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Tuesday's Daily Menu:

 

All times are Central

 

Colorado Springs: RHP Josh Roenicke at home vs. Reno (Diamondbacks), 7:05 PM pre-game, 7:35 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.

 

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Biloxi: RHP Jorge Lopez at Jackson (Mariners), 6:50 PM pre-game, 7:05 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! All the Biloxi games for the rest of the season are available via MiLB.TV.

 

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Brevard County: RHP Brandon Woodruff at home vs. Daytona (Reds), 5:05 PM pre-game, 5:35 gametime

 

Free Live Audio Link

 

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.

 

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Wisconsin: RHP Angel Ventura at Quad Cities (Astros), 6:40 PM pre-game, 7:00 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.

 

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Helena: RHP Nate Griep at Ogden (Dodgers), 7:40 PM pre-game, 8:00 gametime

 

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).

 

NOTE: This series in Idaho Falls is available for subscribers (live and archived) via MiLB.TV (Chukars' audio feed accompanies the video).

 

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Arizona Rookie (Maryvale): Idle

 

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DSL Brewers: at 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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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

 

Brevard County Media Notes - It's a unique link each day, but look for it under the "Multimedia" banner on the Manatees' site.

 

Wisconsin Media Notes - Linked on the Rattler Radio blog

 

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STANDINGS:

 

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

 

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Sortable individual stat pages:

 

Colorado Springs

 

Biloxi

 

Brevard County

 

Wisconsin

 

Helena

 

Maryvale

 

DSL Brewers

 

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Weather.com:

 

Colorado Springs, CO

 

Jackson, TN

 

Viera, FL

 

Davenport, IA

 

Ogden, UT

 

San Pedro de Macoris, DR

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From Monday's Link Report:

 

Final: AZL Athletics 6, AZL Brewers 3

 

A-Crew led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the 5th, when a four-spot for the A's kids ruined the fun...

 

Maryvale Box Score

 

Well, you don't like seeing this:

 

AZL Athletics Bottom of the 1st

 

Rodolfo Penalo grounds out to first baseman Juan Ortiz.

Jean Carlo Rodriguez pops out to shortstop Gilbert Lara.

AZL Brewers pitcher Michael Petersen left the game due to an injured arm.

Pitching Change: Brent Leach replaces Michael Petersen.

Eric Marinez strikes out swinging.

 

And again with the early pullout?

 

AZL Brewers Top of the 4th

 

Beau Wallace singles on a line drive to left fielder Jean Carlo Rodriguez.

With Gilbert Lara batting, Beau Wallace caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Miguel Guzman to second baseman Carlos Hiciano.

Gilbert Lara strikes out swinging.

Nicolas Pierre grounds out, pitcher Xavier Altamirano to first baseman Robert Mullen.

 

AZL Athletics Bottom of the 4th

 

Defensive Substitution: Julio Mendez replaces shortstop Gilbert Lara, batting 7th, playing second base.

 

Actually, ESPN's Keith Law was there and tweeted a confirmation of our guess on Lara's exit.

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A hometown paper update --

 

RHP Tristan Archer (Sullivan South) has allowed just one run over the course of his last four outings for the Brevard County Manatees, the High-Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

Archer cites some recent work with pitching coach David Chavarria on his mechanics as a reason for the success.

 

“I had a bullpen session a few weeks ago and [Chavarria] helped me get back to my normal arm slot, and when I found that, I feel that my command got better and my slider was better,” Archer said. “With the command I feel that I have been able to get ahead of hitters a lot more than I had been previously, and with the slider I have been able to put guys away or create weak contact early.”

 

For the season, Archer is 2-4 with one save and a 4.05 ERA in 25 appearances.

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AUDIO: The radio broadcast voice of the Helena Brewers, Dustin Daniel, conducts the first interview with David Denson since Denson came out publicly on Saturday night

 

NOTE: Dustin passes along the word that Denson's statement still stands that he is not conducting any further interviews for the foreseeable future.

 

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Also linked in the Denson thread, comment there if you wish.

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Final: DSL Brewers 6, DSL Pirates 9

 

DSL Brewers Box Score

 

The Brewers scored six runs on six hits but it wasn't enough as they fell to the Pirates 9-6. Junior Flores, who had struggled in his last few starts, went five innings, allowing just one run on two hits. 22-year-old former Cardinal Isaac Silva followed Flores on the mound and took the loss after allowing three runs while retiring only one batter. Jesus Brea worked two innings, allowing five runs. Right fielder Jay Feliciano went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Third baseman Henry Correa added two hits in four at bats and left fielder Bryan Torres singled and drew a pair of walks.

 

DSL Brewers Game Log

 

The Brewers scored four runs in the top of the eighth to pull within a run.

 

DSL Brewers Top of the 8th

Pitching Change: Luis Brun replaces Edgardo Leon.

Bryan Torres walks.

Franly Mallen strikes out swinging.

Nicol Valderrey pops out to second baseman Williams Calderon.

Jay Feliciano doubles (3) on a line drive to right fielder Jeremias Portorreal. Bryan Torres scores.

Anderson Jesus walks.

Bismar Nunez walks. Jay Feliciano to 3rd. Anderson Jesus to 2nd.

Pitching Change: Ramon Garcia replaces Luis Brun.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Josue Herrera replaces Sandy Martinez.

Josue Herrera reaches on a force attempt, throwing error by second baseman Williams Calderon. Jay Feliciano scores. Anderson Jesus scores. Bismar Nunez to 2nd.

Henry Correa singles on a fly ball to right fielder Jeremias Portorreal. Bismar Nunez scores. Josue Herrera to 2nd.

Javier Castillo pops out to first baseman Huascar Fuentes.

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Rattlers and River Bandits rained out in Davenport

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

The series is now scheduled to start Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park. Game one will start at 6:00pm. There be approximately thirty minutes between the end of game one and the start of game two. Both games of the twinbill are scheduled for seven innings.

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Final: Biloxi 3, Jackson 1

 

Lopez flirts with no-hitter in Shuckers 3-1 victory at Jackson

Jorge Lopez becomes Southern League's first 12-game winner

Biloxi Shuckers

 

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Jorge Lopez has six-straight quality starts and 14 on the season (Benton Reed Photography)

 

JACKSON, TN - Jorge Lopez held the Jackson Generals hitless though 6.1 innings on Tuesday night, but Jackson's Aderlin Rodriguez ended the no-hit bid with a bloop single to right ending the bid. Lopez settled for his league-leading 12th win of the season in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night at the Ballpark at Jackson. The win gets the Biloxi Shuckers back to .500 in the second half.

 

Lopez now holds the longest no-hit start for the Shuckers this season, surpassing Tyler Wagner's 5.1 innings on May 2 against the Mobile BayBears. The 22-year-old pitcher continues to make it look easy on the mound, shutting out opposing teams over his last two starts, spanning over 17.1 innings dating back to Aug. 7 against the Mississippi Braves. Tuesday's outing was his 14th quality start and sixth-straight. He's one behind Wagner, who has 15. The starting rotation has six quality starts in the last seven games.

 

Biloxi (25-25) broke through on the scoreboard in the eighth after squandering opportunities throughout the game.

 

After stranding runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and seventh innings, the Shuckers got the big hit from Brett Phillips (1x4, RBI, R) in the eighth with Tyrone Taylor (1x4, R, 2B) at second on a grounder up the middle to bring in the first run of the game. Orlando Arcia (2x4, RBI, 2B) followed with a single right, plating Adam Weisenburger (0x2, R, BB) for a 2-0 lead, with Phillips advancing to third on the play. Nathan Orf (1x4, RBI) bounced a comebacker to the mound, but a high throw to second allowed Arcia to slide in safely with Arcia scoring on the play to give the Shuckers a 3-0 advantage.

 

Arcia's two hits gave him his 41st multi-hit game of the season, and 28th two-hit game of 2015.

 

Jackson (16-34) starter Misael Siverio was equally as impressive for the Generals, striking out seven in six innings, while allowing only three hits and walking one. Trey Cochran-Gill (4-2) suffered the loss, surrendering all three runs in the eighth.

 

The Shuckers will look to jump out to a two-game lead on Wednesday night. LHP Adrian Houser (1-0, 3.18) takes the mound for Biloxi, while Jackson will send out RHP Dylan Unsworth (2-5, 5.24). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with coverage beginning at 6:50 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

 

Biloxi Game Log

 

Jorge Lopez struck out the side in the bottom of the third for three of his nine punchouts.

 

Jackson Bottom of the 3rd

Tyler Marlette called out on strikes.

Jabari Henry called out on strikes.

Ian Miller strikes out swinging, catcher Adam Weisenburger to first baseman Nick Ramirez.

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Woodruff Fans Career-High 10 in 5-1 Win

Manatees Smack 10 Hits in Victory

By Dave Walkovic / Brevard County Manatees

08/18/2015 11:26 PM ET

 

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Brandon Woodruff, seen here, struck out a career-high ten batters in Tuesday's victory. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)

 

Viera, FL - Brandon Woodruff dominated into the seventh inning as the Brevard County Manatees (22-27, 51-67 overall) defeated the Daytona Tortugas (30-19, 67-52 overall) 5-1 on Tuesday night at Space Coast Stadium.

 

Woodruff (3-5, 3.75 ERA) struck out a career-high 10 and surrendered just one unearned run over 6.2 innings to earn the win. He allowed five hits and two walks.

 

The Manatees scored early and often in support of Woodruff. The leadoff batter, Omar Garcia, was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first. Chris McFarland then singled to right field and moved Garcia over to third. Clint Coulter drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center. After back-to-back walks to Garrett Cooper and Taylor Brennan, Dustin Houle lifted a sac fly to center field.

 

In the bottom of the second, Jose Pena reached on a fielding error by Taylor Sparks with no outs. After a Steven Halcomb single, Garcia successfully sacrificed the runners to second and third. McFarland drilled a two-run single to left that scored both Pena and Halcomb. After a walk to Coulter, Daytona removed starting pitcher Nick Routt. Cooper greeted reliever Scott Brattvet with an RBI single to left-center and made it 5-0, Manatees.

 

Jeff Gelalich got the Tortugas on the board with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning.

 

Trevor Seidenberger threw 1.2 hitless relief innings and gave way to Preston Gainey with two on and one out in the ninth. Gainey induced a game-ending double play off of the bat of Junior Arias to record his seventh save of the season.

 

Routt (5-3, 3.56 ERA) was hit with the loss. He gave up five runs - four earned - on three hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.

 

Brevard County and Daytona will wrap up the series with a doubleheader tomorrow night in Daytona Beach. LHP Wei Chung Wang (9-4, 3.72 ERA) and LHP Amir Garrett (8-6, 2.52 ERA) will toe the rubber for game one. LHP Zach Hirsch (1-2, 5.09 ERA) will get the ball for the Manatees in game two. The Tortugas will send LHP Seth Varner (1-4, 4.32 ERA) to the hill in the second game. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

 

Brevard County Box Score

 

Since his mini shut down, Brandon Woodruff has been electric. Final line tonight:

 

6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 5/2 GO/FO

 

Trevor Seidenberger was virtually unhittable early in the year but has struggled with control issues since he was promoted to Biloxi. Here he walked 3 in 1.2 innings although not giving up any runs. Preston Gainey finished out.

 

Garrett Cooper led the offense with 3 singles and a walk raising his batting average to .299. Clint Coulter was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and a sacrifice fly. Chris McFarland added two hits and Omar Garcia stole his 48th base.

 

Brevard County Game Log

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I know I kind of beat this into the ground last year, but Coulter is just so incredibly slow to make adjustments.

 

Here's his season by the splits.

 

[pre]Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB

Total 118 500 442 56 107 28 3 12 53 6 4 38 81 .242 .322 .400 .722 177 9 16 0 4 0

Last 7 days 5 19 19 3 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 .158 .158 .421 .579 8 1 0 0 0 0

Last 28 days 23 92 84 8 15 5 1 1 9 0 0 4 15 .179 .239 .298 .537 25 4 3 0 1 0

Last 90 days 79 325 291 32 66 22 1 3 24 2 1 24 53 .227 .302 .340 .642 99 7 8 0 2 0

 

Home 59 249 222 34 51 13 2 6 19 0 1 16 38 .230 .301 .387 .689 86 4 8 0 3 0

Away 59 251 220 22 56 15 1 6 34 6 3 22 43 .255 .343 .414 .756 91 5 8 0 1 0

 

vs RHP as RHB 111 363 319 81 20 3 10 43 26 59 .254 .333 .429 .763 137 6 14 0 4 0

vs LHP as RHB 59 137 123 26 8 0 2 10 12 22 .211 .292 .325 .617 40 3 2 0 0 0

 

April 20 91 77 13 25 3 2 6 15 3 2 10 12 .325 .429 .649 1.078 50 2 4 0 0 0

May 29 128 112 16 22 6 0 3 15 1 1 10 25 .196 .281 .330 .612 37 0 4 0 2 0

June 26 107 90 11 24 8 0 1 9 2 1 12 16 .267 .383 .389 .772 35 0 5 0 0 0

July 27 107 101 10 23 6 1 1 6 0 0 3 18 .228 .252 .337 .589 34 5 1 0 2 0

August 16 67 62 6 13 5 0 1 8 0 0 3 10 .210 .269 .339 .607 21 2 2 0 0 0

 

2 outs RISP 56 75 66 15 1 1 2 14 9 11 .227 .320 .364 .684 24 0 0 0 0 0

 

vs. Younger Pitchers 35 89 79 17 7 0 3 6 8 17 .215 .303 .418 .721 33 1 2 0 0 0

vs. Older Pitchers 113 411 363 90 21 3 9 47 30 64 .248 .326 .397 .723 144 8 14 0 4 0[/pre]

 

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 8/19/2015.

 

People made excuses for him when he was catching but that wasn't an issue last year when he didn't even catch half the games in the season.

 

His power numbers have declined nearly every month, 11 XBH in April, 9 in May, 9 in June, 8 in July, and so far in August he has 6. That's nearly the same exact pattern as last year, only his valley was much deeper in 2015 than it was in 2014. His slash lines splits are terrible except for the overall season, and while I'll take a .722 OPS from a young middle infielder, I won't take that from a RF. He's still a mistake hitter and as soon as teams learn to just stay away from him, well he struggles, and the pitching is only going to continue to get better...

 

He'll be dropping significantly for me the next time we do a list, if he doesn't start to make significant adjustments to his swing and approach(it appeared he had the way he started the season) then he'll stall out and never get out of AA, maybe he won't reach AA period.

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It is worrisome that Clint Coulter seems to go long periods with lesser hitting. Let's not get crazy though - it is still the FSL. Let's looks at Victor Roache splits:

 

April .312/.398/.558

May .254/.309/.447

June .188/.245/.297 (A+ only)

July .307/.386/.602 (Biloxi)

 

So his hitting exactly parallels Coulter's except for the jail break to Biloxi. I think part of it is that weather conditions in April were conducive to hitting before the hot, humid conditions set in.

 

In comparison to the league, Clint is 2nd in HRs (1 behind the leader), 4th in doubles, 2nd in total bases, 11th in walks and 4th in slugging. He is still having a decent year relative to the league.

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So how many fans realize the Brewers have the player with the Florida State League's second-best OPS?

 

24-year-old 1B Garrett Cooper only trails 22-year-old Reds' stud 2014 1st round Stanford SS Alex Blandino, who was promoted to AA two weeks ago.

 

As WVBrew has pointed out often here, just a fantastic season for Cooper, who would be looking at an Organizational Player of the Year Award if not for somebody named Arcia in Biloxi.

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Shuckers' Lopez goes seven one-hit frames

Brewers No. 9 prospect takes no-no into final inning, strikes out nine

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com

 

Even at this point in the season, Jorge Lopez is still finding ways to surprise his manager.

 

"Every time he goes out, it's 'There's Jorge, doing something,'" Carlos Subero said. "I think every outing Jorge seems to take a step forward."

 

Lopez held Jackson hitless for 6 1/3 innings and wound up allowing one hit over seven while piling up nine strikeouts in Double-A Biloxi's 3-1 win at Jackson on Tuesday.

 

"I just attacked the guys with my pitches, and the players we have played tremendously," the Brewers' No. 9 prospect said. "All three of my pitches were in the zone. My curveball was really good tonight. I could throw it for strikes and get strikeouts or ground balls. And my fastball command was there, so everything was coming off that."

 

The 2011 second-round pick had fanned nine twice before -- on July 2 this year and on Aug. 10, 2012 in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. He's 12-5 to lead the Southern League in wins while ranking second with a 2.32 ERA and 128 strikeouts.

 

"It's great to see him turn from a kid to a man in terms of pitching," Subero said. "Talent-wise, it's always been there. When he got here in April, my thought was that it would take him a year or a year and a half, following the pattern of talented kids I've had before.

 

"Tonight, he walks a guy on four pitches. The next batter, he goes 3-2 and he throws a curveball and strikes him out. He wouldn't have been able to do that in April, but he's learned to trust in his stuff. Today, he didn't have his best command, but he still managed to take it -- no hits, no runs -- into the seventh."

 

It's the second time this season Lopez has taken a no-hitter past the fifth, having worked a gem on May 10.

 

"It was Mississippi, it was pretty much the same [as tonight]," Lopez said. "I had my command with my fastball and I threw off-speed pitches. I could see those guys wanted to hack at the fastball, so I was making sure to throw the off-speed pitches for strikes and get guys swinging."

 

With Tuesday's outing, he extended his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings, dating back to his Aug. 7 loss to the M-Braves.

 

Lopez, who threw 53 of 93 pitches for strikes, began his night by walking leadoff man Ian Miller, who moved up on Tyler Bortnick's sacrifice. The 22-year-old right-hander took a moment to reflect on his approach.

 

"Every pitch I throw, I want to throw with really good conviction," he said. "That's the thing I've been grinding about. I wanted to try to make those guys swing."

 

A strikeout and a groundout later, Lopez was out of trouble. The Caguas Military Academy product also walked the leadoff man in the fourth, fifth and sixth but shrugged it off each time. In the middle innings, he realized he was having a special night.

 

"I just kept pitching like I wanted to throw a no-hitter," he said. "We have our really good defense, so I wanted to throw my pitches and if they make contact, let whatever happen."

 

 

The Biloxi defense turned a nifty double play on a ball off Miller's bat to erase Jabari Henry's walk in the sixth.

 

 

"They saved me with that really good double play," Lopez said.

 

Lopez fielded a Tyler Smith comebacker to start the seventh, but Aderlin Rodriguez dropped a 1-1 pitch into shallow right field. He was thrown out trying for a double, but the no-hitter was over.

 

 

"I was happy about my start," Lopez said. "I threw my fastball down and away [to Rodriguez] and he broke his bat, too, so I was like, 'Well, that happened, let's get going to throw with the same conviction and tempo.'"

 

He worked a perfect seventh and was done when Biloxi sent eight men to the plate in the top of the eighth.

 

Orlando Arcia, Milwaukee's top prospect and MLB.com's No. 13 overall, was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base for the Shuckers.

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Final: Reno 17, Colorado Springs 11

 

Big Second Carries Aces In 17-11 Win

Reno Outlasts Colorado Springs in Slugfest

By Ed Pearsall / Colorado Springs Sky Sox

 

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Domingo Santana's second Sky Sox home run gave the home team an early 2-0 lead in an eventual 17-11 loss to Reno on Wednesday. (Paat Kelly photo)

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Sky Sox scored early and often but would not be able to match Reno's offensive firepower in Tuesday night's 17-11 loss to the Aces before a crowd of 4,847 at Security Service Field.

 

Colorado Springs would score the contest's first runs thanks to a two-run blast off the bat of Domingo Santana. The one-out round-tripper was Santana's 18th of the season and second since joining the Sky Sox following the July 31st MLB non-waiver trade deadline. The Sox early 2-0 lead did not last long as the Aces offense turned it on in the following frame.

 

Josh Roenicke (6-10, 6.20) worked a scoreless first before being tagged for eight runs in the second. The right-hander recorded just two outs in the frame before the Sox turned to right-hander Austin Ross to get the final out. Roenicke gave up seven total hits and walked three without recording a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. The big blows would come on Brandon Drury's lead off home run, a bases-clearing double by first baseman Nick Evans and a Peter O'Brien three-run blast. Evans and O'Brien combined for six RBI's in the frame to help Reno take an 8-2 lead after an inning and a half of play.

 

The Sox responded to Reno's monster inning with another pair of runs in the home second to cut the early deficit to 8-4 after just two innings of play. The Sky Sox benefitted from a fielding error by third baseman Jamie Romak in the frame, putting runners on first and second with no out against Aces starter Caleb Clay before Ross moved the runners up 90 feet with a sac bunt. Kyle Wren followed Ross with an RBI groundout before Luis Sardinas cashed in with a two-out RBI single.

 

Danny Dorn and O'Brien each drove in a run against Ross in the top of the third to extend Reno's lead to 10-4 before the Sox offense answered with yet another pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Nevin Ashley singled home Michael Reed and advanced to third on O'Brien's second fielding error of the inning before Pete Orr capitalized with an RBI sac fly. The Sox third straight two-run frame cut the home team's deficit to 10-6 after three explosive innings.

 

Unfortunately for Ross and the Sox, Reno's lineup would not show signs of slowing down in the fourth, plating two more runs on three hits (two extra-base knocks) against the right-hander. Jordan Pacheco's one-out triple set up Mike Freeman and Dorn to extend the Aces lead. Freeman came through with a two-out RBI single before Dorn capped the frame with a run-scoring double. The now 12-6 lead would last for just one more out as Colorado Springs had a few more runs in them yet.

 

The Sox put a three spot up in the fourth, chasing Clay before the Reno righty could record an out in the frame. Wren's leadoff double set Sardinas up for his RBI single in the following at-bat before Santana drew a walk against newly-implanted Aces reliever R.J. Hively. Matt Clark added an RBI sac fly to plate Sardinas before Ashley capped the frame with a two-out RBI single. The three-run fourth pulled Colorado Springs within three, now trailing 12-9 halfway through.

 

The sides held one another scoreless over the fifth and sixth innings as Reno right-hander Seth Simmons (3-2, 3.45) and Sky Sox southpaw Mike Strong each made impressive scoreless appearances in a night that clearly favored the hitter.

 

Brandon Kintzler would be tagged for three runs in the seventh on four singles with RBI's coming from Pacheco and Dorn. Dorn added a two-out, two-run shot against Jaye Chapman in the Aces ninth to cap Reno's offensive outburst at 17 runs on the night. Dorn would end up going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBI's in the contest to lead the way for Reno.

 

Kevin Munson tossed two scoreless innings of relief before turning the ball over to right-hander Kevin Vance in the ninth with the Aces leading 17-9. Colorado Springs would collect three hits and a walk in the frame against the Reno reliever, scoring twice on an Ashley RBI double and Orr RBI single before an out was recorded. Vance settled down however, getting Matt Dominguez to lineout before inducing a game-ending double play off the bat of Robinzon Diaz to secure Reno's big 17-11 win. The Aces improve to 60-63 after taking three of four from the Sky Sox who fall to 51-72 on the season.

 

The Sky Sox will look to erase this current three-game skid with a win in their series-opener with the Tacoma Rainiers on Wednesday evening. Left-hander Brent Suter (1-0, 2.38) will make his home field debut to begin the four-game set against right-hander Adrian Sampson (1-2, 4.95) with first pitch set for 6:35 PM MDT (7:35 Central) from Security Service Field.

 

Colorado Springs Box Score

 

Did you get all that? Ed does a great job with the pinball game summaries!

 

LF Domingo Santana walked three times after his first-inning home run.

 

I'm now at the point where I'll really be ticked if they don't reward catcher Nevin Ashley with a big league September. The new GM could always attempt to clear him off the 40-man after the season.

 

Colorado Springs Game Log

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Final: Helena 13, Ogden 7

 

Brewers end losing streak

Helena Brewers

 

The Helena Brewers (4-14) snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 13-7 victory over the Ogden Raptors on Tuesday at Lindquist Field in Utah.

 

Ivan Vieitez (1-3) would not make it out of the first inning for the Raptors, giving up three runs on four hits before being pulled with two outs. It was a far different outing from the first time Helena would face him, as Vieitez threw five shutout innings at Kindrick Field just a week ago.

 

The Brewers collected 17 hits in the game, 13 of which were for extra bases. Both were new season-highs for the team.

 

Malik Collymore and Jake Gatewood each came up a home run shy of the cycle. Collymore would triple in the first on his way to a 3-for-4 night and Gatewood would go 3-for-6. Neither had a triple this season before Tuesday.

 

The Brewers collected 12 of their 13 runs in multiple-run innings, peaking with four runs in the top of the seventh.

 

The Raptors put five pitchers on the hill. All of them would give up runs.

 

Carlos Belonis cranked a three-run homer in the ninth to extend the Brewers lead back to six runs. It was his fifth of the year.

 

Helena and Ogden will face off in the third game of their four-game series Wednesday at Lindquist Field. First pitch is set for 7:00 PM (8:00 Central).

 

Helena Box Score

 

You'd be hard-pressed to identify another Link Report box score since we started in 2001 in which a Brewers affiliate had 13 extra-base hits, wow! What a gorgeous offensive box score.

 

Must have been a rewarding two-inning effort for RHP and local boy Bubba Blau to close things out.

 

Helena Game Log

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I understand the concern for Coulter, but I am not down on him yet. Here is where he stacks up in the league. (Has played 119)

 

2B - 4th (28)

HR - T-2nd (12)

RBI - 10th (54)

Total Bases - 2nd (179)

BB - 11th (40)

Ks - 27th (81)

OPS - 12th (.730)

 

Here are the same categories from the Midwest League the year before and where he ranked. (Played 126 Games)

 

2B - 14th (28)

HR - T-1st (22)

RBI - 2nd (89)

Total Bases - 5th (223)

BB - 3rd (73)

Ks - T-33rd (103)

OPS - 1st (.930)

 

To me, it doesn't look like he has had a crazy drop off in terms of how he ranks with the rest of the league he plays in.

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