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Saturday's Daily Menu:

 

All times are Central

 

Colorado Springs: RHP Zach Davies at home vs. Tacoma (Mariners), 6:35 PM pre-game, 7:05 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.

 

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Biloxi: LHP Hobbs Johnson at Jackson (Mariners), 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! All the Biloxi games for the rest of the season are available via MiLB.TV.

 

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Brevard County: RHP Javier Salas at Clearwater (Phillies), 5:30 gametime

 

Free Live Audio Link (Clearwater Feed Only)

 

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

 

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Wisconsin: RHP Jon Perrin at Peoria (Cardinals), 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.

 

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Helena: RHP Joshua Torres 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).

 

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

 

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

 

NOTE: Season Finale

 

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

 

Clearwater, FL

 

Peoria, IL

 

Helena, MT

 

Surprise, AZ

 

San Pedro de Macoris, DR

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The next time the Brewers need a 5th starter is Saturday 9/5 in Cincinnati.

 

With RHP Zach Davies on the mound tonight, his next regular turns with the Sky Sox would be Thursday 8/27 and Tuesday 9/1, so he'd be pitching on three days rest on the 5th. That's not going to happen.

 

So while he's still the prime candidate for the 5th spot, the Brewers could get creative, start Davies at home in Miller Park at any point during the Miller Park Pirates' series 9/1 thru 9/3, and shuffle others as needed.

 

We'll see...Davies may have as few as two Colorado Springs starts remaining before a potential call-up.

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Final: DSL Brewers 2, DSL Mets2 8

 

DSL Brewers Box Score

 

The DSL Brewers 2015 season came to an end with an 8-2 loss to the Mets on Saturday. Maiker Pinto started and took the loss, retiring just two of the nine batters he faced in the first inning and allowing seven runs, though only three were earned. Juan Diaz followed and went 4.1 innings, allowing one run and Boanerges Nova worked the final three scoreless frames. Right fielder Anderson Jesus had the lone multi-hit game for the Brewers, going 2-for-4. Ignacio Otaño, Bryan Torres, Bismar Nunez and Josue Herrera each added a single.

 

DSL Brewers Game Log

 

A rough first inning cost the Brewers

 

DSL Mets2 Bottom of the 1st

Pedro Ventura doubles (11) on a line drive to center fielder Adolfo Morillo.

Rigoberto Terrazas walks.

Wagner Lagrange singles on a ground ball to center fielder Adolfo Morillo. Pedro Ventura scores. Rigoberto Terrazas to 2nd.

Domingo Martinez reaches on a throwing error by shortstop Ignacio Otano. Rigoberto Terrazas to 3rd. Wagner Lagrange to 2nd.

Juan Uriarte doubles (11) on a fly ball to center fielder Adolfo Morillo. Rigoberto Terrazas scores. Wagner Lagrange scores. Domingo Martinez scores.

Grabiel Jimenez hit by pitch.

Carlos Sanchez strikes out swinging.

Angel Manzanarez flies out to center fielder Adolfo Morillo.

Ranfy Adon homers (5) on a fly ball to left field. Juan Uriarte scores. Grabiel Jimenez scores.

Pitching Change: Juan Diaz replaces Maiker Pinto.

Pedro Ventura grounds out, pitcher Juan Diaz to first baseman Josue Herrera.

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Final: Biloxi 2, Jackson 1

 

Shuckers steal finale from Generals, 2-1, take four of five from Generals

Josh Fellhauer plates two with an infield single in the eighth inning

Biloxi Shuckers

 

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Jacob Barnes earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief and five strikeouts out of the bullpen. (M.K. Krebs)

 

JACKSON, TN - Biloxi Shucker fans had a hard time exhaling on Saturday, as Biloxi used some magic to maneuver its way out of helpless situations all night before taking the series finale over the Jackson Generals, 2-1, at the Ballpark at Jackson. The Shuckers pitching staff stranded 12 base runners in the win, while holding Jackson to 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. On three occasions Saturday night, the Shuckers escaped bases loaded, nobody out jams unscathed. The Shuckers leave Tennessee by taking four of five from the Generals and win the season series by taking nine of the 15 meetings.

 

The cardiac clams entered the eighth trailing 1-0. Nick Shaw (0x1, R, 2 BB) drew a free pass against reliever Trey Cochran-Gill (4-3) to start things off and moved over to third on a single by Brett Phillips (1x4, R), who advanced to second on the throw to third. Orlando Arcia (1x4) lined out to short and Nathan Orf (1x4) popped up to first on a bunt attempt.

 

With lefty Josh Fellhauer (2x3, 2 RBI) due up, the Generals turned to Paul Fry to get the lefty-lefty matchup. Fellhauer made Jackson pay with an infield single, plating both Shaw and Phillips to take the one-run advantage. Phillips scored his minor league-leading 104th run of the season.

 

Jackson hopped on the board early with a run in the first. Ian Miller singled to start the inning, but was picked off the bases before Tyler Smith walked to follow. Marcus Littlewood doubled the runner over to third, and Aderlin Rodriguez's sacrifice fly to right brought the runner home to put the Shuckers in a 1-0 hole.

 

Biloxi starting pitcher Hobbs Johnson flirted with disaster all night, but only allowed one run in his five-plus innings of work. The southpaw loaded the bases with nobody out in both the third and fourth innings, but escaped both jams without any damage. After allowing the first two to reach to start the sixth, the 24-year-old was lifted for Jacob Barnes (4-5).

 

After allowing a single on his first pitch out of the bullpen to Tyler Marlette, Barnes struck out Jabari Henry looking and Luis Caballero swinging for the first two outs, then got a fly out to center by Ian Miller to escape with the Shuckers trailing by just a run.

 

Barnes worked two innings in relief and struck out five while allowing just one hit in the winning effort.

 

Top Mariners right-handed pitching prospect Edwin Diaz took the mound for Jackson and did not allow a hit until Fellhauer's single with two outs in the fourth. He ended up tossing six shutout innings in a no decision.

 

Manny Barreda walked two in the eighth, but left both of those runners stranded. Yhonathan Barrios took the ninth and needed just seven pitches - five for strikes - to pick up his fifth save with the Shuckers.

 

Biloxi will head back home to MGM Park to face off against the Mobile BayBears for five. RHP Brooks Hall (7-8, 4.33) will make his first start since July 29 against the Generals. Mobile will send out RHP Brandon Sinnery (5-6, 5.55). First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m., with coverage beginning at 4:55 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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We posted this in the spring via Baseball America about two Dominican Summer League Brewers players --

 

Most interesting among the Yankees’ roll of released players are a pair of Dominican amateurs signed last July 2 (2014). Outfielder Adolfo Morillo signed for $50,000 (at age 16) and catcher Bismar Nunez signed for $10,000 (at age 19) just nine months ago, but New York released both players on March 31 rather than keep them in extended spring training. Neither played a game for a Yankees affiliate.

 

Morillo, still 17 until next month, only posted a .550 OPS in 145 at-bats.

 

Nunez, in his age 20 season, posted a fine .311/.351/.415 (.766 OPS) in 32 games (106 AB's).

 

Between the good folks at Miller Park Prospects and what we do here, you'll see season-ending recaps on each affiliate during September.

 

As for breakout newcomers, 18-year-old SS Ignacio Otano posted intriguing offensive (.821 OPS) and defensive (35 errors) numbers in 50 games. Panamanian RHP Carlos Luna was spectacular over nine appearances (eight starts), and was named the MVP pitcher of the DSL All-Star Game.

 

The team finished the season at 32-40.

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The three Biloxi escape routes --

 

Jackson Bottom of the 3rd

 

Luis Caballero walks.

Ian Miller singles on a bunt pop to pitcher Hobbs Johnson. Luis Caballero to 2nd.

Tyler Smith hits a sacrifice bunt. Throwing error by pitcher Hobbs Johnson. Luis Caballero to 3rd. Ian Miller to 2nd. Tyler Smith to 1st.

Marcus Littlewood pops out to shortstop Yadiel Rivera.

Aderlin Rodriguez grounds into a force out, first baseman Nick Ramirez to catcher Parker Berberet. Luis Caballero out at home. Ian Miller to 3rd. Tyler Smith to 2nd. Aderlin Rodriguez to 1st.

Jordy Lara strikes out swinging.

 

Jackson Bottom of the 4th

 

Guillermo Pimentel doubles (3) on a sharp fly ball to center fielder Brett Phillips.

Tyler Marlette singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder Brett Phillips. Guillermo Pimentel to 3rd.

Jabari Henry walks. Tyler Marlette to 2nd.

Luis Caballero lines into an unassisted double play, shortstop Yadiel Rivera. Tyler Marlette doubled off 2nd.

Ian Miller grounds out, second baseman Nick Shaw to first baseman Nick Ramirez.

 

Jackson Bottom of the 6th

 

Jordy Lara hit by pitch.

Guillermo Pimentel walks. Jordy Lara to 2nd.

Pitching Change: Jacob Barnes replaces Hobbs Johnson.

Tyler Marlette singles on a sharp ground ball to left fielder Josh Fellhauer, deflected by third baseman Nathan Orf. Jordy Lara to 3rd. Guillermo Pimentel to 2nd.

Jabari Henry called out on strikes.

Luis Caballero strikes out swinging.

Ian Miller flies out to center fielder Brett Phillips.

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Gomber, Peoria beat Timber Rattlers

By Chris Mehring / Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

 

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Greg McCall had two of Wisconsin's five hits on Saturday night at Peoria. (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Ann Mollica)

 

PEORIA, IL - Austin Gomber picked up his Midwest League leading fourteenth win of the season on Saturday night as the Peoria Chiefs took an early lead and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Saturday night at Dozer Park.

 

Wisconsin (42-81 overall, 19-34 second half) put two runners on with two outs in the first inning thanks to an error and a walk, but they could not score against Gomber.

 

The Chiefs (68-54, 35-19) had runners at the corners with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Harrison Bader smacked a single to left to score the first run of the game. Brian O'Keefe and Nick Thompson followed with back-to-back RBI singles and the Chiefs were up 3-0.

 

Peoria added to their lead in the second inning. Oscar Mercado singled with two outs and stole second, his league-leading 47th steal of the season. Paul DeJong drove in Mercado with a single and Wisconsin was down 4-0.

 

Gomber didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning, but it got him into a big jam. Greg McCall dropped a single into right to start the inning. Luis Aviles followed with a single and Tucker Neuhaus drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. The left-hander escaped with a pair of strikeouts and a grounder to short to keep Wisconsin off the scoreboard.

 

Jon Perrin settled in after the first two innings and set a single-game high as a professional for strikeouts in a game as he punched out seven Peoria batters over five innings, but the Rattlers offense gave him no support.

 

Gomber left with ten strikeouts after six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball in line for the win. He has allowed one run on five hits while striking out seventeen in 13-2/3 innings against the Timber Rattlers this season.

 

Blake Allemand doubled to lead off the top of the eighth against reliever Dixon Llorens, but he was left stranded when the inning ended.

 

The Timber Rattlers staged a rally in the ninth against Llorens. Aviles walked with one out. Then, Tucker Neuhaus singled and Mitch Meyer drew a walk to load the bases and send Llorens out of the game.

 

Chiefs closer Kyle Grana entered the game for Llorens and walked Sthervin Matos to force in a run. Allemand was next and his popup to medium right was dropped by Seferina, the second baseman. Neuhaus scored on the play, but the Chiefs were able to force Matos at second for the second out of the inning. Grana earned his twentieth save of the season by getting the final out of the game on a grounder to third.

 

Wisconsin stranded ten runners on base and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the game.

 

Gomber is 13-0 in his last seventeen starts. He has won six consecutive starts.

 

The final game of the series is Sunday evening at Dozer Park. Josh Uhen (1-3, 5.68) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Landon Beck will make his Midwest League debut as Peoria's starting pitcher on Sunday. Game time is 5:00pm.

 

The radio broadcast of Sunday's game is on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 4:40pm. The broadcast is also available on Tune In Radio and IHeartRadio.

 

 

WP: Austin Gomber (14-3)

LP: Jon Perrin (1-5)

SAVE: Kyle Grana (20)

 

TIME: 2:24

ATTN: 5,775

 

Wisconsin Boxscore

... and on the first day the Lord said, "Losing to the Cards sucketh!"... and said the same every day there after as well.

 

So I suppose I should acquaint everyone with Austin Gomber as he appears to be another savvy Cards later round draft pick who will over achieve his raw stuff. He's in the top 6 in every significant pitching category and is the league leader in Ks with 132. Here's the relevant portion of his BA scouting report from last year's draft:

...The Owls and Gomber were having tougher luck in 2014, compounded when Gomber missed his first two scheduled starts in May with what was described as "fatigue and arm soreness" in a media report. If he's healthy, Gomber presents scouts with a good-bodied lefty at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, with a track record of throwing strikes. When at his best, Gomber features two solid-average pitches in his 88-91 mph fastball that touches 93, and a changeup that earns above-average grades, though it's not quite plus for most scouts. Gomber's breaking ball remains inconsistent and below-average. He has shown some potential with the slider, but it's not as refined as his fastball and changeup. If healthy, Gomber could go as high as the third round.

 

Regardless of what Gomber is or isn't that 5th inning was a missed opportunity. The Rattlers do "battle" right to the end which speaks well to the character of the players even though the results this season haven't been stellar.

 

Wisconsin Recap

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Somebody help us out here --

 

How did Johnny Hellweg get credited with the win for the Manatees (box score)? He only went four innings. RHP Tristan Archer, who followed up with four scoreless, should have the victory, right?

 

I thought you had to go 5 to get the win as a starter but even if the Minor Leagues have an exception to that, Hellweg was largely ineffective while Archer was great so if there is judgement involved, Tristan should have got the win. Not that it matters much.

 

There we go, a quick email to MiLB Friday, and now it's fixed.

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From Friday's game -- sorry, Greg:

 

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Wisconsin Timber Rattlers players watch teammate Greg McCall almost fall over the railing while attempting to snatch a foul ball Friday at Dozer Park. Photo by Sarah Gardner, Peoria Journal Star

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Final: Helena 8, Great Falls 4

 

Brewers win second straight

 

Powered by the trio of David Denson, Troy Stokes and Yerison Pena, the Helena Brewers slugged their way to an 8-4 win over Great Falls on Saturday.

 

The three each had a pair of hits in the win, with Denson leading the way. He finished 2 for 4 -- with both of his hits clearing the wall for home runs. The first came in the third inning, and the second was in the seventh. Both were solo shots.

 

Stokes finished 2 for 2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored, while Pena was 2 for 4 with two runs scores. In all, Helena picked up 10 hits in the win.

 

The game was tied 1-1 after the first, but the Brewers (22-36) added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second and four in the third to take control. Great Falls (29-29) chipped away at the deficit, but Helena held on to take a second consecutive win.

 

The teams will face off again in a 1:05 PM (2:05 Central) Sunday contest, again at Kindrick Legion Field.

 

Helena Box Score

 

Carlos Belonis also homered, his 6th, matching David Denson's Helena total (Denson played LF here). Both of Denson's home runs were opposite hit to left (one to left-center). Belonis drove in four.

 

Starting RHP Joshua Torres sported a pretty line -- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 9 K, 1 HR

 

Rare off night for Malik Collymore as the DH, 0-for-5 atop the lineup with four K's.

 

Helena Game Log

 

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VIDEO: Brewers teammates Mitch Ghelfi, Jordan Yamamoto speak out in support of David Denson (pre-game)

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Salas, Seidenberger Dominate in 5-1 Victory

Coulter and Cooper Homer in Brevard County Win

By Dave Walkovic / Brevard County Manatees

08/22/2015 11:48 PM ET

 

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Brevard County starter Javi Salas, seen here from a game from earlier this season, earned his eighth win of the season on Saturday night. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)

 

Clearwater, FL - Javi Salas dominated over six innings as the Brevard County Manatees (24-30, 53-70) defeated the Clearwater Threshers (34-22, 71-55) 5-1 on Saturday night at Bright House Field.

 

Salas (8-8, 4.21 ERA) allowed just one run on five hits and one walk over six frames to earn the win. He struck out five.

 

Trevor Seidenberger tossed three shutout frames to earn his fifth save of the year.

 

The Manatees opened the scoring and took the lead for good in the fourth inning. With two outs, Clint Coulter smacked a solo homer to left field. It was Coulter's 13th home run of the year. The next batter, Garrett Cooper, homered to the opposite field to double the Brevard County lead. Cooper's eighth homer of the season marked the second time this week that Coulter and Cooper launched back-to-back home runs. The duo also hit consecutive homers on Monday night in Daytona.

 

The lone Clearwater run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI ground out by Dylan Cozens.

 

Brevard County added an insurance run in the seventh. Cooper and Rafael Neda singled consecutively to start the frame. Two batters later, Michael Ratterree lined a single to left field. Cooper scored and gave the Manatees a two-run advantage.

 

The Manatees completed the scoring in the ninth. Cooper was hit by a pitch with no outs. After two outs were recorded, Ratterree drew a walk. Steven Halcomb then drilled a two-run triple to left field and made it 5-1, Brevard County.

 

Victor Arano (4-12, 4.89 ERA) took the loss. He gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings.

 

After taking two of three games in Clearwater, the Manatees will head to Lakeland to start a three-game series with the Flying Tigers tomorrow. RHP Jorge Ortega (9-8, 2.48 ERA) will toe the rubber for Brevard County. The Flying Tigers will send LHP Trent Szkutnik (1-4, 6.75 ERA) to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

 

Brevard County Box Score

 

This was the best start for Javi Salas since June 17th. It's been quite a while. Trevor Seidenberger has also struggled a little bit but did fine here. Omar Garcia, Garrett Cooper and Steven Halcomb all had 2 hit nights. Manatees "improved" to 22-41 on the road (they are a couple of games above .500 at home). It's been kind of a lost year for Michael Ratterree but remember he had that hand/wrist break in Spring Training and may not be fully recovered from that.

 

Brevard County Game Log

 

Brevard County Top of the 9th

 

Steven Halcomb what happened here?

 

Garrett Cooper hit by pitch.

Rafael Neda strikes out swinging.

Jose Pena strikes out swinging.

Michael Ratterree walks. Garrett Cooper to 2nd.

Steven Halcomb triples (1) on a line drive to left fielder Andrew Pullin. Garrett Cooper scores. Michael Ratterree scores.

Steven Halcomb out at home, pitcher Miguel Nunez to catcher Willians Astudillo.

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Friday's game:

 

Tweet from ESPN's Eric Longenhagen --

 

Gilbert Lara's bat speed has evaporated (see brief conversation).

 

AZL Brewers Top of the 2nd

 

Max McDowell grounds out to pitcher Christopher Comito.

Jorge Quiterio doubles (8) on a ground ball to left fielder David Walker.

With Gilbert Lara batting, passed ball by Jacob Cooper, Jorge Quiterio to 3rd.

Gilbert Lara pops out to third baseman Maiker Feliz in foul territory.

Zach Taylor strikes out swinging.

 

Here's the full at-bat video:

 

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Final: Arizona Royals 5, Arizona Brewers 1

 

A-Crew two games out of first, in 3rd place, with only five games left (elimination number is four)

 

Maryvale Box Score

 

Six Brewer hits, four walks, an HBP (yes, we noticed again, Max McDowell), but --

 

Team RISP: 0-for-9.

Team LOB: 11.

 

Our two video kids from Friday's game above did OK here, as SS Gilbert Lara singled and walked, and 3B Jorge Quiterio singled twice; CF Trent Clark singled and walked, but fanned in his other three AB's, an oddity for him, just 30 K's in 154 AB's coming into this one.

 

Maryvale Game Log

 

9th round Oregon HS pick RHP Karsen Lindell had been excellent in his last four outings, this 3.2 inning start saw him put 11 men on base, but he did limit the damage to three runs, as rehabbing veteran LHP Brent Leach stranded one of his baserunners.

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Darn, I hate accidentally closing my browser just before a perfectly prepared Sky Sox summary posted, let's try again, sigh --

 

Final: Tacoma 7, Colorado Springs 4

 

Tacoma Rains On Sox Parade In 7-4 Loss

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Sky Sox dropped their series-finale with a 7-4 loss to the Tacoma Rainiers before a crowd of 4,981 at Security Service Field on Saturday night.

 

The Sky Sox would break through for two runs against Rainiers starter Forrest Snow (9-8, 3.97) in the home second to open the night’s scoring. Kyle Wren’s one-out double plated Matt Dominguez and Matt Long to give Colorado Springs an early 2-0 advantage.

 

Tacoma would tie it up in the very next frame against Sox starter Zach Davies (1-1, 5.14) after the right-hander served up three singles and a walk in consecutive at-bats. One-out singles by Chris Taylor and Jabari Blash did the damage for Tacoma as the knotted contest headed to the home third.

 

Colorado Springs retook the lead when Michael Reed came around to score on a Juan Centeno RBI single after the outfielder led off the frame with a booming double to left. The Sox third run would be the last allowed by Snow as the right-hander departed after five innings having allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

 

The Rainiers would tag Davies for four more runs over his final two innings of work, once again knotting the ballgame on a Steve Baron RBI forceout in the fourth before taking the lead for good in the fifth. Blash hit his third home run of the four-game set to lead off the fifth, giving Tacoma their first lead of the night with the new 4-3 advantage. Patrick Kivlehan followed with a base hit before Daniel Paolini reached on a Luis Sardinas fielding error. Patrick Brady added an RBI groundout before Leury Bonilla capped the frame’s scoring with a two-out RBI single. Davies would strike out Steve Baron to end the frame and his evening with Tacoma now leading 6-3. In all, Davies was charged with six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings of work.

 

Austin Ross took over for Davies after a scoreless Sox fifth, allowing a run on two walks and two singles in the Rainiers sixth. Paolini drove in the lone run of the frame with an RBI base knock to extend their lead to 7-3 through six innings of play.

 

Colorado Springs scratched their final run across in the home seventh against reliever Mayckol Guaipe on a Pete Orr run-scoring ground out. Centeno crossed the plate to cut the Sox deficit to 7-4 heading into the contests final two innings.

 

The Sox southpaw duo of Jeremy Horst and Michael Strong combined to toss two shutout frames, keeping Tacoma off the board the rest of the way to give the home team a fighting chance at another comeback win.

 

Unfortunately for Colorado Springs, the Rainiers bullpen proved just as strong over those pivotal final frames. Guaipe tossed a scoreless eighth before right-hander Tony Zych came in to close out the 7-4 contest in the ninth. The Rainiers closer did just that to earn his fourth save of the season, shipping Tacoma off on a high note with the four-game series-split. Tacoma improves to 60-68 with the win as Colorado Springs falls to 53-74 on the season.

 

The Sky Sox will look to get back into the win column as they head off to Texas on Sunday to play the El Paso Chihuahuas in the first of a four-game set with the top affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Josh Roenicke (6-10, 6.20) gets the call for Colorado Springs and will face off against El Paso right-hander Chris Smith (4-5, 3.81) with first pitch slated for 6:05 PM MDT (7:05 Central) from Southwest University Park.

 

Colorado Springs Box Score

 

Juan Centeno, DH'ing here, was 4-for-5, and red-hot SS Luis Sardinas tripled among his three hits. Four other Sky Sox reached twice, including Matt Long, who doubled twice.

 

Colorado Springs Game Log

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Denson goes yard twice in Helena victory

Brewers No. 27 prospect records second multi-homer game of season

By Kelsie Heneghan / MiLB.com

 

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David Denson is hitting .300 (6-for-20) with two homers and seven RBIs in his last five games. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

 

David Denson has shown courage off the field in recent weeks. On Saturday night, he put the spotlight back on the diamond by showing off his power.

 

The Brewers' No. 27 prospect recorded his second two-homer game of the season to power Rookie-level Helena to an 8-4 win over Great Falls at Kindrick Legion Field.

 

Denson came into the contest with just one multi-hit game since July 17. He blasted his way out of that slump, starting in the third inning. After flying out in his first at-bat, the 20-year-old first baseman slugged a solo shot to left field off starter Matt Ball for his first homer since going yard twice on July 12.

 

After striking out in the fourth, Denson came up in the seventh with the bases empty and gave fans a familiar sight with a homer to left-center off reliever Braulio Ortiz. The California native surpassed his career high of six jacks with the second blast of the game.

 

Denson finished last summer with Class A Wisconsin and returned to the Midwest League to start his third professional season. But after hitting .195 with one homer in 24 games for the Timber Rattlers, he was reassigned to the Pioneer League.

 

The left-handed hitter found his stride, posting a .250 average with four homers and 13 RBIs to earn a trip to the Northwest/Pioneer League All-Star Game on Aug. 5. There, Denson went 2-for-3 with a pinch homer, two RBIs and two runs scored en route to receiving the league's Top Star Award.

 

Earlier this month, Denson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he's gay, becoming the first baseball player in the affiliated Minor or Major Leagues to publicly do so while still active.

 

Denson's post-All-Star break numbers have been less stellar, but he's beginning to turn things around. The 2013 15th-round pick has six hits, including five for extra bases, seven RBIs and two walks in his last five games.

 

Carlos Belonis -- who turned 21 on Wednesday -- slugged his sixth homer and tied a career high with four RBIs for the Brewers.

 

Starter Joshua Torres (3-3) got the win, allowing a run on three hits and a walk with a career-high nine strikeouts over five innings.

 

Ball (2-6) yielded seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and a walk while fanning five in three frames.

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