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Friday's Daily Menu: TGIF!


All times are Central


Colorado Springs: RHP Ariel Pena at home vs. Tacoma (Mariners), 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: RHP Tyler Wagner 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.




Brevard County: RHP Johnny Hellweg at Clearwater (Phillies), 5:30 gametime


Free Live Audio Link (Clearwater Feed Only)


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




Wisconsin: RHP Cody Ponce at Peoria (Cardinals), 6:40 PM pre-game, 7:00 gametime; expect RHP David Burkhalter to pitch in a tandem role


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.




Helena: LHP Jake Drossner at home vs. Great Falls (White Sox), 7:45 PM pre-game, 8:05 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).




Arizona Rookie (Maryvale): at the White Sox complex in Glendale, 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


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






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


Jackson, TN


Clearwater, FL


Peoria, IL


Helena, MT


Glendale, AZ


San Pedro de Macoris, DR

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Houser feeling at-home with new organization

Dekota Gregory, Pryor (OK) Daily Times Sports Correspondent


Former Locust Grove pitcher Adrian Houser has found a new home with the Milwaukee Brewers organization since being traded in July.


Since the trade Houser has posted a 2-0 record and 2.86 ERA with the Biloxi Shuckers, Milwaukee’s Double-A affiliate. The right-hander has also struck out 23 batters in 22 innings pitched.


“I mean something just clicked for me after the trade,” Houser said. “I just got more relaxed on the mound and stopped worrying and overthinking things. I just feel really comfortable on the mound right now.”


Houser was sent to the Brewers from the Houston Astros organization with teammates Josh Hader and Brett Phillips. The trio made the 641-mile trip from Corpus Christi, TX to Biloxi, MS together after receiving the news of being traded. Since then the Shuckers have welcomed the newcomers, while the three also formed a special bond of their own.


“It’s great to have Hader and Phillips here with me,” Houser said. “I think that’s what helped me with the transition of the trade. It’s always nice to have some familiar faces around you. And the guys here are really cool and made it easy for us to join with them.”


Houser and Hader both received starts on the mound Thursday in a double-header at Jackson, the Seattle Mariners affiliate. Houser began the day by notching his second straight win in a five-inning performance. The Locust Grove product only gave up a lone run on seven hits, and struck out six batters.


In Houser’s previous outing, against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Aug. 13, he picked up his first win as a Shucker. Houser gave up two runs in six innings while striking out a season-high eight batters.


“I feel really comfortable and right where I need to be with (Biloxi),” Houser said. “It’s pretty nice.”

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Final: DSL Mets2 9, DSL Brewers 5


DSL Brewers Box Score


Despite out-hitting the Mets 15-12, the Brewers fell by a score of 9-5. Wuilder Rodriguez started and took the loss after giving up three runs over five innings of work. Yomelbin Almonte followed Rodriguez and got roughed up for six runs, five earned in just an inning and two-thirds. Ignacio Otaño went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, but also committed his 33rd error of the season. Jay Feliciano also collected three hits while Javier Castillo and Josue Herrera each contributed a pair of hits.


DSL Brewers Game Log

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Final: Biloxi 3, Jackson 0


Wagner stymies Generals in series clinching 3-0 shutout of Generals

Tyler Wagner records his 10th win and 16th quality start on Friday night

Biloxi Shuckers



Tyler Wagner improved to 10-5 with seven shutout innings on Friday night on the mound. (Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)


JACKSON, TN - For the first time in five series, the Biloxi Shuckers won't have to wait for a rubber match to decide a series as the fightin' oysters took down the Jackson Generals, 3-0, on Friday night at the Ballpark at Jackson. Thanks to starter Tyler Wagner and reliever Damien Magnifico, Friday marked the 13th shutout of the season for Biloxi, and moved the team within 2.5 games of first place in the Southern League South division in the second half.


Tyler Wagner (10-5) scattered six hits across his seven shutout innings of work, while walking one and striking out six. The Las Vegas native ran into a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the fifth, but got a lineout to right by Ian Miller and induced one of four double plays turned on Friday from Zach Shank to escape the threat. The 24-year-old now has 16 quality starts on the season and has reached the 10-win plateau for a third consecutive season as a professional, and has tossed 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings. He's recorded back-to-back outings of seven shutout innings.


Biloxi starting pitchers have recorded 50 quality starts, which is more that Jacksonville and Jackson have in total wins. The rotation has seven quality starts over the last 10 games, posting a 1.00 ERA, allowing just six earned runs over their last 54 innings pitched. Overall, the rotation has a 3.11 ERA.


Biloxi (27-26) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Yadiel Rivera (1x3, R, 3B) picked up his first hit since coming back to the Shuckers from Triple-A Colorado Springs, snapping an 0-for-10 on a triple to center. Tyrone Taylor (1x3, RBI) plated the runner on a squeeze bunt to the left side of the infield to give Biloxi a 1-0 lead.


Orlando Arcia (1x4, HR, 2 RBI, R) added insurance for the Shuckers in the ninth with a two-run shot to left-centerfield, bringing home Brett Phillips (1x3, R, BB) for the 3-0 advantage. It was Arcia's first homerun since July 15.


Damien Magnifico picked up his 17th save by working the final two innings and allowing just one hit. Magnifico is 17 of 19 in save opportunities.


Biloxi will look to take its fourth game of the series on Saturday night in game five of the set and the final meeting between the clubs in 2015. LHP Hobbs Johnson (7-6, 3.45) will take the mound for the Shuckers, while Jackson (17-36) will send out RHP Edwin Diaz (3-10, 4.59). 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


Biloxi Game Log

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Rattlers win second straight with 2-1 victory at Peoria

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers



Elvis Rubio went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a big defensive play for the Timber Rattlers Friday at Peoria. (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Ann Mollica)


PEORIA, IL - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers edged the Peoria Chiefs 2-1 Friday night at Dozer Park. Cody Ponce, Gian Rizzo, and David Burkhalter combined to hold the Chiefs to one run while Luis Aviles and Elvis Rubio provided all the offense the Rattlers would need.


Aviles gave Wisconsin (42-80 overall, 19-33 second half) the lead in the top of the third inning with a leadoff home run. The homer was the first by a Timber Rattlers player on the road since July 22 when Aviles homered at Cedar Rapids. That homerless stretch spanned twelve road games.


Peoria (67-54, 34-19) tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Oscar Mercado doubled to start the inning for the first hit off Ponce. Paul DeJong followed with a single and Mercado scored to tie the game.


Wisconsin went back in front in the top of the fifth. Sthervin Matos reached on an error and Blake Allemand drew a walk. Rubio came through with a sharp single to center and Matos raced home with the run to put the Rattlers up 2-1.


Ponce, the Timber Rattlers starting pitcher, went 5-1/3 innings and held the Chiefs to one run on four hits while striking out four. Rizzo took over with one out and in the bottom of the sixth and quickly got the final two outs of the frame to maintain the lead.


Burkhalter relieved Rizzo to start the bottom of the seventh. Burkhalter pitched around a two-out double in the seventh and a one-out single in the eighth to hold Wisconsin's slim margin. Rubio aided the cause with an excellent running catch in right-center for the final out of the eighth inning. The right-hander nailed down his team-leading sixth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.


The Timber Rattlers are 7-6 in thirteen games against the Chiefs this season, including 2-2 at Dozer Park.


Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at Dozer Park. Jon Perrin (1-4, 3.89) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Austin Gomber (13-3, 2.93) is set to start for the Chiefs. Game time is 6:30pm.


The radio broadcast of Saturday's game is on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:10pm. The broadcast is also available on Tune In Radio and IHeartRadio.




Luis Aviles (2nd, 0 on in 3rd inning off Dewin Perez, 0 out)


WP: Cody Ponce (2-1)

LP: Dewin Perez (2-5)

SAVE: David Burkhalter (6)


TIME: 2:21

ATTN: 4,584


Wisconsin Boxscore


Wisconsin Recap

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Early Runs Propel Manatees Over Threshers

Brevard County Defeats Clearwater, 6-5

By Dave Walkovic / Brevard County Manatees

08/21/2015 11:53 PM ET




Jose Pena, seen here from a game earlier this year, went 4-for-4 in Friday night's victory. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)


Clearwater, FL - The Brevard County Manatees' (23-30, 52-70) offense scored early and often in a 6-5 victory over the Clearwater Threshers (34-21, 71-54) on Friday night at Bright House Field.


The Brevard County offense struck early. With two outs in the first inning, Clint Coulter and Garrett Cooper walked consecutively. Dustin Houle then singled to right field and plated Coulter. The next batter, Jose Pena, lined a base hit to left and scored Cooper.


The Manatees made it 3-0 in the second frame. Steven Halcomb lined a single to right field to lead things off. Halcomb then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After an Angel Ortega walk, Omar Garcia grounded in to a double play, but scored Halcomb in the process.


After Clearwater plated a run, the Brevard County offense responded immediately. With one out in the third, Cooper clubbed his 32nd double of the season. After Houle was hit by a pitch, Pena drilled an RBI double to center field. Pena finished 4-for-4 with 2 RBI. With Michael Ratterree batting, opposing starter David Whitehead uncorked a wild pitch and plated Houle. Ratterree then drove in Pena with a sacrifice fly to left field.


The Threshers made it 6-5 with a run in the third and three runs in the fourth, but never truly threatened again.


Johnny Hellweg (2-5, 6.00 ERA) earned the win. In four innings, he surrendered five runs - two earned - on four hits, three walks and two hit by pitches. Hellweg fanned three.


Tristan Archer tossed four scoreless innings of relief. He allowed three hits and did not allow any free passes.


Preston Gainey tossed a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to notch his eighth save of the season.


The Manatees and Threshers will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Javi Salas (7-8, 4.35 ERA) will toe the rubber for Brevard County. Clearwater will send RHP Victor Arano (4-11, 4.95 ERA) to the bump.


Brevard County Box Score


Tristan Archer: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 6/2 GO/FO

Preston Gainey: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K


Fabulous night for the bullpen. Jose Pena 4 for 4 with a double, Dustin Houle 2 for 4, Garrett Cooper had a double and a walk.


Brevard County Game Log

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Final: Colorado Springs 5, Tacoma 2


Four-Run Seventh Sparks Sox 5-2 Comeback Win

Colorado Springs Pitching Sets Franchise Record with 17 Combined Strikeouts

By Ed Pearsall / Colorado Springs Sky Sox




Ariel Pena allowed just four hits while striking out 10 Rainiers batters over 5.1 scoreless innings in the Sox record-setting 17-strikeout night. (Paat Kelly photo)


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - On a night where Colorado Springs welcomed their 7 millionth fan through the gates, the Sky Sox set a home field strikeout record while rallying to a late 5-2 win over the Tacoma Rainiers before a crowd of 5,788 on Friday at Security Service Field.


Ariel Pena and Tyler Olson treated fans to quite the pitcher's duel as each held their opponent scoreless through five innings of work.


Pena would depart after dazzling over 5.1 frames. The right-hander allowed just four base hits while striking out a whopping 10 Rainiers hitters and walking none in his best Sky Sox performance to date.


Brandon Kintzler (1-1, 7.50) came on with one out and the bases empty in the sixth with Pena reaching his pitch count limit, retiring the frame's final two batters to maintain the scoreless tie.


Tacoma broke through for the game's first runs in the top of the seventh against Kintzler in his second inning of work. With two on and two-out in the frame, Patrick Brady singled on a soft groundball back to Kintzler who was unable to make the play in time at first when Matt Clark missed the catch. John Hicks and Leury Bonilla scored on the play to give the Rainiers a late 2-0 lead.


Colorado Springs' offense would finally break through in the home seventh against Olson and Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom (2-3, 4.54). The Sox plated four runs on three hits, a walk and a sac fly. Juan Centeno's one-out RBI double scored the Sox first run before Matt Dominguez's two-run triple against Bawcom gave Colorado Springs their first lead of the night. Matt Long added an RBI sac fly to extend the Sox advantage to 4-2 by inning's end. Olson would be charged with two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings of work.


Jaye Chapman took over in the eighth to help the Sky Sox maintain their newly-acquired two-run lead. Chapman would strike out the side to do just that, giving Colorado Springs pitching a combined 15 strikeouts through eight innings of play. This was the first time a Sox staff has recorded 15 punchouts in a game since a 13-inning contest at home against the Iowa Cubs on April 26, 2014. The home record for strikeouts in a game was set at 16 on May 12, 1998; coincidentally against Iowa. Chapman would have his chance to help break that record in the ninth.


The Sox added the final run of the night on back-to-back doubles by Nevin Ashley and Clark in the eighth. Clark's 68th RBI of the season came off of lefty and former Brewers farmhand Lucas Luetge and extended Colorado Springs' lead to 5-2.


Chapman would slam the door in the ninth, striking out two in the frame to secure the 5-2 comeback win and set a new Sky Sox record for strikeouts in a home game. The record-setting 17th strikeout came courtesy of Rainiers infielder Ji-Man Choi to end the contest. The Sox improve to 53-73 with the exhilarating win as they drop Tacoma to 59-68 on the season.


The Sky Sox hope to make it two straight as they look to secure a series-clinching win in the final game of this four-game set with Tacoma. Colorado Springs sends Zach Davies to the mound (1-0, 4.50) against Rainiers righty Forest Snow (8-8, 3.91) with first pitch set for 6:05 PM MDT (7:05 Central) at Security Service Field.


Colorado Springs Box Score


Pena, Kintzler, and Chapman walked none while fanning 17!


Tacoma broadcaster Mike Curto pointed out --


"Sky Sox reliever Jaye Chapman just struck out the side on nine pitches. Got Taylor, Romero, Blash. "Immaculate Inning."


Brewers fan Brad Ford tweeted --


Since being moved to the starting rotation for the Sky Sox, Ariel Pena has a 1.96 ERA in 18.1 IP, 20 K, 5 BB.


Too little, too late for the minor league free agent to be? Pena already extended his Brewers association once by signing a minor league pact for this season.


Colorado Springs Game Log

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My goodness, catcher Nevin Ashley, batting 3rd, had his 3rd consecutive three-hit game, now sports an amazing (and only partly PCL-fueled, although his home OPS is .967, road .767) stat line of .322/.389/.464 with an August OPS of 1.038. Yes, he just turned 31, but my goodness, and the Brewers need a big leaguer who looks like no-hit master Mike Fiers since the trade.
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Final: Helena 8, Great Falls 1


Brewers win series opener 8-1 over GF

Helena Brewers




The Helena Brewers (5-16) took their series opener 8-1 over the Great Falls Voyagers (12-9) on Friday at Kindrick Field in Helena.


Helena put four runs on the board in the bottom of the first and never looked back, leading the whole way. Malik Collymore led off with a single in the first as part of a five-hit inning. Steven Karkenny and David Denson added in doubles to back up the RBI triple of Troy Stokes in the inning.


Evin Einhardt (5-2) was roughed up for the second time in as many starts against the Brewers. He went three-plus innings of work, giving up five runs on 10 hits. It was a new high for Einhardt in hits allowed. He would strike out four batters.


Jake Drossner (3-2, pictured above) made an outstanding start, throwing shutout baseball through five innings. He allowed two hits in the first inning and did not allow another hit the rest of his time on the hill.


The Voyagers broke through for their first and only run in the top of the seventh. Sikes Orvis hit a solo homer, his fourth homerun of the season, off Marcos Diplan.


Helena added two runs in both the fourth and seventh to run away with it.


Collymore, Karkenny, and Carlos Belonis led the Helena offense with three hits apiece.


The two teams will face off in the second game of their four-game series Saturday at Kindrick Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM (8:05 Central).


Helena Box Score


Awesome box score from every Helena perspective, except for three defensive lapses...


Helena Game Log

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