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Link Report for Wed. 5/29 - Sounds and Stars Hang On For Evening Victories


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Wednesday's Daily Menu:

 

All times are Central

 

Nashville: RHP Johnnie Lowe at home vs. Iowa (Cubs), 6:45 PM pre-game, 7:05 gametime

 

Free Live Audio Link

 

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.

 

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Huntsville: RHP Ariel Pena at Jackson (Mariners), 6:50 PM pre-game, 7:05 gametime

 

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

 

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Brevard County: LHP Jed Bradley at (Phillies), 12:00 PM gametime

 

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Wisconsin: RHP Eric Semmelhack at Beloit (Athletics), 10:50 AM pre-game, 11:00 gametime; look for RHP Preston Gainey in a tandem effort

 

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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Programming notes: Jackson has MiLB.TV coverage, so if you're a subscriber, you can watch this Stars' series (live and/or archived).

 

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No Brevard County audio from the Manatees' crew for this series in Clearwater, but you can listen to the Threshers' call here.

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Odds and ends:

 

The Tennessean has a notes column featuring the smooth transition the players had to interim Manager Charlie Greene.

 

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Florida Today has a new column about the future of Space Coast Stadium, from making a bid for the Brewers to move their operations there (an admittedly “Hail Mary” possibility, the article notes), to the last-resort option of tearing down the stadium, and developing something else there or selling the property. But every other possibility would need to be considered first. Of course, there are options in between those.

 

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The Manatees are currently the only above .500 affiliate at 27-23, but their "expected" Pythagorean W-L record is only 21-29. With Brevard County and Wisconsin notes already posted, that's just one of the many tidbits you should peruse.

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Is Chris McFarland hurt? He's only played in one of the last four games for the Timber Rattlers and that was as the DH.

 

Not that Chris has mentioned the past couple of days. Rodriguez had been hot at the plate, maybe that had something to do with it?

 

I see the T-Rats only have 2 hits thus far and I haven't been able to listen because I've been out at customer sites all morning and I'm hitting the road again, but I'd hope they turn it around.

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T-Rats lose getting shut out. I'll be on the road for the next hour or so but I'll get the summary up around 4 PM or so.

"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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Snappers shutout the Timber Rattlers

Wisconsin held to three hits at Pohlman Field

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

BELOIT, WI - Vincent Voiro and Derek De Young foiled Wisconsin Timber Rattlers batters all day long at Pohlman Field on Wednesday. The Beloit Snappers pitching duo shutout the Rattlers on three hits and were supported by a pair of home runs on the way to a 3-0 victory.

 

Beloit (31-21) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Rattlers starting pitcher Eric Semmelhack hit Chad Lewis to start the inning. Then, Christopher Bostick hit a fly ball that barely cleared the wall in left-center. But, it did clear the wall for a two-run home run to put the Snappers in front.

 

Wisconsin (22-26) had problems solving Beloit starter Vincent Voiro. The right-hander allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out three. Plus - due to a some outs on the bases - Voiro faced the minimum through his six innings of work.

 

The only real threat of the day for the Timber Rattlers was in the top of the eighth inning. Victor Roache doubled to left to start the frame against De Young. But, Roache was left stranded at second base when the inning ended.

 

Beloit added to their lead when Matt Olson hit a home run against Preston Gainey to lead off the bottom of the eighth.

 

Wisconsin would get a runner on base in the ninth inning against De Young, but they could not cash in and wound up getting shutout for the fourth time this season. De Young allowed one hit and struck out two to pick up his second save of the season.

 

Semmelhack took the loss for Wisconsin. He scattered four hits and two walks over four innings with four strikeouts. Taylor Mangum pitch an inning of scoreless relief. Gainey struck out five to match his single game high as a professional.

 

The final game of Wisconsin's two-week road trip is Thursday morning when the Rattlers face the Snappers at Pohlman Field. Tyler Wagner (4-3, 3.14) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. Beloit has Dakota Bacus (4-1, 3.15) set to start. Game time is 11:00am. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 10:40am.

 

HOME RUNS:

BEL:

[Christopher Bostick (3rd, 1 on in 2nd inning off Eric Semmelhack, 0 out)

Matt Olson (7th, 0 on in 8th inning off Preston Gainey, 0 out)

 

WP: Vincent Voiro (3-1)

LP: Eric Semmelhack (1-2)

SAVE: Derek DeYoung (2)

 

TIME: 2:07

ATTN: 711

 

Wisconsin Boxscore

The T-Rats have had a razor thin margin of error in this series. Every hit batter or error has been the difference in the outcome, it just hasn't been a good series as this was the Rattlers 4th loss in a row.

 

Max Walla and Michael Reed were the only baserunners before Victor Roache's 8th inning double, unfortunately both were erased by caught stealing.

 

Unfortunately MiLB.com will probably have a story up on this game later.

 

Wisconsin Recap

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Final: Brevard County 4, Clearwater (Phillies) 5 (10 Innings)

 

'Tees edged in ten on walk-off walk

Brevard drops third in a row to Clearwater in 5-4 matinee

By Dave Walkovic / Brevard County Manatees

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. - With the bases loaded in a tie game, Chris Serritella drew a walk-off walk in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Brevard County Manatees fell 5-4 to the Clearwater Threshers on Wednesday afternoon at Bright House Field.

 

Matt Miller entered the game in the tenth and allowed a single to Aaron Altheer to start the frame before Kelly Dugan walked. Maikel Franco then popped up to first, which was then followed by Cameron Perkins being hit by a pitch. Altheer then crossed the plate after was forced in by the Serritella walk with a full count.

 

The Manatees (27-24) held a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning before a two-run double by Carlos Alonso tied the game. Andre Lamontagne, who entered the game to start the inning, recorded just two outs and allowed two runs on the Alonso hit and three walks.

 

Brevard County took the lead in the first inning on a two-run opposite field blast by Nick Ramirez. For Ramirez, it was his tenth homer of the year. Clearwater (26-25) responded with a Kelly Dugan two-run opposite field shot of his own in the bottom half of the inning off of Manatees' starting pitcher Jed Bradley.

 

Dugan's homer would be the lone mistake that Bradley would make all afternoon. He did not factor in the decision, but left the game with the lead after six innings of work. The southpaw allowed just the two runs on four hits and one walk. He fanned a season-high seven batters.

 

The 'Tees regained a two-run lead in the top of the fifth inning, as T.J. Mittelstaedt started things off with a one-out walk. Greg Hopkins singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Hopkins and Ramirez both registered two hits in the ballgame for Brevard

 

With two outs, Hopkins stole second and an errant throw into center field by catcher Bob Stumpo allowed Mittelstaedt to score. The next batter, Cody Hawn, drove in Hopkins with a single lined to right field.

 

Kevin Shackelford tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to keep the game tied into extra innings. Clearwater's Ryan O'Sullivan was credited with the win after he tallied a scoreless top half of the tenth.

 

The Manatees will look to avoid both the series sweep and their first four-game losing streak of the season as they wrap up their three-game set with the Threshers on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

 

David Goforth (4-4, 2.77) will take the hill for Brevard County. Clearwater will counter with lefty Hoby Milner (4-2, 4.44).

 

Brevard County Box Score

 

Nick Ramirez belted his 10th home run of the season. He trails only Miguel Sano of the Twins for the Florida State League lead. Ramirez went 2 for 4 and drew a walk. Greg Hopkins stayed hot, going 2 for 5. Mitch Haniger was on base twice with a single and a walk. Cody Hawn and Chadwin Stang had the other two hits for the Manatees. Hopkins stole his fourth base of the year, but Stang got caught for the fourth time as well. Yadiel Rivera was hit by a pitch.

 

Jed Bradley pitched a pretty good game for BC. He went six innings and gave up just two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked just one. Andre Lamontagne really struggled after plunking Kyrell Hudson in the head. It may have shaken him up as he walked three and allowed one hit in just two-thirds of an inning. Kevin Shackelford did a good job of getting out of a seventh inning jam, on his way to tossing 2.1 innings of shutout ball, without allowing a hit. Matt Miller's season long struggles continued, as he retired just one batter before giving up the game winning run in the 10th.

 

Brevard County Play-By-Play

 

Brevard County Top of the 1st

T. J. Mittelstaedt walks.

Gregory Hopkins singles on a line drive to left fielder Aaron Altherr. T. J. Mittelstaedt to 2nd.

Mitch Haniger grounds into a double play, shortstop Jose Mojica to second baseman Carlos Alonso to first baseman Chris Serritella. T. Mittelstaedt to 3rd. Gregory Hopkins out at 2nd.

Nick Ramirez homers (10) on a fly ball to left field. T. J. Mittelstaedt scores.

Cody Hawn strikes out swinging.

 

Brevard County Top of the 5th

Chadwin Stang pops out to second baseman Carlos Alonso.

T. J. Mittelstaedt walks.

Gregory Hopkins singles on a ground ball to right fielder Cameron Perkins. T. J. Mittelstaedt to 3rd.

Mitch Haniger called out on strikes.

With Nick Ramirez batting, Gregory Hopkins steals (4) 2nd base, T. J. Mittelstaedt scores. Throwing error by catcher Bob Stumpo.

Nick Ramirez walks.

Cody Hawn singles on a line drive to right fielder Cameron Perkins. Gregory Hopkins scores. Nick Ramirez to 3rd.

Pitching Change: Colby Shreve replaces Perci Garner.

Ben McMahan flies out to right fielder Cameron Perkins.

 

Tenth Inning Trouble

 

Clearwater Bottom of the 10th

Pitching Change: Matt Miller replaces Kevin Shackelford.

Aaron Altherr singles on a line drive to center fielder Mitch Haniger.

With Kelly Dugan batting, Aaron Altherr steals (13) 2nd base.

Kelly Dugan walks.

Maikel Franco pops out to first baseman Cody Hawn in foul territory.

Cameron Perkins hit by pitch. Aaron Altherr to 3rd. Kelly Dugan to 2nd.

Chris Serritella walks. Aaron Altherr scores. Kelly Dugan to 3rd. Cameron Perkins to 2nd

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Via Jeff Hem's blog --

 

Audio from Nashville — Manager Mike Guerrero

 

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds manager Mike Guerrero, who returned to the team today after missing nine games with the recent passing of his father and longtime baseball scout, Epy Guerrero. Mike discusses the odd feeling of being away from his team during the season, his return to the club, the first-ever major league call-up for Donovan Hand (which happened while Mike was gone) and more about the life and baseball impact of Epy Guerrero.

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Final: Huntsville 6 Jackson 5

 

The Stars got another quality start from Ariel Pena and went on to defeat the Jackson Generals 6-5 Wednesday evening. Pena (5-3, 2.63) worked 6 innings giving up 1 run on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8. Pena threw 103 pitches, 65 for strikes and only had 2 ground outs to 6 fly outs. It was Pena's 5th straight quality start. Pena finishes May going 4-1 with a 1.11 ERA (4 earned runs over 32 1/3 innings), 14 walks and 39 strikeouts.

 

The Stars bullpen was not as sharp tonight, but had enough to hang on for the win. Santo Manzanillo pitched an inning of relief and allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 1. The run scored on a solo home run. Casey Medlen was brought in to work the 8th but couldn't get through the inning. In 2/3 of an inning, Medlen gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks. Lefty Thomas Keeling came on to finish the 8th and also worked the 9th. Keeling gave up a run on a solo home run in the 9th and struck out 3 to earn his first save of the season.

 

Huntsville Box Score

 

The Huntsville offense pounded out 10 hits as every starter had at least 1 hit in the win. Lead off hitter Nick Shaw was the only Star with 2 hits tonight. Shaw scored a run as well as he stole home as part of a double steal in the 5th. Third baseman Mike Walker hit a solo homer for the 2nd straight night. Shea Vucinich and Hector Gomez both reached base twice, each with a single and a walk. Brock Kjeldgaard and Robinzon Diaz each doubled in the game tonight. Kentrail Davis had a single, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole his team leading 13th base. Jason Rogers went 1-4 with an RBI and his 4th stolen base on the year, and catcher Shawn Zarraga had the Stars other hit, a single in the 2nd to drive in a run.

 

Huntsville Play By Play

 

The Stars 3 run 5th, all with 2 outs

 

Huntsville Top of the 5th

 

Shawn Zarraga called out on strikes.

Shea Vucinich walks.

Nick Shaw singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Julio Morban. Shea Vucinich to 3rd.

Hector Gomez lines out softly to first baseman Rich Poythress.

Pitching Change: Moises Hernandez replaces Anthony Fernandez.

Kentrail Davis singles on a ground ball to center fielder Denny Almonte. Shea Vucinich scores. Nick Shaw to 3rd.

With Jason Rogers batting, Nick Shaw steals (3) home. Kentrail Davis steals (13) 2nd base.

Jason Rogers singles on a ground ball to center fielder Denny Almonte. Kentrail Davis scores.

With Brock Kjeldgaard batting, Jason Rogers steals (4) 2nd base.

Brock Kjeldgaard called out on strikes.

 

Keeling closes it out in the 9th

 

Jackson Bottom of the 9th

 

Vinnie Catricala homers (3) on a fly ball to left field.

Jack Marder strikes out swinging.

Michael Dowd reaches on a throwing error by pitcher Thomas Keeling.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Steven Proscia replaces Michael Dowd.

Gabriel Noriega flies out to center fielder Brock Kjeldgaard.

Denny Almonte strikes out swinging

 

The Stars (23-29) and Generals (23-27) will play game 3 of the series tomorrow evening. Taylor Jungmann (4-5, 4.82) will be on the hill for the Stars. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 with Stars play by play man Alex Cohen starting things at 6:50 with the pre game show. This is also a game that is available via MiLB TV for those with a subscription.

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Ariel Pena finishes the month of May: 32.1 IP (not sure what happened on 5/3 - rain out?), 21 H, 1 HR, 4 ER, 14 BB, 39 K, 1.11 ERA, 1.08 WHIP. Other than the walks that is a beautiful line. [sarcasm]Who says we have no pitching prospects...[/sarcasm]

 

On the walks, has anyone watched him extensively in person? Is he just missing, effectively wild, or "juuuuuust a bit outside"? Is it one specific pitch that he is having trouble locating or is it inconsistency across the board?

 

Hello old friend again... Brad Nelson starting for Iowa.

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Sounds Edge I-Cubs For 4-3 Win

Lowe Makes First Triple-A Start; Hensley Debuts As Sound

Nashville Sounds

 

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Skipper Mike Guerrero waves Caleb Gindl around to score the game's first run (Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

 

AUDIO: Josh Prince's Two-Run Double

AUDIO: Gindl's Two-Run Double

AUDIO: Game-Ending Double Play

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Sounds held on to an early four-run lead Wednesday night at Greer Stadium to defeat the visiting Iowa Cubs by a 4-3 margin.

 

The Sounds put two runs on the board in the first inning via outfielder Josh Prince's double down the left-field line. The hit scored Caleb Gindl, who singled on a grounder into right field, and Stephen Parker, having reached base on balls.

 

Gindl, who finished two-for-four, added two runs in the following inning with a double off the side of the left-field wall. The two-out rally was spurred by starting pitcher Johnnie Lowe's first career hit: a double to dead center.

 

Scooter Gennett, scoring the second run in the second inning, reached base with a single. The Sounds second baseman has now reached base safely in 42 of his 46 games.

 

Lowe kept the I-Cubs hitless through the first three innings and finished after four, allowing two runs on two hits, walking two and striking out six in his first Triple-A start. His two runs came in the fourth inning on back-to-back RBI-hits from Dave Sappelt and Brad Nelson.

 

The I-Cubs added a run in the fifth, attacking Clay Hensley in his Nashville Sounds debut. The right-hander, added to the Nashville roster on Monday, started with a walk and allowed a double to pitcher Nick Struck. Logan Watkins drove in a run with a single to center. Hensley recorded a groundout and was relieved by Travis Webb (1-2), who prevented any further damage to pick up his first win of the season.

 

Frankie De La Cruz and Michael Olmsted both logged scoreless innings out of the Sounds bullpen. De La Cruz pitched the sixth and seventh innings, allowing just two hits to Iowa, while Olmsted fired two strikeouts in a hitless eighth.

 

Rob Wooten finished the game on the hill for Nashville to collect his seventh save of the season. After allowing two singles, Wooten collected a bunt from Watkins and got the runner at third for the first out and capped it off with a game-ending double play.

 

The Sounds play game three against the division-rival Iowa Cubs (Cubs affiliate) at Greer Stadium Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. LHP Chris Narveson is scheduled to make a rehab start for Nashville, opposite Iowa's LHP Brooks Raley (4-3, 4.53). The Sounds will be wearing retro blue uniforms for Burger King's Throwback Thursday, where fans can enjoy $2 beer and select concession items.

 

 

Nashville Box

Gennett: 2-4

Gindl: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Parker: 0-1, 3 BB

Prince: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Hunter Morris: 1-3, BB

Lowe: 1-2, 2B

 

Olmsted's scoreless appearances streak is now up to five games.

 

 

Nashville PbP

Wooten's ten-pitches-of-terror frame:

 

Iowa Top of the 9th

-Pitching Change: Rob Wooten replaces Michael Olmsted, batting 8th, replacing shortstop Blake Davis.

-Defensive Substitution: Hainley Statia replaces pitcher Michael Olmsted, batting 9th, playing shortstop.

-J. C. Boscan singles on a line drive to center fielder Caleb Gindl.

-Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald replaces Casey Coleman.

-Darnell McDonald singles on a line drive to left fielder Josh Prince. C. Boscan to 2nd.

-Logan Watkins grounds into a force out, pitcher Rob Wooten to third baseman Stephen Parker. J. C. Boscan out at 3rd. Darnell McDonald to 2nd. Logan Watkins to 1st.

-Brian Bogusevic grounds into a double play, second baseman Scooter Gennett to shortstop Hainley Statia to first baseman Hunter Morris. Logan Watkins out at 2nd.

 

 

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This is loaded for what looked to be a rather uneventful game from the box score and recap.

 

The Silence – Postgame post for May 29, 2013

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

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