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Nashville: RHP Mike Fiers at Round Rock (Rangers), 6:45 PM pre-game, 7:05 gametime


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Jeff Hem is the 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). The audio feed is from the home team. All MiLB.TV details available at the link.




Huntsville: RHP Ariel Pena and LHP Alan Williams in a doubleheader at Mobile (Diamondbacks), 4:50 PM pre-game, 5:05 gametime; each contest slated for seven innings


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


Alex Cohen is the play-by-play voice of the Stars; follow him on Twitter @alexmcohen. All games, home and away, are scheduled to be broadcast. It appears four Southern League teams air their home games on MiLB.TV, and we'll let you know when those dates pop up on the schedule.




Brevard County: RHP David Goforth at Dunedin (Blue Jays), 5:30 PM gametime


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


Manatees audio, hooray! Dave Walkovic is the first play-by-play voice of the 'Tees since 2007, he's joined by Andy Towne; follow the Brevard broadcast booth staff on Twitter @BCManateesRadio. All home games and many road games are scheduled to be broadcast. When road games are only available via the opponents' audio feed, we'll let you know that.




Wisconsin: RHP Leonard Lorenzo at Lansing (Blue Jays), 5:45 PM pre-game, 6:05 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.


So for the $39.95 season-long package, fans in Brewer Nation can watch all Sounds games, Stars' road games from four Southern League locales, and all Timber Rattlers home games and some road games.


NOTE: 32 of the Rattlers' 70 home games will be broadcast on TV this season. Time Warner Cable SportsChannel has seventeen games scheduled and WACY-TV My NEW32 plans to show fifteen games. We'll let you know when, but won't be providing day-before DVR reminders, so regularly check for proper channel and time planning (scroll to the bottom of this link).

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Well we have 2 prospects mentioned but only 1 in a good way, congrats Drew Gagnon! It's interesting that Nick Kingham made the list for his work against BC and then Gagnon returned the favor on Wednesday. Submit some questions, chat starting soon!


Prospect Hot Sheet (May 3): Jonathan Villar’s Bat Perks Up At Triple-A


4. Nick Kingham RHP, PIRATES

Team: high Class A Bradenton (Florida State)

Age: 21.

Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 SO


The Scoop: Kingham tends to run hot and cold, but his stuff is good enough to dominate when he’s dialed in. Such was the case on Sunday against Brevard County, when Kingham fanned 13 of the 21 hitters he faced and allowed just three hits, all of them singles. He’s at a peak right now (2 earned runs in his last 17 innings), and the next step will be for him to not let the valleys get too low.

5. Drew Gagnon RHP, BREWERS

Team: high Class A Brevard County (Florida State)

Age: 22.

Why He’s Here: 2-0, 0.00, 12.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 15 SO


The Scoop: Milwaukee’s third-round pick in 2011, Gagnon made steady progress last year split between low Class A Wisconsin and Brevard County. In his return to the Florida State League, Gagnon had been getting battered around until his last two starts, including his seven perfect innings with 10 strikeouts on Wednesday. While his 5.59 ERA is unsightly, his 32-11 K-BB mark through 29 innings is more palatable.

13. Oscar TaverasCF, CARDINALS

Team: Triple-A Memphis (Pacific Coast)

Age: 20.

Why He’s Here: .435/.500/.783 (10-for-23), 3 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 SO


The Scoop: It was a quiet April for Taveras. After a spring training where he showed the Cardinals that he looks ready for a big league job, he dealt with the cold reality that there’s not room in the St. Louis outfield for him—yet. Taveras hit a light .267 over the first two weeks of the season, but since then he’s returned to his normal form, spraying line drives all over the park while every now and then driving a ball over the wall.



Taylor Jungmann, rhp, Brewers. After years of struggling to develop starting pitching, four of the six Brewers starting pitchers this season are homegrown. That helps take a little off the sting of what up to now has been a rough start for the club’s pair of first-round picks in 2011. Jed Bradley (selected 15th overall) is struggling in his second try at high Class A Brevard County, while 12th overall pick Jungmann turned in his second awful start in five appearances at Double-A Huntsville, allowing eight runs in 2 2/3 innings. That shellacking was followed by a trip to the disabled list with an as-of-yet unspecified injury.

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This has been covered a couple of times over the first month, if this was a Brewer prospect I'd be absolutely livid. It doesn't hurt my feelings that he's a highly touted Cubs' prospect though.


Juan Carlos Paniagua Still Waiting For Visa

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

- Plato

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

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Well I'm still 0 for "however many questions I've asked" as my questions about Jungmann and Bradley went unanswered, I'm into my 7th year of futility in that regard.


Prospect Hot Sheet Chat With Jim Shonerd


Scott (Illinois): Where would you profile Tyler Glasnow and what do you think his ETA to the bigs could be? Has a big frame with room to grow and has not been hit very well as a pro.


Jim Shonerd: He’s got a frontline arm if everything comes together. Very impressive the way he’s responded to the challenge of pitching in low Class A as a teenager.

Eric K (Chicago): Wacha's numbers so far in AAA have been fantastic with the exception of his k rate. Is that something to be concerned about?


Jim Shonerd: His 4.66 K/9 is indeed startlingly low. I’d expect it to get better than that, though his lack of a true knockout breaking pitch means he’ll never be a guy that racks up huge strikeout numbers in the majors. Doesn’t mean he won’t be effective though.

Howard Finkel (New York): With Seth Maness' promotion, what can be expected from him? Is there a scouting report from his AAA starts? Potential number 4/5 with little margin for error?


Jim Shonerd: He’s a command guy all the way. Nothing overpowering or any knockout secondary stuff. But he’s a reliable strikethrower who knows he has to pitch to contact. He’ll give up hits but should keep his team in the game. In other words, a back-of-the-rotation starter.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

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OK, Huntsville/Mobile game has been suspended. Tomorrow at 5:05 the resumption of tonight's suspended game. I believe this will be a 7 inning game, as that was what was scheduled. Then the two teams will play a 7 inning game. Sunday will be a double header, two 7 inning games, starting at 12:05. If my math is right, that should be 25 1/2 innings in about 24 hours.
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Final: Brevard County 4 Dunedin 11


Dunedin's offense explodes late to top 'Tees

Brevard gets ahead early again but loses 11-4 to Jays

By Andy Towne / Brevard County Manatees


Brevard County Manatees designated hitter Cody Hawn went 2-for-4 and hit his fourth home run of the season in an 11-4 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin on Friday night. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)


DUNEDIN, Fla. - For the second straight night, early offense wasn't enough for the Brevard County Manatees as they dropped their second straight game, 11-4 to the Dunedin Blue Jays on Friday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.


Brevard (14-14) got on the board first when Yadiel Rivera crossed home on a passed ball in the second inning. The 'Tees then doubled the lead to 2-0, when Cody Hawn opened the fourth with his fourth home run of the season.


Dunedin (17-10) answered back to tie it up in the bottom of the fourth, with Matt Newman's RBI double bringing home Derrick Chung before Newman scored a run of his own on a Nick Baligod single.


In the top of the fifth, the Manatees wasted no time in regaining the lead. Chadwin Stang led off with a single and then moved to third on a T.J. Mittelstaedt double that appeared as though it had been caught by Blue Jays left fielder Marcus Knecht. Stang then scored on a groundout by Greg Hopkins.


The Blue Jays busted the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth inning as a total of six runs came across for Dunedin in the frame.


Each of the first three batters reached and a run had scored before an out was recorded. Marcus Knecht capped off the inning with a three-run homer to make it 8-3 through five innings.


David Goforth (1-4, 4.28) took the loss for Brevard County after allowing seven runs - six earned - on 11 hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out five and walked just one batter. Goforth worked out of a jam with runners on first and third with nobody out in the first and another jam with runners on second and third with two outs in the second.


The Manatees brought it back within four in the eighth, when Hopkins led off with a double, then moved to third and scored on back-to-back ground outs. Both Hopkins and Hawn had two hits each for the 'Tees.


Matt Miller surrendered three more runs to make it 11-4 in the bottom of the eighth after a perfect seventh, as he walked two batters and yielded two doubles. Dunedin reached its season high in both runs (11) and hits (16) on Friday night.


The Manatees will try to salvage the series with the finale on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. when Brevard's Brent Suter (1-0, 1.50) and Dunedin's Casey Lawrence (2-1, 2.67) are expected to square off.


Brevard County Box Score


Cody Hawn led the Manatees offense with a 2 for 4 night that included his fourth home run of the season. Greg Hopkins also went 2 for 4 with a double. T.J. Mittelstaedt was on base twice in his first game with Brevard with a double and a walk. Nick Ramirez, Lance Roenicke and Chadwin Stang each singled. Stang and Ramirez each committed an error.


David Goforth got hit pretty hard in this one. He gave up 11 hits in 4.1 innings. Goforth has alternated good start/bad start through his first six games so hopefully his next time out will be a good start. Matt Miller's struggles continue as he gave up three runs in two innings tonight. He's allowed 11 earned runs in 4.1 innings in his last four outings.


Brevard County Play-By-Play


A six run fifth inning did in the Manatees


Dunedin Bottom of the 5th

Peter Mooney reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Nick Ramirez.

Andy Burns singles on a ground ball to center fielder Chadwin Stang. Peter Mooney to 2nd.

A. J. Jimenez singles on a fly ball to center fielder Chadwin Stang. Peter Mooney scores. Andy Burns to 3rd. Jimenez advances to 2nd, on a throwing error by center fielder Chadwin Stang.

K. C. Hobson strikes out swinging.

Derrick Chung singles on a ground ball to right fielder T. J. Mittelstaedt. Andy Burns scores. Jimenez scores.

Matt Newman singles on a fly ball to right fielder T. J. Mittelstaedt. Derrick Chung to 3rd.

Pitching Change: Chad Pierce replaces David Goforth.

Marcus Knecht homers (2) on a fly ball to left field. Derrick Chung scores. Matt Newman scores.

Nick Baligod pops out to second baseman Gregory Hopkins.

Jon Berti grounds out, shortstop Yadiel Rivera to first baseman Nick Ramirez.

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Rattlers overcome big deficit to top Lansing

Wisconsin trailed 8-2 in the 8th, wins 10-8 in ten innings

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


LANSING, MI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers didn't score any ninth inning runs in their first 23 games of the 2013 season. They scored five in the ninth inning on Friday night to force extra innings in a game against the Lasing Lugnuts at Jackson Field at Cooley Law School Stadium. Jose Sermo completed the comeback with a two-run triple in the tenth to give Wisconsin a stunning 10-8 victory over the Lugnuts.


Dwight Smith, Jr. started the Lansing (8-17) first inning with a double. He took third on a ground out. Christian Lopes knocked in Smith with another ground out for a 1-0 Lansing lead.


Lansing loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third inning on a pair of walks and a bloop single. Rattlers starting pitcher Leonard Lorenzo limited the damage to one run. He got Dalton Pompey to ground into a 4-6-3 double play that scored the run from third. Lorenzo got the third out with a line out to first.


But, the Lugnuts scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. They had runners at second and third with one out. Gustavo Pierre singled to center to drive in the runner from third. The throw into the infield was wild and the runner from second, who had stopped at third, trotted in as the Rattlers defense chased the baseball.


Wisconsin (10-14) cut into the Lansing lead with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Mike Garza doubled with one out. Alfredo Rodriguez plated Garza with a single. Later in the inning, Mitch Haniger sent Rodriguez home with an RBI single and the Rattlers were only down 4-2.


But, the Lugnuts pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off reliever Damien Magnifico. The first two batters reached on a walk and a hit-and-run single to put runners on the corners. A tough error on a difficult hop on second baseman Chris McFarland let the first run score and allowed the Lugnuts to put runners on second and third with no outs. Pierre followed with a two-run single for a 7-2 Lansing lead.


The final run of the Lugnuts sixth inning scored when Kellen Sweeney grounded into a force out at second with runners at the corners.


Wisconsin started their rally in the eighth. Parker Berberet doubled with one out against Lansing reliever Tucker Donahue. Garza collected his third hit of the game on a two-out RBI single to center. Rodriguez followed with another single, but Donahue got the final out to end the threat.


In the ninth, Haniger walked to start the inning. Victor Roache was next and he sent a sharp grounder to short that might have been a double play. But, the ball was mishandled for an error and Wisconsin had two on with no outs. Giacalone delivered an RBI single to make the score 8-4.


The Lugnuts got the first out of the inning when Donahue struck out Sermo, but Berberet followed with a towering flyball to left that hit the top of the wall for a double. Roache scored on the play and Giacalone could only take third due to the possibility that the ball could have been short of the wall and caught for an out.


Lansing went to Chuck Ghysels, their closer, after the double by Berberet. Chris McFarland greeted Ghysels with a bunt single that scored Giacalone to make the score 8-6. Garza followed with an RBI single to send in Berberet and get McFarland around to third base. Rodriguez tied the game with a sacrifice fly.


In the tenth inning, Haniger walked and stole second. Giacalone was up with one out and the Lugnuts elected to walk him intentionally to face Sermo.


Sermo, who was 0-for-8 with four strikeouts in his first eight plate appearances of the series, lined the first pitch he saw in the tenth inning into the right field corner for a two-run triple and a 10-8 Timber Rattlers lead.


Taylor Wall pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the tenth to nail down the Wisconsin's big comeback.


The Timber Rattlers continue their trip through Michigan with a series against the Great Lakes Loons on Saturday night in Midland. Austin Blaski (1-1, 2.04) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Great Lakes, the Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has Carlos Frias (3-0, 1.14) as their scheduled starter. First pitch at Dow Diamond is scheduled for 6:05pm CDT.


Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 5:45pm. Saturday's game is also available on MiLB.TV.


WP: Damien Magnifico (3-0)

LP: Chuck Ghysels (0-1)

SAVE: Taylor Wall (2)


TIME: 3:05

ATTN: 4,710


Wisconsin Boxscore

I have family commitments most of the weekend so I wasn't able to listen in tonight and I'm sorry I missed such a terrific comeback. Chris doesn't have his blog story up yet which always has more insight and useful tidbits.


Once again the Rattlers struggled defensively giving up 2 errors and and PB but Michael Reed did manage an OF assist.


Youngsters Orlando Arcia and Clint Coulter got the night off.


Taylor Wall has been impressive from a results standpoint in the early going. Michael Garza had a 4-5 night including the double, easily his best game of the young season. Alfredo Rodriguez, Mitch Haniger, Adam Giacalone, and Parker Berberet each had 2 hits, but Haniger also walked 3 times in the contest and Giacalone added 2 walks of his own. Just a wonderful effort offensively.


Wisconsin Recap


The comeback!

Wisconsin Top of the 8th

  • Pitching Change: Tucker Donahue replaces Kramer Champlin.
    Jose Sermo grounds out to first baseman Kellen Sweeney.
    Parker Berberet doubles (4) on a fly ball to left fielder Dwight Smith.
    Christopher McFarland grounds out, first baseman Kellen Sweeney to pitcher Tucker Donahue. Parker Berberet to 3rd.
    Mike Garza singles on a fly ball to center fielder Dalton Pompey. Parker Berberet scores.
    Alfredo Rodriguez singles on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Hawkins. Mike Garza to 2nd.
    Michael Reed grounds out to first baseman Kellen Sweeney.


Wisconsin Top of the 9th

  • Mitch Haniger walks.
    Victor Roache reaches on a force attempt, fielding error by shortstop Shane Opitz. Mitch Haniger to 2nd.
    Adam Giacalone singles on a fly ball to left fielder Dwight Smith. Mitch Haniger scores. Victor Roache to 3rd.
    Jose Sermo strikes out swinging.
    Parker Berberet doubles (5) on a fly ball to left fielder Dwight Smith. Victor Roache scores. Adam Giacalone to 3rd.
    Pitching Change: Chuck Ghysels replaces Tucker Donahue.
    Christopher McFarland singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Gustavo Pierre. Adam Giacalone scores. Parker Berberet to 3rd.
    Mike Garza singles on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Hawkins. Parker Berberet scores. Christopher McFarland to 3rd.
    Alfredo Rodriguez out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Chris Hawkins. Christopher McFarland scores.
    Michael Reed strikes out swinging.


For the win!

Wisconsin Top of the 10th

  • Mitch Haniger walks.
    With Victor Roache batting, Mitch Haniger steals (6) 2nd base.
    Victor Roache pops out to first baseman Kellen Sweeney.
    Chuck Ghysels intentionally walks Adam Giacalone.
    Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Orlando Arcia replaces Adam Giacalone.
    Jose Sermo triples (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Chris Hawkins. Mitch Haniger scores. Orlando Arcia scores.
    Parker Berberet reaches on a fielder's choice out, second baseman Christian Lopes to catcher Aaron Munoz. Jose Sermo out at home.
    Christopher McFarland flies out to right fielder Chris Hawkins.


edit. Post game from Chris just popped, it's loaded with the usual assortment of goodies and a very apt quote.

Earl Weaver was right – Postgame post for May 3, 2013

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

- Plato

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

- Plato

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Sounds Fall To Express In Extras, 5-4

Nashville's Wooten Works 3 1/3 Hitless; Halton Homers

Nashville Sounds


ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Nashville Sounds had the Round Rock Express down to their final five outs Friday night at Dell Diamond, but could not hold off a late rally and lost in extras by a 5-4 margin; their seventh straight loss.


The Sounds led through the first seven innings, but Round Rock manufactured a pair of runs in the eighth off of Travis Webb to level the game, 4-4, leading to Nashville's first extra-innings game of the year.


Sounds reliever Donovan Hand (1-1) entered the game in the 12th and got touched for two hits; the second a two-out game-winner by Yangervis Solarte scoring Jurickson Profar, who singled to get on and moved to second on a walk. Hand was charged with the loss.


Guiding the Sounds in extras up to the 12th was reliever Rob Wooten, who worked through 3.1 innings without surrendering a hit. Wooten tossed 41 pitches in the appearance, fanning two and walking one.


From the start, Nashville felt the impact of their two newest additions: Josh Prince, who joined the team earlier in the day after spending the last 28 with Milwaukee, and Khris Davis, in his second game back since 2012.


Prince opened the game with a double to right field and after stealing third, was driven in by Davis, who singled through the drawn-in infield (audio). Prince and Davis paired up again in the third to make it 2-0 with Davis' RBI-groundout.


Davis' grounder up the middle was fielded by Express second baseman Jurickson Profar who tried to tag Scooter Gennett, who singled prior, before eventually just taking the sure out at first. The play gave Prince, who reached base on balls, enough time to score from second (audio).


Meanwhile, starting pitcher Mike Fiers held off the Express early in his third start with the Sounds. The Florida native allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over six innings of work. Round Rock's runs came on a wild pitch in the third and Engel Beltre's ground rule double in the fifth.


Fiers twirled eight strikeouts on the night, the most by a Sounds starter this season, and fanned four batters with runners in scoring position. The 27-year-old left the game in line for the win after his second quality start.


The Sounds maintained the edge by picking up a run in the fourth and sixth innings. Outfielder Sean Halton connected on a solo homer in the fourth off of Round Rock's left-handed starter Ryan Feierabend (audio). The next score came via Caleb Gindl's sacrifice-fly in the sixth, which plated Hunter Morris from third (audio).


In extras, Cole Garner was ejected by home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn, despite arguing the correct side of the call. Garner knocked one of his pitches into the dirt near his feet, which spun into fair territory. Catcher Robinson Chirinos collected the ball and threw to first for the out. Garner never moved, thinking the ball was foul, but was called out. Upon the call, Garner disputed and was ejected. Moments later the crew gathered to discuss the play and ruled the ball foul. Pinch hitter Hainley Statia finished the at-bat with a strikeout.


The Sounds face the Express in game two of four on Saturday night at 7:05 pm. Starting on the hill for Nashville will be RHP Frankie De La Cruz (1-3, 7.23) against Round Rock's lefty Brad Mills (3-0, 2.81). Baseball returns to Greer Stadium on Tuesday, May 7, as the Sounds host the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA-Giants).


Nashville Box Score

Four hours and 32 minutes nets a 7th straight loss, ugh - fun clubhouse right now; Josh Prince on base five times...


Nashville Game Log

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So here's a dumb question. I looked at Wooten's line to see how he was getting the non-strikeouts and the box score said two groundouts and two flyouts. But Wooten pitched 3.1 innings (10 outs) and only had two strikeouts. So I looked at the play by play and there were three pop-outs and one line-out. So pop-outs are not considered fly-outs for statistical purposes?


While I've been on the w00ten bandwagon since the start, even though it's a small sample he's only yielded six hits and two walks in 13.2 IP. The 0.68 GO/AO ratio has me a bit concerned with what will happen at the major league level in Miller Park, but he's two years removed from TJ surgery so he should be fully recovered and last year his GO/AO in AAA was 1.14. Not closer material, but a cheap average bullpen arm from a 13th round draft pick is not a bad thing at all.

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