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Monday's Daily Menu:


All times are Central


Colorado Springs: RHP Josh Roenicke at Omaha (Royals), 6:35 PM pre-game, 7:05 gametime


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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: Idle




Brevard County: First, it's Palm Beach and the Manatees picking up where they left off in Sunday's suspended game, game log here (suspended in the bottom of the second with Michael Ratterree on first and two outs. Jose Pena was at the plate with a 1-2 count. There was no score.) There will be a seven-inning nightcap, the day's action kicks off at 3:35 PM pre-game, 4:05 gametime


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Dave Walkovic returns as the play-by-play voice of the 'Tees; follow the Brevard broadcast booth staff on Twitter @BCManateesRadio, as all home games and the "commuter" road games are scheduled to be broadcast in 2015.


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




Wisconsin: Idle




Helena: LHP Jake Drossner at home vs. Missoula (Diamondbacks), 7:45 PM pre-game, 8:05 gametime


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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 Idaho Falls in August, those games will be available to watch online.




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




DSL Brewers: at home vs. the DSL Pirates, 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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From Sunday's Link Report --



Scoreless until the 8th --


AZL Brewers Top of the 8th


Defensive Substitution: Andruw Monasterio replaces shortstop Javier Baez, batting 3rd, playing shortstop.

Daniel Leonardo strikes out swinging.

Trent Clark triples (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Angelo Amendolare.

Nicolas Pierre singles on a ground ball to center fielder Roberto Caro. Trent Clark scores.

Gilbert Lara reaches on a force attempt, missed catch error by shortstop Andruw Monasterio, assist to second baseman Carlos Sepulveda. Nicolas Pierre to 2nd.

Demi Orimoloye strikes out swinging.

Juan Ortiz singles on a ground ball to right fielder Robert Garcia. Nicolas Pierre scores. Gilbert Lara to 3rd.

With Max McDowell batting, Gilbert Lara steals (1) home. Juan Ortiz steals (1) 2nd base.

Max McDowell grounds out, second baseman Carlos Sepulveda to first baseman Jose Paniagua.

The bad news is that its a strikeout for Demi. The good news is that VIDEO exists of the at-bat in its entirety.


EDIT: Just realized there is some NSFW language towards the end of the video.



We can add to that list these additional videos by Eric Longenhagen, you may wish to add his YouTube page to your favorites, particularly if you have interest across the baseball prospect landscape, not just the Brewers.


This Trent Clark video from Sunday includes his swing on what would become a triple -- in fact, Eric has video of this go-ahead game-winning sequence from the 8th inning of Sunday's game:


Trent Clark triples (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Angelo Amendolare.

Nicolas Pierre singles on a ground ball to center fielder Roberto Caro. Trent Clark scores.

Gilbert Lara reaches on a force attempt, missed catch error by shortstop Andruw Monasterio, assist to second baseman Carlos Sepulveda. Nicolas Pierre to 2nd.

Demi Orimoloye strikes out swinging.





18-year-old OF Nicolas Pierre is listed at 6'3", and looks every bit of that here --





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Stephen Peterson and Zach Hirsch will get the nods for the Manatees today. This, of course, assumes they get the two games in.


Nowcast | as of 1:43 PM EDT on July 27, 2015


A weak area of low pressure situated offshore of Tampa Bay will combine with abundant moisture and surface heating to produce scattered showers and a few lightning storms. Activity will move toward the northeast at around 20 mph. Briefly heavy rain along with wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph will be possible in the heavier showers. Rain amounts of a quarter to half an inch will be possible through dusk. Additional details...including graphics are available online at: http://www.Srh.NOAA.Gov/mlb/blog.Php

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As per Dustin Daniel, Voice of the H-Crew:


RHP Marcos Diplan (Gallardo trade) and LHP Christian Trent (Ole' Miss, 24th round) will represent Helena in the Pioneer League All-Star Game against All-Stars from the Northwest League August 4 in Spokane, Washington.


OF Monte Harrison also selected, but will miss the game (season-ending ankle surgery).

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Manatees take the suspended game 4-2. Tremendous job by Stephen Peterson in the spot long relief of Cy Sneed. Taylor Brennan's two run double in the 6th gave the Manatees the lead and a long 2 run homer by Garrett Cooper gave them a 3 run cushion. Trevor Seidenberger and Preston Gainey worked in the last 3 innings. I will have the full link report later.
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Final: DSL Pirates 6, DSL Brewers 7


DSL Brewers Box Score


The Brewers jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 7-6 victory. 21-year-old righty Nattino Diplan started and earned the win, going seven innings and giving up just two runs. Ignacio Otano was the designated hitter and he reached base in all four of his plate appearances with a walk, two singles and a double. Yerison Pena went 2-for-4 and Franly Mallen added a double. Newly signed Jay Feliciano made his Brewers debut. He went 0-for-4 but scored a run after reaching on an error in the second inning.


DSL Brewers Game Log


The Brewers got three in the second inning thanks to some wildness from Pirates starter Yerry De Los Santos and some shoddy defense behind him.


DSL Brewers Bottom of the 2nd

Nicol Valderrey singles on a line drive to center fielder Yondry Contreras.

Yerison Pena singles on a line drive to left fielder Eddy Vizcaino. Nicol Valderrey to 2nd.

With Anderson Jesus batting, wild pitch by Yerry De Los Santos, Nicol Valderrey to 3rd. Yerison Pena to 2nd.

Anderson Jesus out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Jeremias Portorreal. Nicol Valderrey scores.

Jay Feliciano reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Christopher Perez. Yerison Pena to 3rd.

With Dilson Fernandez batting, wild pitch by Yerry De Los Santos, Jay Feliciano to 2nd.

Dilson Fernandez called out on strikes.

Marcos Pinero singles on a line drive to center fielder Yondry Contreras. Yerison Pena scores. Jay Feliciano scores. Marcos Pinero to 2nd on the throw.

With Ignacio Otano batting, Marcos Pinero steals (16) 3rd base.

Ignacio Otano walks.

With Julio Mendez batting, Ignacio Otano picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Yerry De Los Santos to first baseman Mikell Granberry.

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Shaky first half in the books for inconsistent Brewers

Ryan Collingwood, Helena Independent Record


It was just ten days ago when the Helena Brewers hit the .500 mark after Jake Gatewood's three-run, walk-off homer downed the Orem Owlz 4-3 in a Saturday afternoon tilt at Kindrick Legion Field.


That swing of the bat -- capping off a stretch that saw the Brewers win 10 of 16 games while winning the season series against the South Division leaders -- was the apex of the their first half of Pioneer League play.


Monday, however, as the first of half of Pioneer League concluded with a slew of rain-caused cancellations, the Brewers (16-20) are sitting in the North Division cellar. The same club that hasn't boasted a winning record since 2013 when it advanced to the championship series.


When the Brewers started their 2015 campaign with a 3-8 mark back in June, though, it evoked memories of its 2014 struggles. Third-year manager Tony Diggs, whose team is 12-12 this July, believes he has a solid group that just hasn't been very consistent.


"We've been flirting with over .500 for a while," Diggs said. "But we just haven't been able to get over the hump. It can be one of those things where you can put things together in all three facets, then there's other times we struggle and aren't very consistent."


The Milwaukee rookie affiliate is just 2-6 since it got back to the .500 mark. A recent injury bug that hit a pair of the top prospects in the organization in that span hasn't helped.


Monte Harrison, the 50th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, broke his tibia and dislocated his left fibula while rounding third base last Tuesday and is now out for the season. He was having the most productive month of his career, too, hitting after hitting .400 in the month of July with a team-leading 14 stolen bases.


The shortstop Gatewood, the Brewers' first pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, was hit by a pitch on Thursday night and sat out the next couple of games.


The Helena Brewers have also had six players promoted during the first half, which Diggs dubbed as "a little more than usual." Five -- sure-fire hitters Blake Allemand, a shortstop, and utility man Luis Aviles, speedy base-runner Omar Cotto and pitchers Cody Ponce and David Carver -- were sent to the Single A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Catcher Dustin Houle, who was on the team for all of two weeks after injury rehab in the Arizona League, was sent to the Double A Brevard County Manatees in Florida.


"You obviously like to keep your core players," Diggs said. "But the idea is to develop them. So if there is a need [on Milwaukee's organization] team above of us or below us, we need to accommodate them. On the plus side of that, though, it lets a guy come up here [from AZL] and get the chance to prove himself."


The Brewers are leading the Pioneer League in steals once again with 80 thefts on the year. That and his team's defense in the field is what has impressed Diggs the most as the team heads into the rookie league and Single A All-Star break. The Single A Northwest League and Pioneer League's best square off in an All-Star game on Aug. 4 at Avista Stadium in Spokane, Washington.


Helena had a combined 29 errors in 36 games.


"I've been impressed with our defense and the bats have been solid," Diggs said. "Our pitching is what's been up and down."


The Brewers rank last in all over the Pioneer League in batting average (.263) and are second-to-last in ERA (6.01). Jordan Yamamoto leads the league in strikeouts with 39 in 38 innings.


Trio of Brewers named All-Stars


The Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game features three selections from the Brewers. Only two of them, however, are able to play.


Harrison, out for the season due to his broken leg, was selected along with pitchers Christian Trent (2-1, 1 save, 4.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, three walks) and Marcos Diplan (2-1, 3.81 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 28 strikeouts).


The game begins at 7:30 p.m. PST, following the home run derby set for 5:30 p.m.

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Timely Hitting, Bullpen Carry Manatees to Game One Triumph

All Four Manatee Runs Score With Two Out

By Jerry Durney / Brevard County Manatees

07/27/2015 11:43 PM ET




Brevard County reliever Stephen Peterson earned his third win of the season in game one of Monday's doubleheader. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)


Viera, Fla. - After heavy rain suspended the action on Sunday night, the Brevard County Manatees (14-14, 43-54 overall) made the most of their opportunities in a 4-2 win over the Palm Beach Cardinals (20-9, 52-47) in the completed game on Monday at Space Coast Stadium.


The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the third against Stephen Peterson, who took over for Sunday's starting pitcher, Cy Sneed. The inning would be led off by an infield single for Derek Gibson, who then moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robelys Reyes. C.J. McElroy followed with an opposite-field base hit into right but Gibson was held up at third. He would not have to wait long as Danny Diekroeger's sacrifice fly to center would allow him to sprint home with the game's first run.


That margin would stand until a Manatee rally came with two out in the bottom of the sixth against Cardinal reliever Blake McKnight, who had taken over for Sunday starter Rob Kaminsky. Clint Coulter reached after being hit by a McKnight pitch, then advanced another 90 feet on a Garrett Cooper single. Palm Beach would call upon Silfredo Garcia to retire Taylor Brennan but Brennan would respond clubbing a two-run double over Collin Radack's head in left field to put Brevard County ahead.


The insurance would come in the bottom of the eighth, once again with two out. Omar Garcia would lead off the inning with an infield single and then promptly took second for his 39th stolen base of the season. Chris McFarland moved Garcia to third on a sacrifice bunt and following a Coulter strikeout, Cooper launched a 422-foot two-run homer over the berm in left field.


Preston Gainey gave up a two-out RBI double to Carson Kelly in the top of the ninth but that's as close as the Cardinals would come.


Peterson earned his third win of the season by giving up one run on four hits in four and one-third innings of work.


Offensively, Cooper extended his streak of consecutive games with a hit to 11 by going three-for-four at the plate. Brennan, who recorded his 20th double of the season and Garcia recorded multi-hit games.


Brevard County Box Score


The bullpen came through for the Manatees. Rough night at the plate for Clint Coulter. He hit into a double play with the bases loaded and one out to end the 3rd. He also struck out with a man on 3rd and one out in the eighth before Garrett Cooper redeemed the situation with a home run. Garrett Cooper now up to .294 batting average. He and Taylor Brennan have 46 RBIs on the year and Clint Coulter 45.


Brevard County Game Log

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Cooper's Homer Not Enough in Game Two Loss

Hirsch Tosses Six Innings in Loss

By Dave Walkovic / Brevard County Manatees

07/27/2015 11:45 PM ET




Viera, Fla. - The Palm Beach Cardinals (21-9, 53-47 overall) scored two runs in the sixth inning in a 2-1 victory over the Brevard County Manatees (14-15, 43-55 overall) in game two of Monday night's doubleheader at Space Coast Stadium.


Trailing 1-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Robelys Reyes pushed a bunt single up the first base line with no outs. Brett Wiley then singled to left-center field against Brevard County starter Zach Hirsch. Reyes tried to go to third, but was gunned down by Michael Ratterree. Wiley advanced to second on the throw. Collin Radack tied the score on an RBI double down the left field line. Two batters later, Blake Drake lined an RBI double to right field and gave Palm Beach a 2-1 lead.


The lone Manatees run came on a second inning solo home run from Garrett Cooper Cooper crushed a 1-1 change up over the left field Berm Deck and put Brevard County ahead, 1-0. It was Cooper's sixth home run of the season and second of the doubleheader. Cooper also extended his hitting streak to 12 games.


Hirsh (1-1, 3.27 ERA) suffered the loss despite six strong innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and did not walk a batter.

Corey Littrell (6-6, 2.91 ERA) allowed just one run over six innings to earn the win. Robby Rowland notched his second save with a perfect seventh frame.


The Manatees and the Cardinals will play game three of the series tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. LHP Wei-Chung Wang (7-2, 4.24 ERA) is scheduled to start for Brevard County. RHP Nick Petree (2-2, 3.67 ERA) will toe the rubber for Palm Beach.


Game 2 Box Score


Manatees only managed 3 hits in the 7 inning game. Strong start by Hirsch with: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 13/2 GO/FO

Garrett Cooper now with 6 home runs on the season to go with 27 doubles. Omar Garcia got his 39th stolen base in game one. His goal at the start of the season was 50.


Game 2 Game Log

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Final: Colorado Springs 2, Omaha 1


Eighth-Inning Rally Sparks Sox Comeback Win

Late Herrera and Rogers RBIs Save Roenicke from Tough-Luck Loss

By Ed Pearsall / Colorado Springs Sky Sox




Elian Herrera's second hit of the night knotted the ballgame at one in the eighth in the Sox eventual 2-1 win. (File photo from prior game by Paat Kelly)


The Sky Sox salvaged the final game of their four-game set with the Omaha Storm Chasers with a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind victory before a Monday night crowd of 3,057 at Werner Park.


Sox starter Josh Roenicke gave his squad just what they needed coming off of three straight losses in Omaha, holding the potent Storm Chasers offense to just one run on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings of work. The lone blemish on the right-hander's evening came in the second when former big league first baseman Casey Kotchman drove home Jose Martinez with a one-out RBI single for the game's first run.


Omaha's 1-0 lead would stand until the eighth as righty Yohan Pino held the Sox offense scoreless through 6.2 innings of work, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out five in an excellent performance.


Michael Kirkman (3-1, 3.18) and Rob Wooten (H, 4) kept Omaha off the board for 2.1 perfect frames in relief of Roenicke to keep Colorado Springs within a run of tying it up late.


Reliever Casey Coleman (2-3, 4.42) got the final out of the seventh before coming back out for the top of the eighth. After being held to just three hits through seven, the Sox offense broke out against the Storm Chasers right-hander to double their hit total in the eighth. Yadiel Rivera led off the frame with a base knock before coming around to score the equalizer on a one-out Elian Herrera RBI single. Logan Schafer followed with a fly out to center, bringing Jason Rogers to the plate in a pivotal, two-out situation. The slugging first baseman doubled on a ball that got by left fielder Brett Eibner, plating Herrera with the go-ahead run. Rogers would be thrown out at third trying to stretch the knock to a triple, ending the inning with Colorado Springs now leading 2-1.


After an uneventful inning of play, Omaha came to the plate in the ninth looking to, at the very least, send the game into extras. Jaye Chapman would close the door however, walking just one batter in a scoreless effort to lock down the exciting 2-1 victory for the Sox. Chapman's eighth save of the season helped the Sox improve to 41-59 in 2015 as Omaha fell to 58-45.


After sweeping them in their last visit, the Sox travel to New Orleans to take on the Zephyrs in the first of a four-game set on Tuesday. Hiram Burgos (2-2, 3.66) will look to make it two-in-a-row for Colorado Springs as he matches up against top Marlins prospect Adam Conley (8-3, 2.58) with first pitch set for 5:00 PM MDT (6:00 Central) at Zephyr Field.


Colorado Springs Box Score


Colorado Springs Game Log

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Final: AZL Brewers 6, AZL Angels 3


Maryvale Box Score


A-Crew played clean defense; Angels committed five errors and allowed two unearned runs.


Outfield assists: Orimoloye, D 2 (Bayardi at home, Torres at home), Clark (Blumenfeld at 2nd base).


AZL Angels Bottom of the 1st


Franklin Torres grounds out, second baseman Jorge Quiterio to first baseman Juan Ortiz.

Jahmai Jones grounds out, third baseman Beau Wallace to first baseman Juan Ortiz.

Brandon Bayardi singles on a ground ball to shortstop Gilbert Lara.

Gabriel Santana singles on a ground ball to right fielder Demi Orimoloye. Brandon Bayardi to 2nd.

Jordan Serena singles on a ground ball to right fielder Demi Orimoloye. Brandon Bayardi out at home on the throw, right fielder Demi Orimoloye to catcher Max McDowell.


AZL Angels Bottom of the 5th


Izaak Silva grounds out, shortstop Gilbert Lara to first baseman Juan Ortiz.

Dalton Blumenfeld singles on a line drive to center fielder Trent Clark. Dalton Blumenfeld out at 2nd, center fielder Trent Clark to second baseman Jorge Quiterio.

Angel Almao called out on strikes.


AZL Angels Bottom of the 7th


Izaak Silva doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Demi Orimoloye.

Dalton Blumenfeld singles on a ground ball to center fielder Trent Clark. Izaak Silva to 3rd.

Dalton Blumenfeld out at 2nd, catcher Max McDowell to second baseman Jorge Quiterio.

Angel Almao walks.

Franklin Torres grounds into a force out, third baseman Beau Wallace to second baseman Jorge Quiterio. Izaak Silva scores. Angel Almao out at 2nd. Franklin Torres to 1st.

Jahmai Jones doubles (4) on a fly ball to right fielder Demi Orimoloye. Franklin Torres out at home on the throw, right fielder Demi Orimoloye to first baseman Juan Ortiz to catcher Max McDowell.


Maryvale Game Log


Two singles and a walk for 20-year-old 1B Juan Ortiz (.822 OPS), lost in the shuffle here among the more highly-touted position players; Beau Wallace, again playing third base, doubled twice.


SS Gilbert Lara has hit a pretty serious wall here, folks, as his last ten games will show at the link.


Youngster RHP Gentry Fortuno is a ground ball machine, seven of them here in three scoreless innings, 3.75 ratio, 1.59 ERA over 17 innings.


RHP David Lucroy is giving the team innings this summer, not always clean, but solid enough, and undrafted RHP Aaron Myers finsihed up nicely with two scoreless.

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