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  • Brewers Minor League Link Report (9/8): Lindblom, Castaneda, Cornielle and Doston all Shine as Affiliates Win Three of Four

    'Ro Mueller

    Three starting pitchers combined to throw 17 innings of 2-run ball in victories for Nashville, Biloxi and Wisconsin. Terence Doston had a coming out party with two clutch homers. Jacob Misiorowski had an encouraging start in Carolina’s loss.

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    Josh Lindblom covered six scoreless innings for the Sounds, Victor Castaneda delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Shuckers and Alexander Cornielle provided five innings of one-run ball for the Timber Rattlers in a winning night on the farm.

    Doston’s two homers tripled his career long ball production, as the speed-first 21-year old outfielder demonstrated his mettle and potential in a three-hit, four-RBI game for AA Biloxi.

    Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Castaneda, Lindblom and Doston, as well as Pedro Severino, with an honorable mention to Patrick Dorrian.


    • RHP
    • Justin Topa designated the 29th man for MLB Brewers' Thursday doubleheader, coming up from AAA Nashville
    • OF Esteury Ruiz optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (with INF Mike Brosseau replacing him on the MLB roster)
    • RHP Luis Contreras
    • promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi

    Game Action:

    Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Nashville 10, Charlotte 6
    Box Score / Game Log
    Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom Stellar as Sounds Top Knights


    RHP Josh Lindblom (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks) gave Nashville the lift it needed with six scoreless, two-hit innings (95 pitches), his fifth straight solid start, exiting with a comfortable 5-0 lead.

    Offensively, the team pounded out 17 hits, with four hits in the 1st inning producing two runs on RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-5, double, RBI) and OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-5, 2 RBIs).

    Four more hits in the 5th inning extended the lead to 5-0, with Singleton (double), Wiemer (RBI single) and C Pedro Severino (RBI double; 2-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) in particular coming through.

    However, things tightened up in the bottom of the 7th inning, as RHP Hobie Harris had a rare rough outing, conceding three runs before being ejected alongside Manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Al LeBoeuf with the score narrowed to 5-3. Leave it to the legendary Mr. Sweet to get ejected in the game which earned him his 2,181st victory, moving him into 6th all time in the history of minor league baseball.

    Thankfully, the hits just kept coming for the Sounds, who brought in three runs on four hits in the top of the 8th inning to get back to a more comfortable 8-3 position, including 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, RBI) hitting his ninth dinger of the season.

    The win cuts this week’s series deficit in Charlotte to 2-1, but with Columbus also winning the Sounds first place advantage remains just 3.5 games.

    Three Quick Strikes:

    • Every Sound in the starting lineup collected a hit in this game, including three from OF Matt Lipka, two each from Pablo Reyes and Weston Wilson and one each from Cam Devanney and Sal Frelick, who extended his on-base streak to 26 games.
    • Many online posters wonder why RHP Jake Cousins hasn’t gotten the recall to the majors yet after recovering from an injury, but the reality is that he’s still working his way back to form. On this night, Cousins conceded an 8th inning run, meaning he’s given up a run in six of his last ten outings, though thankfully with no multi-run catastrophes. Just-turned 23-year old RHP Cam Robinson also hasn’t quite adjusted to AAA ball yet, giving up two runs in the 9th inning of this game.
    • After a Severino 9th inning homer to boost the lead to 9-4, Dorrian flied out and apparently decided to give the umpires his opinion on their earlier behavior, so he joined his coaches and teammate in receiving an early exit instruction.

    Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his second-ever start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives to even the series 2-2 and keep second place Columbus at bay.

    Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 3

    Box Score / Game Log
    Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Doston's Career Night Drives Shuckers 5-3 Victory

    In your daily reminder that everyone in the system is a legitimate prospect, speedy OF Terence Doston (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, SB) smacked two home runs and drove in four runs in a breakout performance for the 21-year old former two-sport high school star.

    Each of Doston’s hits was of the clutch variety, starting with a 5th inning solo shot to give Biloxi a 2-1 lead, an RBI single in the 6th inning to extend it to 3-1 and then a two-run homer in the 8th inning to provide much needed insurance after the Braves had clawed back to 3-2.


    On the mound, RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks) brought his season ERA back down to 3.97 with a much-needed effort on Thursday, winning his fourth game of the year and exiting after five innings with a 2-1 lead. The walks will obviously worry him, but sometimes you have to bulldog your way through.

    The Shuckers win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, aided by four stolen bases (including 2B Felix Valerio’s 29th of the year and burly-looking yet fleet-of-foot 1B Thomas Dillard’s 13th) with nobody caught stealing.

    Three Quick Strikes:

    • Rehabbing LHP Clayton Andrews (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) delivered a second straight encouraging shutout inning as he sets his sights on big things in 2023, while Ryan Middendorf (2 IP, 1 R) continues to adjust to life in Biloxi and free agent-to-be RHP Robbie Baker earned his first AA save despite allowing one run.
    • Some followers may have expected better hitting numbers from Doston (.692 career OPS; .640 OPS in AA/High-A ball this year) after he was given a $125,000 signing bonus in the 2019 draft, but it’s probably better to think of him along the lines of former Brewer OF Monte Harrison or current Nashville RHP Lucas Erceg: extremely athletic young men who need time to figure out how to get the most out of their talent on the field. Expect Doston to remain at AA Biloxi next season, with the Brewers hoping that his talent begins to shine consistently.
    • 3B Yeison Coca unfortunately exited in the 6th inning immediately after being hit by a pitch.

    Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a win to even the series 2-2. Solid work in Knarr’s last few outings have lowered his ERA in AA ball to 3.87 (76 2/3 IP), with a season ERA of 2.89 when including his early season domination for Wisconsin.

    Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes (link goes to roster instead)
    Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 1

    Box Score / Game Log
    Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Beats Beloit 5-1 for Third Straight Win

    As always for Wisconsin home games, nothing beats the video recap from the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: 

    21-year RHP Alexander Cornielle (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) continues to cement his prospect status, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball in the Timber Rattlers third straight victory over the Sky Carp.

    However, it was a tight contest, 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning after reliever RHP Joey Matulovich (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) followed up Cornielle’s work with two shutout innings of his own.

    After a 2B Jose Acosta walk and OF/2B Zach Raabe (1-for-2, double, walk, RBI) double to open the bottom of the 8th inning, OF Arbert Cipion broke the deadlock with a two-run single which somehow found its way through the drawn-in infield, followed by a run-scoring error and SS Eduardo Garcia providing the final run with an RBI single.

    Three Quick Strikes:

    • The early runs came on solo homers from Beloit in the 1st inning and Acosta (1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI) in the 2nd inning.
    • C Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, but this one is more worrisome as he immediately exited after the 8th inning beaning, forcing DH/C Jeferson Quero to finish the game behind the plate. If Miller can’t go over Wisconsin’s remaining three games, don’t be surprised if young C/1B/OF Tayden Hall makes his High-A debut behind the plate in one contest.
    • OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-3, walk, SB) reached base twice, while starter-turned-reliever RHP Brannon Jordan pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

    Friday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.89 season ERA; 1.44 ERA in High-A ball) will make his 7th High-A start, as Wisconsin aims for a fourth straight victory in this week’s series.

    Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes
    Final: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2

    Box Score / Game Log
    Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Moore Hits Second Home Run in 8-2 Loss to Pelicans


    On the RHP Jacob Misiorowski-front (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks), the good news is that his second outing went much better than his debut, but the bad news is that he walked the last three batters he faced and needed RHP Trevor Tietz to bail him out of that bases loaded 2nd inning jam with consecutive strikeouts.

    RHP Max Lazar entered in the 3rd inning to continue his rehab work, but conceded three runs (two earned) on three hits in that frame before settling in with the Mudcats trailing 3-0.

    A SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk, SB) double and 2B Robert Moore homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the 4th inning, but Carolina would get no closer. In fact, these were two of Carolina’s measly three hits on the evening.


    The loss puts Carolina down 2-0 in this week’s road series.


    Three Quick Strikes:

    • The Mudcats last major opportunity came via two 6th inning walks and a wild pitch. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners and one out, Moore unfortunately grounded into an inning-ending double play.
    • RHP Edwin Jimenez entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and was greeted by a solo homer and triple before recording his first out. A two-run homer in the 7th inning and RBI double in the 8th inning completed a difficult three-inning, five-run (four earned) night for him.
    • Three errors didn’t help Carolina’s cause, although the Pelicans also committed two though offset their own with two double plays.

    Friday’s outlook: 19-year old RHP Yujanyer Herrera (6.63 ERA in ACL/Low-A) is scheduled to make his fourth appearance (third start) for the Mudcats, eager to improve on his last two outings (5 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs allowed).


    We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams!

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    It will be very interesting to see how the Sounds and Knights view tonight’s game. There was a lot, and I mean a lot of chirping going on between the two dugouts and then with the umpires after Hobie Harris went head level and inside after the 3-run Jack he gave up. Sweetie obviously didn’t agree with his reliever getting tossed there. At all. He was adamantly pointing at the Charlotte dugout before really ripping into the first base umpire - who seemed to be at the center of both coaching ejections and who quickly called the ump huddle after Harris’ pitch.

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    It will be very interesting to see how the Sounds and Knights view tonight’s game. There was a lot, and I mean a lot of chirping going on between the two dugouts and then with the umpires after Hobie Harris went head level and inside after the 3-run Jack he gave up. Sweetie obviously didn’t agree with his reliever getting tossed there. At all. He was adamantly pointing at the Charlotte dugout before really ripping into the first base umpire - who seemed to be at the center of both coaching ejections and who quickly called the ump huddle after Harris’ pitch.

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