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Friday's Daily Menu: TGIF!

 

All times are Central

 

Nashville: RHP Hiram Burgos at Fresno (Giants), 8:50 PM pre-game, 9:05 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.

 

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Huntsville: RHP Johnnie Lowe at home vs. Pensacola (Reds), 6:28 PM pre-game, 6:43 gametime

 

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

 

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.

 

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Brevard County: LHP Jed Bradley at Tampa (Yankees), 6:00 PM gametime

 

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

 

Once again this season, Brevard does not have its own audio coverage. It appears two teams in the Manatees North Division (within which the majority of games are played) have audio, and all six teams in the South Division have audio (at least for their home games), so there will be opportunities to listen to approx. 70% or Brevard's games this season, just all from the opponent's perspective. There are no Florida State League games on MiLB.TV this year.

 

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Wisconsin: RHP Jacob Barnes at home vs. Burlington (Athletics), 6:45 PM pre-game, 7:05 gametime

 

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 Stars' road games from four Southern League locales, plus one July Helena series (11th-13th).

 

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Helena: RHP Ryan Gibbard at home vs. Billings (Reds), 7:50 PM pre-game, 8:05 gametime

 

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

 

We're lucky to have Steve Wendt back on board for another H-Crew season.

 

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Arizona Rookie (Maryvale): It's a doubleheader (makeup of July 15th rainout) at the Reds' complex in Goodyear, each contest slated for seven innings; 7:00 PM gametime; never audio for games in this league

 

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

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STANDINGS:

 

AAA - Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

 

AA - Southern League North Division

 

High-A - Florida State League North Division

 

A - Midwest League Western Division

 

Rookie Advanced - Pioneer League North Division

 

Rookie - Arizona Summer League

 

DSL - Dominican Summer League San Pedro de Macoris Division

 

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NOTE: AAA Nashville does not play a split schedule. The other leagues, including the rookie leagues, do. When you click on a standings link for Huntsville, Brevard County or Wisconsin, you'll then be able to choose 1st half and/or overall standings in addition to the current 2nd half standings.

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This and that:

 

AUDIO: Quite a bit of Huntsville / minor league system talk today on the D-List with Tom Haudricourt

 

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I've often said I don't "get" the whole world of autograph seekers (I respect those of you who do it responsibly), but certainly this passionate seeker is a big Greg Hopkins fan.

 

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Huge series for post-season hopefuls Huntsville and Brevard County. Really hoping to see them join the Rattlers with September playoffs.

 

By the way, the Tampa Yankees now have online audio, I thought they'd be the very last holdout considering the Rays are right in town.

 

With all due respect to our Manatees' front office friends, a reminder they really need to reach out to the local universities and look into basically "free" potential coverage for home games minimally, for 2013 and beyond. So many communications departments / students would welcome the opportunity.

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HUNTER MORRIS NAMED TOPPS SOUTHERN LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

First Baseman Earns Consecutive Monthly Honors

Huntsville Stars Media Relations

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – What’s the best way to follow up a Player of the Month award? Win another one! Huntsville Stars first baseman Hunter Morris has won his second consecutive Topps Southern League Player of the Month Award.

 

Morris’ hot streak continues with greater numbers than the month before. He averaged .340 in 28 games in July with 36 hits. Twenty of those were extra-base hits with eight doubles and 10 home runs. Morris also had 25 RBIs to round out a huge month for the hometown hero. His 20 extra-base hits and 10 homers were tied for third most in Minor League Baseball for the month.

 

These numbers boosted “The Mayor” to lead the Southern League in four categories: extra base hits (60), total bases (229), slugging percentage (.563) and doubles (36). He is also ranked fifth in hits with 125 and second in RBIs with 83. Morris is hitting a combined .307 on the season, the second-best average in the league. His 36 doubles are tied for fourth most in MiLB and his 20 home runs are good for fourth best at the Double-A level. He also ranks third in total RBIs amongst all Double-A players. The former Auburn standout also boasts the fourth best at-bat to home run ratio in the league with one long ball per 20.35 at-bats.

 

This award comes to Morris after a season full of accolades. He was named the Southern League Player of the Week in July and represented the Stars as a Southern League All-Star. This is his second Topps Southern League Player of the Month honor for this season alone (June). He was also named the Brewers Minor League Hitter of the Month for April and June.

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FYI, believe this is the biggest birthday "eve" of the season among farmhands -- Saturday's birthdays:

 

Orlando Arcia - 08/04/1994

Hiram Burgos - 08/04/1987

Joel Dicent - 08/04/1991

Mike Francisco - 08/04/1988

Casey Medlen - 08/04/1989

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Tampa (Yankees) 6 Brevard County 2

 

Box Score

 

Cody Hawn hit his team leading 10th home run on the season. Cody's slugging percentage is .376, 5th on the team. Cody's name should be squarely on the bounce-back list for next year. A 6th rounder in 2010, Cody came into the system with a very similar pedigree as Hunter Morris. In 2009, Cody hit .364 with 22 homers on his way to the Tennessee team triple crown. Even after the 2010 season, when Cody destroyed the Pioneer league, there were people who like Cody's future more than Hunter's. Another strong season in WI in 2011 kept most hopeful but the blatant loss of game power was discouraging. Some of that is back this year, but the approach has disintegrated. Maybe the Southern League will treat him better.

 

Jason Rogers went 2-4 with a 2B and Franklin Romero went 2-3 with an OF assist, but he was CS once.

 

Jed Bradley got the start. After that (the 1st pitch that is), things went south. So internet coaches; What would you do with Bradley? Shut him down? Make him pitch through it? Demote him? Paging Dr. James Andrews? Cripes. Seth Harvey and Greg Holle kept it reasonable with 4 scoreless to end the game.

 

SS Nick Shaw committed his 16th error at SS and Johnny Dishon joined Romero Jr. at the gun show.

 

Game Log

 

Okay, but only if you are a masochist. XBH's galore.

 

Tampa Bottom of the 3rd

 

Jose Toussen doubles (8) on a line drive to left fielder John Dishon.

Ramon Flores grounds out, second baseman Shea Vucinich to first baseman Cody Hawn. Jose Toussen to 3rd.

Kyle Higashioka homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Jose Toussen scores.

Tyler Austin singles on a line drive to center fielder Reggie Keen.

Kyle Roller homers (15) on a fly ball to right field. Tyler Austin scores.

Gary Sanchez doubles (7) on a fly ball to left fielder John Dishon.

Zach Wilson walks.

Kelvin De Leon singles on a line drive to left fielder John Dishon. Gary Sanchez scores. Zach Wilson to 3rd. Kelvin De Leon out at 2nd, left fielder John Dishon to second baseman Shea Vucinich.

Jose Mojica walks.

Jose Toussen grounds into a force out, shortstop Nick Shaw to second baseman Shea Vucinich. Jose Mojica out at 2nd.

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I at least have this 1st one. Hopefully G2 is quick.

 

AZL Brewers 16 AZL Reds 5

 

Box Score

 

So, let me start by stating that Rookie Ball stats are about as useful as a gasoline soaked fire blanket. That said, it is better to have good stats, no? Well, Clint Coulter and Jose Pena have great season lines right now. Both homered in this one as they joined game ball winner Jose Sermo in an offensive onslaught. Speed demon leadoff hitter Edgardo Rivera went 3-5 and lanky SS Angel Ortega went 2-4. Both young Puerto Ricans are 18 years old and both can be very good if coached up properly.

 

Anthony Banda started and benefited from the pile of runs supplied by the hitters. Austin Blaski, who has been solid, continued his success with 2 decent innings.

 

Game Log

Dual 4-packs to finish it.

 

AZL Brewers Top of the 6th

 

Dionis Hinojosa doubles (5) on a line drive to left fielder Jose Valdelamar.

Edgardo Rivera singles on a ground ball to shortstop Brent Peterson.

Jose Sermo homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Dionis Hinojosa scores. Edgardo Rivera scores.

Pitching Change: Ibrahin Redan replaces Abel De Los Santos.

Clint Coulter grounds out, shortstop Brent Peterson to first baseman Wilfrel Estevez.

Jose Pena called out on strikes.

Alan Sharkey reaches on a throwing error by second baseman Avain Rachal.

Joe Andrade doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Argenis Aldazoro. Alan Sharkey scores.

Angel Ortega grounds out, third baseman Tanner Rahier to first baseman Wilfrel Estevez.

 

AZL Brewers Top of the 7th

 

Pitching Change: Robert Lewis-Walker replaces Ibrahin Redan.

Taylor Smith-Brennan strikes out swinging.

Dionis Hinojosa reaches on a throwing error by shortstop Brent Peterson.

Edgardo Rivera reaches on a force attempt, throwing error by third baseman Tanner Rahier. Dionis Hinojosa to 2nd.

Jose Sermo singles on a ground ball to second baseman Avain Rachal. Dionis Hinojosa scores. Edgardo Rivera to 2nd.

Clint Coulter homers (4) on a fly ball to center field. Edgardo Rivera scores. Jose Sermo scores.

Jose Pena grounds out, third baseman Tanner Rahier to first baseman Wilfrel Estevez.

Alan Sharkey flies out to center fielder Jonathan Reynoso.

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Final: Burlington 1, Wisconsin 0

 

Bees earn a split with a 1-0 shutout

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

GRAND CHUTE, WI - A four game battle between possible Midwest League playoff opponents ended in a stalemate. The Burlington Bees defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1-0 on Friday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Sean Jamieson had three hits - including a solo homer in the fifth inning - for Burlington. Both teams wound up with two wins in the four game series.

 

Burlington (54-55 overall, 21-19 second half) scored the only run of the game on a solo homer by in the fifth inning. Jamieson hit a home run to left field with one out off Jacob Barnes for a 1-0 lead.

 

Barnes pitched seven innings, would allow four hits, and match his single game high for strikeouts as a professional with nine. But, he would be tagged with the loss.

 

Wisconsin (64-45, 20-20) had two good chances to score. Carlos George started the bottom of the fourth inning with a double, but would be caught trying to steal third. Brandon Macias drew a walk, but was left at first base.

 

In the eighth inning, Yadiel Rivera tripled to the right field corner to start the inning against reliever Raul Alcantara. Left-handed reliever Chas Mye came on to face left-handed pinch hitter Nick Ramirez and got the strikeout. Burlington went to closer Jonathan Joseph to get right-handed hitters Lance Roenicke on a pop out Carlos George on a strikeout.

 

Joseph came back out to work a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his eleventh save of the season.

 

If the season had ended after Friday's game, Wisconsin and Burlington would play each other in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. The Timber Rattlers won the Western Division in the first half. The Bees are currently second in the divisional standings for the second half, two games behind first place Clinton and two games in front of third place Kane County.

 

There are still thirty games left in the regular season. Plus, the teams meet in the three game series in Burlington over Labor Day weekend to end the regular season.

 

The Timber Rattlers begin a four game series in Beloit on Saturday night. Matt Miller (9-7, 3.79) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Beloit sends Jason Wheeler (12-4, 3.41) to the mound. Game time is 7:00pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm.

 

HOME RUN:

BUR:

Sean Jamieson (8th, 0 on in 5th inning off Jacob Barnes, 1 out)

 

WP: Jose Macias (6-5)

LP: Jacob Barnes (4-4)

SAVE: Jonathan Joseph (11)

 

TIME: 2:46

ATTN: 5,030

 

Wisconsin Box Score

 

Tough loss for the T-Rats after yet another very well pitched game. The offense just couldn't get anything going as they got shutout on five hits. Jacob Barnes started and pitched seven innings. He gave up just one run on four hits and struck out nine. Barnes dropped his ERA to 3.05 on the season. Mark Williams pitched the final two innings of relief, giving up just one hit. He also walked one and struck out one.

 

Carlos George had a 2-4 night with a double. He also wound up starting in center field which as far as I can tell was his first ever appearance in the outfield. The Rattlers were playing shorthanded in the outfield after Chadwin Stang was a late scratch from the lineup. Greg Hopkins went 1-3. Yadiel Rivera was 1-3 with a triple, and Adrian Williams was 1-2 before being lifted for pinch-hitter Nick Ramirez late in the game. Brandon Macias was tossed in the 9th inning, though I'm not sure why. Perhaps Chris will mention it in Nine after 9.

 

Wisconsin Play By Play

 

Yadiel Rivera led off the 8th with a triple but the Rattlers couldn't get him home.

Wisconsin Bottom of the 8th

Yadiel Rivera triples (5) on a fly ball to right fielder Douglas Landaeta.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Nick Ramirez replaces Adrian Williams.

Pitching Change: Chas Mye replaces Raul Alcantara.

Nick Ramirez strikes out swinging.

Pitching Change: Jonathan Joseph replaces Chas Mye.

Lance Roenicke pops out to first baseman Maxwell Muncy in foul territory.

Carlos George strikes out swinging.

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Jed Bradley got the start. After that (the 1st pitch that is), things went south. So internet coaches; What would you do with Bradley? Shut him down? Make him pitch through it? Demote him? Paging Dr. James Andrews? Cripes.

 

Well Tunnell and "others" (who I don't know maybe Ash and Nichols) spent an unplanned week in Nashville working with Peralta as I linked in an MiLB article way back in June, I would think Bradley would get the same treatment if he hasn't already. They won't be able to put out every fire, but the organization does have a vested interest in its bonus babies.

 

It's no secret I thought the placements were aggressive, but it's awfully late in the season to send him down isn't it? He has 4-5 starts left, if that.

 

If he were my athlete I'd let him finish the year, let him have some time away, and then bring him back early for some TLC and individualized coaching in January. He wouldn't have to throw off the mound, long toss is just as effective for working on mechanical stuff. I'm a big believer in a little time away doing wonders for clearing the mind, it always works for me. Also, he's got to be about burnt out mentally, I wouldn't put him through instructs, just give him time to decompress... Even if he's a grinder and wants to keep working at it I'd still give him the time away, over coaching isn't any better than under coaching, and sometimes worse, which is another lesson I learned the hard way.

 

Let him or force him to step away and then come back fresh in 2013 would be my suggestion.

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Audio from Fresno — “Words with Brown”

 

Jeff Hem's note -- Tonight’s interview is with Sounds first baseman and outfielder Jordan Brown, who has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games (.425) and is hitting .350 in his last 31 games. Brown discusses the Sounds’ two extra-inning games so far in Fresno, his season to this point, the mental grind of the season, September call-ups and his approach at the plate. We also discussed several off-the-field topics, such as Brown’s domination in the game “Words with Friends,” why he’s not on Twitter and his unique order at coffee shops.

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No game story yet.

 

Billings (Reds) 6 Helena 4

 

Box Score

 

Well, the Billings Reds can stay on the east side of the state forever for all I care. Another close loss tonight that didn't really seem all that close. Chris McFarland (2-4 2B) got back on track with a big night out of the leadoff spot. Adam Giacalone (2-4), who made the tail end of the Baseball America 2012 Top 500 Draft Prospects List (at #464), is just plain feeling it. The best line belonged to Ruben Ozuna who smacked 2 2B's in 3 AB's. Ozuna has 13 H in his last 32 AB's. I would like to see Ozuna and Michael Reed (1-4 SB (9)) switch spots in the order.

 

On the mound, Ryan Gibbard started and had 2 good innings and 2 bad innings. Joel Pierce threw a mediocre inning before giving way to Damien Magnifico. Magnifico went 7 outs allowing 3 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB and 3 K. He also had 2 WP's and a balk with a 3:0 GO:FO. Do I smell another stretch-out project? With Jacob Barnes having success and Eric Arnett on track to soak up bigger innings, one has to wonder if Magnifico is next. Connor Whalen took over when Magnifico was pulled and finished unscathed.

 

Game Log

 

Hand it to the Reds for stymieing us in this inning.

 

Helena Bottom of the 8th

 

Ruben Ozuna doubles (6) on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Gelalich. Ruben Ozuna advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by right fielder Jeff Gelalich.

Yonki Hernandez doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Lentz. Ruben Ozuna scores.

Kevin Berard flies into a double play, center fielder Beau Amaral to pitcher Carlos Ramos to second baseman Taylor Wrenn. Yonki Hernandez out at 2nd.

Christopher McFarland singles on a ground ball to third baseman Robert Ramirez. Christopher McFarland advances to 2nd, on a throwing error by third baseman Robert Ramirez.

Pitching Change: Jimmy Moran replaces Carlos Ramos.

Michael Reed grounds out to first baseman Carlos Sanchez.

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