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Thursday's Daily Menu:


All times are Central


Colorado Springs: LHP Nick Additon at home vs. Oklahoma City (Dodgers), 7:35 PM pre-game, 8:05 gametime


Free Live Audio Link


We welcome Dan Karcher, who is the longtime play-by-play voice of the Sky Sox; follow him on Twitter @SkySoxKarch


MiLB.TV -- for subscribers; all Colorado Springs games, home and away, will be available to watch via MiLB.TV's $49.99 season-long package ($12.99 to pay for a single month). The audio feed is from the home team. The video of each game is archived online, which is a nice feature. All MiLB.TV details available at the link.


NOTE: Notice that on MiLB.TV's page, you can click on "Filter", then "Milwaukee Brewers", and you'll see just the Crew's organizational TV lineup.




Biloxi: LHP Hobbs Johnson at Tennessee (Cubs), 5:50 PM pre-game, 6:05 gametime


Free Live Audio Link


We also welcome Chris Harris as the very first play-by-play voice of the Shuckers! Follow Chris on Twitter @CHarris731. We'll be linking to his fantastic "Shuck Dynasty" blog. All games, home and away, are scheduled to be radio broadcast.


MiLB.TV - Eight of the ten Southern League teams telecast their home games, and Biloxi is among them!


NOTE: This series in Tennessee is available via MiLB.TV.




Brevard County: RHP Cy Sneed at Tampa (Yankees), 6:00 gametime


Free Live Audio Link - Yankees Feed Only


No Florida State League games are available via MiLB.TV.




Wisconsin: RHP Angel Ventura at Kane County (Diamondbacks), 6:10 PM pre-game, 6:30 gametime


Free Live Audio Link - 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.


NOTE: Forty-two (!) of the Rattlers' 70 home games will be broadcast on TV this season. Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (9) and WACY-TV My NEW32 (34) will split duties. We'll let you know when and who, and remember to refer to the Rattlers' full TV schedule (scroll to bottom of link) so you can coordinate your DVR activity.


So, for the $49.95 season-long package, fans in Brewer Nation can watch all Sky Sox games, most Shuckers games, and all Timber Rattlers home games and some road games.


NOTE: This series in Kane County is available via MiLB.TV.




Helena: LHP David Carver and RHP J.B. Kole in a doubleheader at Grand Junction (Rockies), 5:45 PM pre-game, 6:05 gametime; each contest slated for seven innings


Free Live Audio Link


We welcome back and again look forward to hearing second-year Voice of the H-Crew Dustin Daniel (@dustin__daniel on Twitter).


MiLB.TV -- When the H-Crew makes their way to Grand Junction and Orem in July, and Idaho Falls in August, those games will be available to watch online.


NOTE: This series in Grand Junction is available via MiLB.TV.




Arizona Rookie (Maryvale): at the Indians' complex in Goodyear, 9:00 PM gametime; never audio for games in this league




DSL Brewers: at home vs. the DSL Mets #2 squad, 9:30 AM, although game data won't be available until later in the day


We'll link to this Dominican Summer League Brewers' thread as part of the Daily Menu all season to assist you with your familiarity with these young men.

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Look for these just prior to the respective game times --


Colorado Springs Media Notes - Home games only, it's a unique link each day, but look for it under the "Multimedia" banner on the Sky Sox' site.


Biloxi Media Notes - Linked on the Shuck Dynasty blog


Wisconsin Media Notes - Linked on the Rattler Radio blog






AAA - Pacific Coast League American Northern Division


AA - Southern League South Division


High-A - Florida State League North Division


A - Midwest League Western Division


Pioneer League North Division


Arizona League Central Division


Dominican Summer League San Pedro de Macoris




Sortable individual stat pages:


Colorado Springs




Brevard County








DSL Brewers






Colorado Springs, CO


Sevierville, TN


Tampa, FL


Geneva, IL


Grand Junction, CO


Goodyear, AZ


San Pedro de Macoris, DR

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Update from Helena's Dustin Daniel:


Yesterday’s rainout will be made up back in Helena next Thursday the 16th. Grand Junction will act as the home team for the first of the two games and Helena the second. Time is yet to be determined.


That means doubleheader today starting at 5:00 PM (6:00 Central) and the single game Friday in Grand Junction.

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Former Brewer great Don Money still helping prospects

Steve Clark, Gannett Wisconsin Media




Former Brewer great Don Money, shown here managing the Nashville Sounds in 2009, is now a special instructor of player development for the Brewers and recently wrapped up a visit to Appleton to work with the Timber Rattlers players. Money has spent nearly 30 years in the Brewers’ organization as a player and coach. (Photo: Gannett Media File Photo)


GRAND CHUTE - It's been more than 30 years since Don Money's days as a Major League Baseball player came to an end.


Yet, the former Brewer has never seemed to stray more than a long relay throw from the game.




Also posted in full in our season-long feature article Coaching Thread...

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Noticed the Twins added catcher Eric Fryer to their roster (career stats).


He's spent parts of the past five seasons in the bigs.


Back in February 2009, we somehow had a multi-page thread on the seemingly minor deal that sent Fryer, a 10th round pick out of Ohio State in 2007, to the Yankees for (do you remember who?)


Here's that thread.


Be sure you read this particular post from the thread -- gold, Jerry, gold!

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Wow, freaking Chase Wright, "a move that had to be made"... some of those comments are pretty funny now. Just more bargain bin trash, too bad we didn't put a package together for a real pitcher like Niemann. Yes I know a shoulder injury ended his career, but 3 good years of Niemann would have been better than Wright's run of futility with the Brewers in the minor leagues. At least the Brewers would have had another legitimately talented pitcher besides Yo for a while.

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McFarland's Grand Slam Leads Brevard County to 5-3 Victory

Sneed Wins First Game as a Manatee; 'Tees Take Series in Tampa

By Dave Walkovic / Brevard County Manatees

07/09/2015 10:43 PM ET



Chris McFarland, seen here from a game earlier this season, recorded two hits, including a grand slam, in Thursday's victory in Tampa. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)


Tampa, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees (6-8, 35-48) received an excellent pitching performance and one big swing of the bat in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Yankees (7-7, 41-43) on Thursday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


With the Yankees leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, the Brevard County offense went to work against starter Cale Coshow (4-2, 2.49 ERA). With two outs, Michael Ratterree was hit by a pitch. Rafael Neda and Angel Ortega singled consecutively to load the bases. Omar Garcia then reached on an infield single that plated Ratterree and tied the game. Chris McFarland stepped up and launched an opposite field grand slam that gave the Manatees a 5-1 advantage. It was McFarland's second home run of the season and the first grand slam by a Brevard County player since Alfredo Rodriguez launched one on 8/18/14 vs. Tampa.


Cy Sneed (1-1, 4.09 ERA) allowed just two runs - one earned - over seven innings to earn the win. He surrendered eight hits and no walks. Sneed struck out three batters.


Kaleb Earls came on in relief for the final two innings. He allowed just one run, on a Jake Skole RBI double in the ninth inning. Earls recorded his third save of the season.


After taking two of three games in Tampa, the Manatees will start a four-game series in Port Charlotte tomorrow against the Stone Crabs. Wei-Chung Wang (6-2, 4.54 ERA) will toe the rubber for Brevard County.


Brevard County Box Score


Huge nights for Chris McFarland and Cy Sneed. Garrett Cooper left mid-game. Not sure what that is about.


Brevard County Game Log


Yankees ran themselves out of an inning in the first when they had Cy Sneed on the ropes a little:



Tampa Bottom of the 1st


Tyler Wade singles on a ground ball to right fielder Clint Coulter.

With Abiatal Avelino batting, wild pitch by Cy Sneed, Tyler Wade to 2nd.

Abiatal Avelino doubles (5) on a line drive to center fielder Omar Garcia. Tyler Wade scores.

Dustin Fowler reaches on a fielder's choice out, shortstop Angel Ortega to third baseman Taylor Brennan. Abiatal Avelino out at 3rd.

With Mike Ford batting, Dustin Fowler caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Cameron Garfield to shortstop Angel Ortega.

Mike Ford called out on strikes.


The big inning, all with 2 outs:



Brevard County Top of the 5th


Garrett Cooper hit by pitch.

Cameron Garfield grounds into a double play, shortstop Tyler Wade to second baseman Abiatal Avelino to first baseman Mike Ford. Garrett Cooper out at 2nd.

Michael Ratterree hit by pitch.

Rafael Neda singles on a line drive to left fielder Jake Skole. Michael Ratterree to 3rd.

Angel Ortega singles on a line drive to center fielder Dustin Fowler. Michael Ratterree scores. Rafael Neda to 2nd.

Omar Garcia singles on a ground ball to second baseman Abiatal Avelino. Rafael Neda to 3rd. Angel Ortega to 2nd.

Christopher McFarland hits a grand slam (2) to right field. Rafael Neda scores. Angel Ortega scores. Omar Garcia scores.

Taylor Brennan grounds out, shortstop Tyler Wade to first baseman Mike Ford.

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Final: DSL Mets2 11, DSL Brewers 9


The Brewers jumped out to an early lead thanks to a five run second inning, but the Mets answered right back with three runs in the top of the third. It was a back-and-forth contest from there, but a four run eighth from the Mets proved to be too much for the Brewers to overcome as they fell 11-9.


DSL Brewers Box Score


Nelson Hernandez turned in another short outing, going just three innings and giving up four runs, three earned. He hasn't lasted more than five innings in any of his six starts this season. Former Tampa right-hander Yomelbin Almonte followed Hernandez and pitched fairly well, giving up just one run over three innings. Starling Duval was charged with the loss after he allowed four runs in just two-thirds of an inning.


23-year-old Yerison Pena continued to thrive against the younger competition in the DSL, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a home run. He also drew a walk and knocked in four runs. Julio Mendez went 2-for-5 with a triple as the Brewers leadoff hitter. Ariel Estades and Franly Mallen each added two hits and a walk in five plate appearances with Estades adding his 15th stolen base of the season.


DSL Brewers Game Log

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Rattlers fall hard in Kane County

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers



Dustin DeMuth had a double and an RBI for the Timber Rattlers Thursday night at Kane County. (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Ann Mollica)


GENEVA, IL - The Kane County Cougars defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 13-2 Thursday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Kane County collected nineteen hits in the game and erased an early two-run deficit to go on to their third straight win over the Rattlers.


Wisconsin (28-57 overall, 5-10 second half) grabbed the early lead with two runs in the top of the first against Cougars starting pitcher Chris Oliver. Brandon Diaz started the game with a walk and a single by Blake Allemand sent Diaz around to third base. Dustin DeMuth knocked in Diaz with a sacrifice fly. An errant pickoff throw by Oliver allowed Allemand to take third base. Carlos Leal drove in Allemand and the Rattlers were up 2-0.


Kane County (49-34, 13-2) responded with four runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the bottom of the second. In the first, Marty Herum cracked a two-run double to tie the game. Henry Castillo hit a two-out, two-run homer and the Cougars were up 4-2. The hit was the first of four on the night for Castillo.


In the second, Rattlers starting pitcher Angel Ventura gave up a leadoff single to Victor Reyes, who stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Wisconsin brought the infield in and a grounder was hit to second baseman Gregory Munoz, but the throw home was just late and Reyes scored to make it 5-2. Later in the inning, Herum drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Castillo knocked in two more with a double to give him four RBI on the night and the Cougars were up 8-2.


The Rattlers tried to put a rally together in the fourth inning against Oliver. Natanael Mejia reached on an infield single. Gregory Munoz and Diaz followed with bunt singles to load the bases, but Oliver escaped without allowing a run. Oliver, who just arrived with Kane County from Lakewood in the South Atlantic League after a trade between the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondback, tossed six innings in his Cougars debut. He allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings, struck out five with one walk, and picked up the win.


Kane County poured on the offense with another run in the fifth off Ventura, three more in the seventh off Tyler Linehan, and one last run in the eighth off Scott Lieser. In the two game series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, Kane County outscored the Rattlers 28-7 and outhit the Rattlers 36-18.


The Timber Rattlers continue their road trip with game one of a four-game series against the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field on Friday night. David Burkhalter (2-5, 4.75) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Beloit sends Daniel Gossett (3-8, 5.42) to the mound. Game time is 7:00pm.


Catch the radio broadcast of the game on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:40pm. The broadcast may also be heard on Tune In Radio and IHeartRadio.




Henry Castillo (1st, 1 on in 1st off Angel Ventura, 2 out)


WP: Chris Oliver (1-0)

LP: Angel Ventura (3-3)


TIME: 2:37

ATTN: 4,893


Wisconsin Boxscore

Someone stop the bleeding! Kane County has destroyed the T-Rats so far this season. Angel Ventura got upset about the strike zone early and it all went south, both teams were unhappy with the plate umpire so at least he was consistently bad. Just keep pitching Angel... this stinker bumped his ERA a full run from 2.84 all the way to 3.84 and set the tone for another night to forget from the pitching staff as a whole.


So lets talk a little theory because Marty Harem, while unfortunately from St Paul and likely a Vikings' fan, played baseball at UW Whitewater and had a successful career there. The last time the Brewers dipped into the D3 ranks that I recall was for Austin Blaski, who just kind of faded away after an injury. The WIAC is one of the better D3 conferences in the nation, and I know it's not the same competition as D1 and all that, but there have been successful big league players to come from the conference.


Now this may sound like criticism, but it's not, it's more curiosity because Harem wasn't drafted by anyone, signed as a NDFA with AZ, and has gotten better every year. Now he's not going to set the world on fire from a SLG or OBP standpoint, but he's pretty decent at 1B and has room to fill out yet. The Brewers have taken some players with much higher ceilings: In 2012 they took Alan Sharkey and Adam Giacalone, neither one of those guys performed better at the plate than Herum, though Sharkey is an excellent defensive 1B. in 2013 it was Garrett Cooper and David Denson, both with much higher ceilings than Herum, but in 2014 they didn't take a single 1B, and this year came back with Tyrone Perry and Steven Karkenny. Just looking around at where the Brewers are it seems like they could have had room for a guy like Herum as Cooper is the only player who's outperformed Herum to this point but is repeating at BC.


So all this got me thinking, do the Brewers scout the best players in the WIAC or is it just UWM? Every year it seems like a player or 2 gets drafted or signed from the WIAC but not by the Brewers. Every once in a while there are pop-up players that are nationally recognized like Jordan Zimmermann, Bob Wickman, or Jarrod Washburn so every team is on them, and of course this a cold weather state, the quality of baseball is just D3, and every other negative someone can think of. However, I just find myself curious if the only show in town is spending time scouting the only college baseball conference in the state or is it not worth the time?


At any rate the Rattlers put 9 hits on the board which would normally be cause for celebration but ended up on the wrong side of another drubbing. The unfortunate Sthervin Matos was the only player not to record a hit and Natanael Mejia (2-4) recorded the only multi-hit game. Mejia isn't the best defender, tonight he forgot there was a runner on 2nd when there was a wild pitch, but he's got some talent with the stick.


Kane County continues to challenge Dustin DeMuth with bunts up the 3rd base line, he's made most but not all of the plays.


I for one will be glad when the season series with Kane County is over because they have a Munoz and Castillo as well, so if I get distracted I have no idea what's exactly happening when Chris is describing the action when I re-focus my attention back on the game. On the bright side at least Mehring was entertaining, he really does make my summers.


Wisconsin Recap

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

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Final: Biloxi 8, Tennessee 5


Arcia, Shaw guide Shuckers past Smokies, hit 50 win mark

Shuckers snap three-game losing skid in series opener at Tennessee

Biloxi Shuckers



Orlando Arcia collected his seventh multi-extra-base hit game in 2015 with a pair of doubles (Benton Reed Photography)


KODAK, TN - The Shuckers snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-5 victory over the Tennessee Smokies at Smokies Stadium on Thursday night, starting the second-half of the 10-game road trip. Shortstop Orlando Arcia led a Shuckers offense that tallied 11 hits by finishing the evening 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and two stolen bases. Late addition to the lineup, Nick Shaw reached base safely five times in the win. The win places every team in the Southern League South in a tie for first place at 7-7 at the conclusion of Thursday's action and makes the Shuckers the eighth team in minor league baseball to reach the 50-win plateau.


Biloxi (7-7) started the scoring with a two-run second, using a RBI single from lead-off man Nick Shaw (2x3, RBI, 3 R, 3 BB) and a run-scoring double by Orlando Arcia (3x4, 3 RBI, R, 2 2B, 2 SB) to spot the Shuckers to a 2-0 lead.


Tennessee (6-7) put up a two-spot in the bottom-half of the third inning to knot the game with aN RBI single by Bijan Rademacher and a RBI groundout by Stephen Bruno.


The Shuckers created separation with a five-run fifth to pull ahead, 7-2. Shaw singled and moved over to second on a walk to Tyrone Taylor (1x4, R, 2 BB) to set up Arcia's second RBI of the game on a single. Michael Reed (2x5, RBI, R) followed with a single to push Taylor across and Nick Ramirez' (1x3, 2 RBI, 2 BB, R) two-run single plated Arcia and Reed to give Biloxi a four-run advantage. Victor Roache's (1x3, RBI, 3B, BB) triple, one out later, allowed Ramirez across for the fifth run of the inning. Ramirez has eight RBI's over his last five games and is second in the Southern League with 56 on the year.


Biloxi would tack on another run in the fifth for a six-run lead on a RBI double for Arcia to bring in Shaw and make it an 8-2 game. The 20-year-old shortstop collected his 12th three-hit performance and now leads the league with 24 doubles.


Shuckers' starter Hobbs Johnson (6-4) was effective in his outing, coming one out shy of picking up his second quality start of the season. In 5.2 innings of work, the southpaw from North Carolina allowed four runs on five hits, five walks and three strikeouts. The 23-year-old left after walking Tyler Pearson and giving way to Derek Eitel out of the bullpen.


The Smokies clawed their way back with two runs in the sixth and added on another in the eighth off of reliever Jed Bradley. Tennessee loaded the bases with one out, but Damien Magnifico (SV, 11) struck out Wilson Contreras and got Billy McKinney to ground out to second to keep the Shuckers' lead at three. The Shuckers' closer would shut down Tennessee in the ninth and use a game-ending double play to secure the win.


Biloxi will try to start a new winning streak on Friday night against the Smokies in game two of the five-game series. RHP Brooks Hall (7-5, 4.68) will toe the rubber for the Shuckers, while the Tennessee will send out RHP Ivan Pineyro (5-4, 3.72) First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., with coverage beginning at 5:50 p.m. on 1240-AM WGCM, 1580-AM WPMO and the Biloxi Shuckers Radio Network. Fans can also listen to the game using the TuneIn Radio app or by going to http://www.biloxishuckers.com.


Biloxi Box Score


Hobbs Johnson was up and down, struggling with his command. He walked five and gave up five hits in five and two-thirds innings. On a positive note, that's five straight scoreless outings for Damien Magnifico who has been nails at the back end of the bullpen. Orlando Arcia continues to excel, reaching base in four of his five trips to the plate. He walked, singled and had a pair of doubles and also stole his 11th and 12th bases of the season.


Biloxi Game Log


Biloxi's five run fourth inning


Biloxi Top of the 4th

Hobbs Johnson called out on strikes.

Nick Shaw singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Willson Contreras.

Tyrone Taylor walks. Nick Shaw to 2nd.

Pitching Change: Tayler Scott replaces Felix Pena, batting 9th.

Orlando Arcia singles on a line drive to left fielder Bijan Rademacher. Nick Shaw scores. Tyrone Taylor to 2nd.

Michael Reed singles on a line drive to right fielder Billy McKinney. Tyrone Taylor scores. Orlando Arcia to 3rd. Michael Reed to 2nd on the throw.

Nick Ramirez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Billy McKinney. Orlando Arcia scores. Michael Reed scores.

Taylor Green strikes out swinging.

Victor Roache triples (2) on a line drive to right fielder Billy McKinney. Nick Ramirez scores.

Adam Weisenburger strikes out swinging, catcher Tyler Pearson to first baseman Wes Darvill.

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Trent Clark sucks. He can't even buy a single. (In related news, I can't figure out how to do blue text on my phone.)


I know Nick Ramirez is 25, and "next Hunter Morris" oblivion looms, but jacking up the walk rate at AA like he has is pretty great.


TheCrew07, those are really interesting (and typically knowledgeable) thoughts about the Brewers and Wisconsin scouting -- thanks.

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