt?". Man I hate Quad Cities.... There will be lots of changes here in the 2nd half, new link reporters, I'll be doing different teams, new players at each level of the organization, but regardless the T-Rats had one heck of a first half, won the title, and made my job on this forum very enjoyable. Thanks to all the players, the staff, and especially Chris Mehring for such a wonderful half, now finish the job!


David Goforth had one of his better starts, I don't see things turning around significantly for him until he overhauls his delivery, he just had too many parts going in too many directions right now. Great athletes can make that work but I'm personally much more of a "KISS" principle type of guy, it's just easier to throw strikes if everything is moving in 1 direction. Right now he falls hard towards the 1B dugout and sometimes pitches from a very low 3/4 arm slot and in the interest of keeping this short that's why I believe he struggles to throw strikes. I don't want to break his mechanics down in great detail here in a LR, but I do believe he has all the tools to be a very successful pitcher down the road if he's willing to change.


David went 5 innings this afternoon allowing 6H, 2ER, 2BB, and 1WP against 4SO lowering his first half ERA to 5.56. Chad Pierce cruised through his first 3 innings, but that 9th inning will linger with him for awhile since it happened right before the break. Still his season to this point is everything the locals could have hoped for and he only allowed the 3 hits, walked none, and struck out 4 in his 3+ it's just one hit was that game winning HR.


Jason Rogers led the way for the offensive side putting up a 2-4 effort with 2 doubles, I sincerely hope he's bumped to A+ after the all-star game, he's earned it. Yadiel Rivera had the other multi-hit game going 2-4, he's hit in 7 of his last 10 and put up a .279 BA over that span. I'd like to see him sustain that pace as he solves breaking pitches and if so then look out Central Division foes, cause we have 2 bona fide SS prospects. Max Walla didn't play much over the last week, hopefully there's nothing physically wrong and he hits like he has the potential too in the 2nd half.


Wisconsin Play By Play

Chris covered it all.

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Final: Huntsville 3, Montgomery 2


Huntsville Box Score

I'm struggling to find the correct adjective to describe Hiram Burgos' start today... maybe "uneven" would be the proper word? The ultimate result was very good, 6IP, 1R, and 0ER. However he walked 5 batters which is entirely too many... games swing on about 5-10 total pitches, it's interesting to think how much different his line would look without all those "ball fours"... just 5 pitches. On the flip side he struck out 7 and only allowed 3 hits, that's some pretty awesome work. Darren Byrd did a fine job backing up Burgos allowing just 1 hit against 1 strike out in his 2 innings. Jesus Sanchez put forth his customary effort on the bump and wrapped up the game for 7th save, he made it interesting allowing 2 hits, but no runner advanced past 2nd. I'd like to see Jesus bumped up as well.


Tommy Manzalla, Domnit Bolivar, and Lee Haydel each had 2 hits a piece, Manzella and singles hitter Scooter Genett each added a double. Josh freaking Prince homered for the 5th time, I have no idea what's gotten into him but I like it. The Stars didn't have a very good day on the bases as Manzella was CS, Bolivar was picked off, and both Biscuit base stealers were successful including the pesky Lee swiping another bag. Haydel did swipe a bag of a his own which was the lone success of the day. In addition to the stolen bases against, Anderson De La Rosa also had a PB(8) and a throwing error(5), he doesn't appear to be very strong defensively.


Huntsville Play By Play

All of the scoring happened in the first 2 innings...

Montgomery Top of the 1st

  • Hak-Ju Lee singles on a line drive to right fielder Kentrail Davis.
    With Ty Morrison batting, Hak-Ju Lee steals (22) 2nd base.
    Ty Morrison grounds out, pitcher Hiram Burgos to first baseman Hunter Morris.
    With Ryan Garko batting, passed ball by Anderson De La Rosa, Hak-Ju Lee to 3rd.
    Ryan Garko walks.
    Kyeong Kang strikes out swinging.
    Tyler Bortnick singles on a line drive to right fielder Kentrail Davis. Hak-Ju Lee scores. Ryan Garko to 3rd.
    Michael Sheridan grounds into a force out, fielded by shortstop Tommy Manzella. Tyler Bortnick out at 2nd.


Huntsville Bottom of the 1st

  • Josh Prince homers (5) on a fly ball to left field.
    Tommy Manzella strikes out swinging.
    Scooter Gennett doubles (19) on a ground ball to right fielder Kyeong Kang.
    Hunter Morris strikes out on foul tip.
    Anderson De La Rosa walks.
    Kentrail Davis strikes out swinging.


Huntsville Bottom of the 2nd

  • Domnit Bolivar singles on a line drive to left fielder Brad Coon.
    Lee Haydel singles on a ground ball to right fielder Kyeong Kang. Domnit Bolivar to 3rd.
    With Matt Cline batting, Lee Haydel steals (4) 2nd base.
    Matt Cline strikes out swinging.
    Josh Prince strikes out on foul tip.
    Tommy Manzella singles on a ground ball to left fielder Brad Coon. Domnit Bolivar scores. Lee Haydel scores.
    With Scooter Gennett batting, Tommy Manzella caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Mark Thomas to second baseman Tyler Bortnick.

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Sounds Take Finale Against Omaha, 4-1

06/17/2012 5:58 PM ET

Nashville Sounds


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds gained a split of a four-game series against division-leading Omaha with a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Greer Stadium.


Logan Schafer accounted for half of Nashville's six hits with a 3-for-4 effort that included a pair of runs scored, the outfielder's seventh multiple-hit effort in his last 11 contests.


Nashville right-hander Wily Peralta (2-8) defeated Omaha for the second time in two starts this season, holding the Storm Chasers to one run on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings of work. He walked two batters and struck out six during his 98-pitch effort.


The Sounds (28-43) took an early lead with an unearned run in the first inning against Omaha starter Mike Montgomery. Schafer led off the frame with a single, moved to second on a groundout, and hustled around to score when Storm Chasers second baseman Anthony Seratelli made a throwing error after fielding a Travis Ishikawa grounder.


Peralta escaped a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the top of the third inning when second baseman Eric Farris made a spectacular diving stop to his left on a sharp Salvador Perez grounder and threw out the catcher to end the frame. (Audio)


Nashville increased the lead to 3-0 in the third after loading the bases with no outs against Montgomery.


Farris drew a leadoff walk then moved to second when Schafer's bunt up the first-base side eluded a pair of Omaha defenders for an infield single. Cesar Izturis followed with a sacrifice bunt, which Perez fielded just in front of the plate and threw late to third in an attempt to retire the lead runner, loading the bags full of Sounds.


Ishikawa, the next batter, fell behind 0-2 against Montgomery before recovering to draw a walk to force home Farris for a 2-0 lead. Andy Gonzalez followed with a double-play grounder, which plated Schafer with the frame's second run.


Omaha got on the board in the top of the sixth inning, plating a run against Peralta to cut the Nashville lead to 3-1 when Tony Abreu rapped a single and later came plateward on Seratelli's two-out single to left.


Gonzalez staked Nashville to a 4-1 lead in the home half of the sixth when he led off the frame by belting his fifth home run of the year and second of the series, a solo shot to left off Montgomery. (Audio)


The Sounds' bullpen followed Peralta with 3 1/3 scoreless frames to close out the victory. Donovan Hand worked 1 1/3 innings, Vinnie Chulk tossed a scoreless frame, and Jim Henderson earned his team-leading fifth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.


Mongtomery (3-3) took the loss for the Storm Chasers after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits over six frames of action.


Izturis played a scheduled five innings at shortstop for the Sounds in game two of his rehabilitation assignment. He went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt at the plate, grounding out and reaching on a fielding error.


Ishikawa served as Nashville's designated hitter for the second straight game and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.


Following a league-wide off day tomorrow, the Sounds continue their homestand on Tuesday by welcoming Oklahoma City (AAA-Astros) to town for a four-game series. Nashville has lost 11 of its 12 games versus the RedHawks this season.


Right-hander Claudio Vargas (2-0, 4.21) will start Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. series opener for the Sounds. Oklahoma City will counter with left-hander Wes Musick (1-2, 3.14).


Box Score


This is my last Nashville game for now, and I need to apologize to Jeff Hem and the whole Nashville crew for not being able to tune in as often as I had hoped. Jeff is usually full of great information on players, scouts, and staff alike. Hopefully he receives more credit from the next Link Reporter. He has absolutely provided some must hear interviews throughout the first half and I expect that to continue. Now, with Schafer on fire, Gindl showing a pulse Thornburg moving up and Peralta making progress, that team might make some noise in the second half. Farewell Nashville, best of luck going into the 2nd half.


On to the game. Wily Peralta needed that. It was a bit of a struggle, and Eric Farris is the best-est, but Willy scratched his ERA back under 6.00. Now the march for 5.00 begins. 5.2 IP 8 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 6 K 1 WP 8:1 GO:FO on 96 pitches and 61 strikes. He is trending in the right direction no doubt. Donovan Hand, Vinnie Chulk and Jim Henderson, all of whom are having nice season in the AAA 'pen, finished the final 10 outs scoreless.


Logan Schafer is seeing beach balls right now. He has his average up to .2996 after going 3-4 with a SB (10). Through 16 June games, Logan is hitting .421. Cesar Izturis and Travis Ishikawa both made rehab appearances, and both went hitless.


Game Log


Hard hit outs.


Omaha Top of the 1st


Irving Falu flies out to left fielder Jay Gibbons.

Johnny Giavotella called out on strikes.

Wil Myers doubles (7) on a line drive to center fielder Logan Schafer.

Clint Robinson lines out to right fielder Caleb Gindl.


Omaha Top of the 2nd


Salvador Perez walks.

Tony Abreu strikes out swinging.

David Lough grounds into a force out, shortstop Cesar Izturis to second baseman Eric Farris. Salvador Perez out at 2nd. David Lough to 1st.

Anthony Seratelli lines out to shortstop Cesar Izturis.


Farris' fantastic fling.

Omaha Top of the 3rd


Derrick Robinson called out on strikes.

Irving Falu strikes out swinging.

Max Ramirez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Jay Gibbons.

Wil Myers singles on a ground ball to center fielder Logan Schafer. Max Ramirez to 2nd.

Clint Robinson singles on a line drive to left fielder Jay Gibbons. Max Ramirez to 3rd. Wil Myers to 2nd.

Salvador Perez grounds out, second baseman Eric Farris to first baseman Sean Halton.


A missed big inning.


Nashville Bottom of the 3rd


Eric Farris walks.

Logan Schafer singles on a bunt ground ball to second baseman Anthony Seratelli. Eric Farris to 2nd.

Cesar Izturis hits a sacrifice bunt. Eric Farris to 3rd. Logan Schafer to 2nd. Cesar Izturis to 1st.

Travis Ishikawa walks. Eric Farris scores. Logan Schafer to 3rd. Cesar Izturis to 2nd.

Andy Gonzalez grounds into double play, second baseman Anthony Seratelli to first baseman Max Ramirez. Logan Schafer scores. Cesar Izturis to 3rd. Travis Ishikawa out at 2nd.

Jay Gibbons strikes out swinging.



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Audio from Nashville — “Insight from (Travis) Ishikawa”


Jeff Hem's note -- Today’s interview is with first baseman Travis Ishikawa, one of three Brewers currently with the Sounds on major league rehab assignment (also Cesar Izturis & Marco Estrada). Ishikawa shares his thoughts about coming back from his oblique injury, how things have gone for the Sounds’ parent-club Brewers so far this year and his thoughts about his former Giants teammate Matt Cain, who authored a perfect game for San Francisco this past Wednesday.

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I just think it is crazy that Burgos is walking so many more people in AA. Wonder if he is trying to be too perfect.

The strike zone gets smaller @AA.


There are more hitters capable of laying off bad pitches and able to keep AB's alive at AA. Nelson walked 5 in his first AA start too.

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