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  1. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Blanked 2-0 in Series Tying Loss - Mudcats Shut Out for Third Time on the Road This Season Please take a trip down memory lane to this date in history in 1992. Taste some of that vintage Mudcats storyline. Folks, this is the good stuff: Israel Puello had his best outing of his career to date for High-A Carolina. This was a much needed outing for the young hurler and we hope to see more of this moving forward. Ultimately, I gave the old 'Tag' nod to Edwin Jimenez who pitched three shutout innings of zero run, one hit, one walk, and four strikeout ball allowing his team the opportunity to claw back in it late. Edwin, in my opinion, (still a mere 20 years old) has been one of the steadier pitching options for Carolina. Regardless, after several rough outings, it was truly nice to see Israel turn a kind of corner. Jeferson Quero showed off his arm nailing a failed stolen base attempt after a lead-off walk - the second out in inning number four. It was a bang-bang play and a heck of a throw from the young catcher. He opened inning five with a very compact and impressive swing on a single to right field. It's always nice to be reminded by the prospect themselves of why they are highly touted. This is Jackson Chourio's second hitless game in eight total outings for the Mudcats. However, one thing seems quite clear early: this young man doesn't strike out much (zero, again, on the 0-4 outing). Low strikeout totals and tendencies are always an extremely positive sign for an extremely young and talented hitter. The bats were awfully quiet in this one for the young Mudcats with a mere four hits and not a single hit for extra bases. This being said, I have to admit seeing Jesus Chirinos swipe second base (his first steal of the season) was definitively not on my list of expected outcomes. Speaking of Chirinos, in all the hype and feel-good we've had for the exciting Jackson Chourio (0-4 in this affair) we've forgotten to point out the recent string of success for Jesus: : he has hit safely in 7 consecutive games after tonight. and has gone 8-for-27 during this span. Transitioning to a more demanding offensive position like first base from catcher takes time. It's nice to see the young man starting to gather momentum. The All-Time series versus the Woodpeckers move to 24-22 in favor of Carolina who now sit at 10-14 overall at SEGRA stadium in Fayetteville. *Please keep in mind highlights are limited in many Away contests for the T-Rats...I will attempt to post condensed game highlights when they arrive tomorrow. We are truly spoiled during their Home series. Thank you Chris and Kyle!* Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Run Lifts Rattlers Over River Bandits - Wisconsin Wins Fifth Straight Game I mentioned Tristan Peters last night. Let us take a look at his recent run of excellence. A very compact and nuanced, but, easy and flowing swing: He continues to be unheralded, but, I'm going to keep shining light on this young man's season. He has winning baseball tools for days. A bright future is ahead. To start inning number five for Antoine Kelly, Carlos Rodriguez botched his very first fly out of the season. A routine deep fly to the warning track caromed off his glove and there was a runner aboard at second base with zero outs. This was highly uncharacteristic from the typically adept outfielder - his first error of the season. Unfortunately, this error seemed to rattle Kelly as it led to a walk on a wild pitch and the runner aboard advanced to third. Ultimately, the Quad Cities got one run from the error on a sacrifice fly out to Tristan Peters in right field. Tristan followed this sac fly with an adept play to snare a well-hit liner down the right field line. Cam Robinson continues his string of excellent work in May, He pitched two scoreless, including a punch out to end the contest preserving the 3-2 victory. Cam is un-scored upon in May. That's going to play at any level. In a recent post-game podcast, Kyle Lobner made the astute observation: the Midwest League is much kinder to teams who don't beat themselves. Well, the Timber Rattlers currently espouse this bit of wisdom with aplomb. During their recent string of success, the Rattlers just are not making many mistakes. And, when a player does make an inevitable mistake, their teammates don't compound the issue by piling on more. They are simply playing winning baseball. At the High-A level, this is truly a joy to watch. Case and point: the winning run crossing in the eighth inning was about as emblematic of taking advantage of mistakes as it gets. Joe Gray Jr. led off with a double. On the very next pitch he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darrien Miller was incapable of getting Joe across home plate as he grounded out to the pitcher. However, Tristan Peters executed what was tantamount to a swinging bunt dribbler down the first base line and Joe scored and the T-Rats had their lead. This is winning baseball. And, in this case, that run won the game. Speaking of Joe Gray Jr., he is definitely heating up: What does winning baseball look like, you ask? Tonight's win gave our Timber Rattlers their third different five-game winning streak of the season. That'll do! A nod to Tristan Peters again. He singled in the fourth inning to push his current on-base streak to nineteen games. He knocked home the winning run. He ended the fifth inning threat after Quad City's first runner crossed home plate. Tristan=Winner in 'Canadian'. Another nod is in order for Antoine Kelly going a career-high 5 2/3 innings. He didn't grab a decision on the evening, but, for a young man who prefers to work out of the bullpen he sure is looking quite nice as a starter. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 10 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Consistent Hitting Tops Shuckers 10-5 - Wiemer Homers for Second Straight Day A telling inning for the 2022 Shuckers at present would have to be the top of the seventh inning today. After just clawing back to within a 2-3 score in the bottom of the sixth via some Joey Wiemer base-running prowess and some friendly throwing errors from Birmingham, Lucas Erceg took the mound for the second inning of his outing. A tough grounder snuck its way into right field off the sliding backhanded effort from Thomas Dillard - a difficult play but definitely a makable play. Unfortunately, these are the types of plays not being made so far in 2022. The Barons then bunted their man to second base. There was one down and the inning was still quite manageable. What proceeded to happen is a series of weak grounders finding their way to various parts of the infield or the outfield. A let-up on another makable play down the first base line from Thomas Dillard (a ball most on the Biloxi squad felt was a foul ball but a ball that was called fair) allowing the fifth run to cross. Previous to that, Freddy Zamora failed to corral a one-hop bullet throw from Joey Wiemer to nail the runner at second base rounding first which would have grabbed out number two. Innings like these have appeared all too often for the young Shuckers. And, as a result, they continue to struggle. Times are tough and the slog is real down in Double-A. Let's hope they can start playing better ball in days ahead! Lost in the shuffle, was Nick Bennett's career-high eight strikeouts in the early tilt. In total, Nick went five complete innings of four hit and one walk ball. He was snakebitten by a couple early solo shots but, all in all, he had quite a nice outing. Perhaps, his best showing overall of 2022. Here's hoping he keeps trending in this direction as he was one of the more intriguing pitching follows to start the year in Biloxi. Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer managed to steal his third base in the first two games of this series and his sixth overall in 2022. An unheralded aspect of Joey's game is his overall athleticism. He obviously has a cannon of an arm. and showcased that arm on two separate plays in the seventh inning, but he also has the speed to swipe bases and cover the outfield. Joey also added another outfield assist to his already League leading tally and, really, should have had another - he now has six assists through 29 games. There simply continues to be a plethora of things to celebrate here. I could talk about his sixth home run of his season, and the second ding dong in two days, as well. Oh, wait, I guess I just did. Here's the highlight: The Barons definitely found some tell signs in Nick Bennett's delivery. In the fifth inning alone, they managed to swipe three bases. I'm curious to see how this plays moving forward as, even out of the stretch, there was some delay affording runners a good take off. Freddy Zamora committed his 11th error in 29 games. It was yet another throwing error and, at this point, I don't know what we're going to get leaving his hands. It's a real conundrum here early in 2022 and this is certainly not the start we fans envisioned after the way 2021 ended for the young shortstop. Lucas Erceg continues to experience improbably bad luck while taking the mound as a reliever. He was credited with giving up five hits in his 1 2/3 innings today. He was credited with giving up four runs. The stat line doesn't really depict what happened and, I would politely argue, his defense let him down on numerous occasions and the umpire blew a call. I gave you a brief glimpse in the above description. However, always the optimist, I'm convinced better days are ahead. He did manage to touch 100mph on the radar gun in his second inning of work. Perhaps, just maybe, there was a little added frustration in that heater! The Shuckers hit 1-9 with RISP. This continues to be a problem for the team. Brent Diaz managed to knock in his fourth home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. His average has now dipped below .200 on the season but he continues to make meaningful contact: We showcased Garrett Mitchell's speed last night as he scored the winning run on an extremely shallow liner to left field. Here, he hits his second triple of his season and blazes to third. I seriously ponder how fast Garrett could run a 40 yard dash. This young man has some serious get up and go! The series is tied 1-1. Let's just move onto game number three and play some better baseball! Let's go, young men. Keep those chins up, heads high, and unlock your greatness. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally Late But Fall Short in Jacksonville - Brice Turang, Jon Singleton Hit Home Runs in Loss Caleb Boushley took the mound for the Sounds today and gave up two two-run homers in the bottom half of the first. He limited any further damage and pretty much coasted through his four remaining innings. He left his outing after five, having given up a mere five hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Those two homers held for Jacksonville, however, as Caleb left with the Sounds trailing 4-2. The Sounds definitely clawed back into the game and made a hotly contested game of it - something you'd expect and hope for from two Divisional leaders. After tying the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth, Nashville had the bases juiced with two down. Pablo Reyes came to the plate with an opportunity to open a lead but continued his unfortunate struggles and struck out on three pitches. When Pablo is making contact he has simply been unlucky as he's typically been making quite good contact. A strike out on three pitches is not the result he or the Sounds were after. And, so goes the game of baseball. Further Viewing Notes: Brice Turang managed to blast his third home run of his season pulling the Sounds within 4-3. It was a beautiful smooth stroke and booming moonshot over the wall in right field. He looks so much more poised and calm at the plate. Don't just take my word for it. Here's someone much more qualified commenting on Brice: The adjustments Turang has made, in concert with the Sounds and Brewers hitting coaches, have made such a discernible difference. Take a look at this swing: Not to be outdone, Jon Singleton followed suit with his seventh bomb (and first dinger against a lefty!) of his season and it was suddenly a tie ball game at 4-4. Here is your highlight: The view from the ballpark definitely showed what I was seeing. The Home crowd was surprisingly excited: Bedrocks of the Nashville Sounds offensive surge, all season long really, Brice Turang and David Dahl had their eighth and seventh respective multi-hit games on the year. Turang finished his day 3 of 5 with the home run, RBI, and run. David finished 2 of 4 with a run. He is now back above .300 hitting .309 on the season. The David Dahl resurgence is real. He plays a smooth and steady outfield to boot. Uncharacteristic blemished performances from the bullpen sealed the Sounds fate after tying the game in the sixth. In the bottom half of the same sixth inning, Miguel Sanchez gave a run right back with a sequence of self-inflicted harm. A hit batter, a walk, a double play ground ball and it looked like the inning would end. But, Miguel threw a wild pitch to the very next batter and it was 5-4 Jacksonville. Thomas Jankins didn't fair much better in the seventh inning. In one inning pitched, Jankins gave up 3 hits, one walk, and a wild pitch while giving up two earned runs. It was 7-4. The Sounds had a legitimate shot to tie or win the game in the ninth inning. After Brice Turang's routine pop-up between the short stop and a sprinting left fielder somehow found the grass, the Sounds had two men aboard. Keston Hiura then worked a count full and hit a rope shot past a diving third baseman and it was 7-5 with two men on, two out, and Jon Singleton representing the leading run at the plate. The drama ended on a beautiful breaking pitch from Jacksonville (LHP) Robert Garcia as Jon succumbed to his second strike out on the afternoon. Fear not, my friends, we head back to an evening game tomorrow for our Sounds. And, just let this soak in: The Sounds have won every series they have played so far this year. If we trace team the team records all the way back to the last century (1988), this is the first time since at least 1987 the team has won its first five series in a season. Let's make it six! We are actually back to all evening games for the clubs tomorrow. I don't know about you, but I am partial to all evening tilts. Let's hope Nasvhille and Biloxi get some good rest and come out mashing tomorrow night. As always, it's been a pleasure sharing my reports with you. Let's keep rooting for the farm! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. The Shuckers fought back in their matinee game but reverted to the poor form seen during their recent seven-game skid. The Sounds clawed their way back to even but faded late with three uncharacteristic runs conceded by the bullpen. Carolina lost a well-pitched low-scoring affair in Fayetteville. BUT, all was literally not lost: Wisconsin kept plugging away and ultimately won on a classic move the runner brand of baseball late and a vintage May 2022 closing performance from Cam Robinson. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Blanked 2-0 in Series Tying Loss - Mudcats Shut Out for Third Time on the Road This Season Please take a trip down memory lane to this date in history in 1992. Taste some of that vintage Mudcats storyline. Folks, this is the good stuff: Israel Puello had his best outing of his career to date for High-A Carolina. This was a much needed outing for the young hurler and we hope to see more of this moving forward. Ultimately, I gave the old 'Tag' nod to Edwin Jimenez who pitched three shutout innings of zero run, one hit, one walk, and four strikeout ball allowing his team the opportunity to claw back in it late. Edwin, in my opinion, (still a mere 20 years old) has been one of the steadier pitching options for Carolina. Regardless, after several rough outings, it was truly nice to see Israel turn a kind of corner. Jeferson Quero showed off his arm nailing a failed stolen base attempt after a lead-off walk - the second out in inning number four. It was a bang-bang play and a heck of a throw from the young catcher. He opened inning five with a very compact and impressive swing on a single to right field. It's always nice to be reminded by the prospect themselves of why they are highly touted. This is Jackson Chourio's second hitless game in eight total outings for the Mudcats. However, one thing seems quite clear early: this young man doesn't strike out much (zero, again, on the 0-4 outing). Low strikeout totals and tendencies are always an extremely positive sign for an extremely young and talented hitter. The bats were awfully quiet in this one for the young Mudcats with a mere four hits and not a single hit for extra bases. This being said, I have to admit seeing Jesus Chirinos swipe second base (his first steal of the season) was definitively not on my list of expected outcomes. Speaking of Chirinos, in all the hype and feel-good we've had for the exciting Jackson Chourio (0-4 in this affair) we've forgotten to point out the recent string of success for Jesus: : he has hit safely in 7 consecutive games after tonight. and has gone 8-for-27 during this span. Transitioning to a more demanding offensive position like first base from catcher takes time. It's nice to see the young man starting to gather momentum. The All-Time series versus the Woodpeckers move to 24-22 in favor of Carolina who now sit at 10-14 overall at SEGRA stadium in Fayetteville. *Please keep in mind highlights are limited in many Away contests for the T-Rats...I will attempt to post condensed game highlights when they arrive tomorrow. We are truly spoiled during their Home series. Thank you Chris and Kyle!* Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Run Lifts Rattlers Over River Bandits - Wisconsin Wins Fifth Straight Game I mentioned Tristan Peters last night. Let us take a look at his recent run of excellence. A very compact and nuanced, but, easy and flowing swing: He continues to be unheralded, but, I'm going to keep shining light on this young man's season. He has winning baseball tools for days. A bright future is ahead. To start inning number five for Antoine Kelly, Carlos Rodriguez botched his very first fly out of the season. A routine deep fly to the warning track caromed off his glove and there was a runner aboard at second base with zero outs. This was highly uncharacteristic from the typically adept outfielder - his first error of the season. Unfortunately, this error seemed to rattle Kelly as it led to a walk on a wild pitch and the runner aboard advanced to third. Ultimately, the Quad Cities got one run from the error on a sacrifice fly out to Tristan Peters in right field. Tristan followed this sac fly with an adept play to snare a well-hit liner down the right field line. Cam Robinson continues his string of excellent work in May, He pitched two scoreless, including a punch out to end the contest preserving the 3-2 victory. Cam is un-scored upon in May. That's going to play at any level. In a recent post-game podcast, Kyle Lobner made the astute observation: the Midwest League is much kinder to teams who don't beat themselves. Well, the Timber Rattlers currently espouse this bit of wisdom with aplomb. During their recent string of success, the Rattlers just are not making many mistakes. And, when a player does make an inevitable mistake, their teammates don't compound the issue by piling on more. They are simply playing winning baseball. At the High-A level, this is truly a joy to watch. Case and point: the winning run crossing in the eighth inning was about as emblematic of taking advantage of mistakes as it gets. Joe Gray Jr. led off with a double. On the very next pitch he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darrien Miller was incapable of getting Joe across home plate as he grounded out to the pitcher. However, Tristan Peters executed what was tantamount to a swinging bunt dribbler down the first base line and Joe scored and the T-Rats had their lead. This is winning baseball. And, in this case, that run won the game. What does winning baseball look like, you ask? Tonight's win gave our Timber Rattlers their third different five-game winning streak of the season. That'll do! A nod to Tristan Peters again. He singled in the fourth inning to push his current on-base streak to nineteen games. He knocked home the winning run. He ended the fifth inning threat after Quad City's first runner crossed home plate. Tristan=Winner in 'Canadian'. Another nod is in order for Antoine Kelly going a career-high 5 2/3 innings. He didn't grab a decision on the evening, but, for a young man who prefers to work out of the bullpen he sure is looking quite nice as a starter. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 10 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Consistent Hitting Tops Shuckers 10-5 - Wiemer Homers for Second Straight Day A telling inning for the 2022 Shuckers at present would have to be the top of the seventh inning today. After just clawing back to within a 2-3 score in the bottom of the sixth via some Joey Wiemer base-running prowess and some friendly throwing errors from Birmingham, Lucas Erceg took the mound for the second inning of his outing. A tough grounder snuck its way into right field off the sliding backhanded effort from Thomas Dillard - a difficult play but definitely a makable play. Unfortunately, these are the types of plays not being made so far in 2022. The Barons then bunted their man to second base. There was one down and the inning was still quite manageable. What proceeded to happen is a series of weak grounders finding their way to various parts of the infield or the outfield. A let-up on another makable play down the first base line from Thomas Dillard (a ball most on the Biloxi squad felt was a foul ball but a ball that was called fair) allowing the fifth run to cross. Previous to that, Freddy Zamora failed to corral a one-hop bullet throw from Joey Wiemer to nail the runner at second base rounding first which would have grabbed out number two. Innings like these have appeared all too often for the young Shuckers. And, as a result, they continue to struggle. Times are tough and the slog is real down in Double-A. Let's hope they can start playing better ball in days ahead! Lost in the shuffle, was Nick Bennett's career-high eight strikeouts in the early tilt. In total, Nick went five complete innings of four hit and one walk ball. He was snakebitten by a couple early solo shots but, all in all, he had quite a nice outing. Perhaps, his best showing overall of 2022. Here's hoping he keeps trending in this direction as he was one of the more intriguing pitching follows to start the year in Biloxi. Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer managed to steal his third base in the first two games of this series and his sixth overall in 2022. An unheralded aspect of Joey's game is his overall athleticism. He obviously has a cannon of an arm. and showcased that arm on two separate plays in the seventh inning, but he also has the speed to swipe bases and cover the outfield. Joey also added another outfield assist to his already League leading tally and, really, should have had another - he now has six assists through 29 games. There simply continues to be a plethora of things to celebrate here. I could talk about his sixth home run of his season, and the second ding dong in two days, as well. Oh, wait, I guess I just did. Here's the highlight: The Barons definitely found some tell signs in Nick Bennett's delivery. In the fifth inning alone, they managed to swipe three bases. I'm curious to see how this plays moving forward as, even out of the stretch, there was some delay affording runners a good take off. Freddy Zamora committed his 11th error in 29 games. It was yet another throwing error and, at this point, I don't know what we're going to get leaving his hands. It's a real conundrum here early in 2022 and this is certainly not the start we fans envisioned after the way 2021 ended for the young shortstop. Lucas Erceg continues to experience improbably bad luck while taking the mound as a reliever. He was credited with giving up five hits in his 1 2/3 innings today. He was credited with giving up four runs. The stat line doesn't really depict what happened and, I would politely argue, his defense let him down on numerous occasions and the umpire blew a call. I gave you a brief glimpse in the above description. However, always the optimist, I'm convinced better days are ahead. He did manage to touch 100mph on the radar gun in his second inning of work. Perhaps, just maybe, there was a little added frustration in that heater! The Shuckers hit 1-9 with RISP. This continues to be a problem for the team. Brent Diaz managed to knock in his fourth home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. His average has now dipped below .200 on the season but he continues to make meaningful contact: We showcased Garrett Mitchell's speed last night as he scored the winning run on an extremely shallow liner to left field. Here, he hits his second triple of his season and blazes to third. I seriously ponder how fast Garrett could run a 40 yard dash. This young man has some serious get up and go! The series is tied 1-1. Let's just move onto game number three and play some better baseball! Let's go, young men. Keep those chins up, heads high, and unlock your greatness. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally Late But Fall Short in Jacksonville - Brice Turang, Jon Singleton Hit Home Runs in Loss Caleb Boushley took the mound for the Sounds today and gave up two two-run homers in the bottom half of the first. He limited any further damage and pretty much coasted through his four remaining innings. He left his outing after five, having given up a mere five hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Those two homers held for Jacksonville, however, as Caleb left with the Sounds trailing 4-2. The Sounds definitely clawed back into the game and made a hotly contested game of it - something you'd expect and hope for from two Divisional leaders. After tying the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth, Nashville had the bases juiced with two down. Pablo Reyes came to the plate with an opportunity to open a lead but continued his unfortunate struggles and struck out on three pitches. When Pablo is making contact he has simply been unlucky as he's typically been making quite good contact. A strike out on three pitches is not the result he or the Sounds were after. And, so goes the game of baseball. Further Viewing Notes: Brice Turang managed to blast his third home run of his season pulling the Sounds within 4-3. It was a beautiful smooth stroke and booming moonshot over the wall in right field. He looks so much more poised and calm at the plate. Don't just take my word for it. Here's someone much more qualified commenting on Brice: The adjustments Turang has made, in concert with the Sounds and Brewers hitting coaches, have made such a discernible difference. Take a look at this swing: Not to be outdone, Jon Singleton followed suit with his seventh bomb (and first dinger against a lefty!) of his season and it was suddenly a tie ball game at 4-4. Here is your highlight: The view from the ballpark definitely showed what I was seeing. The Home crowd was surprisingly excited: Bedrocks of the Nashville Sounds offensive surge, all season long really, Brice Turang and David Dahl had their eighth and seventh respective multi-hit games on the year. Turang finished his day 3 of 5 with the home run, RBI, and run. David finished 2 of 4 with a run. He is now back above .300 hitting .309 on the season. The David Dahl resurgence is real. He plays a smooth and steady outfield to boot. Uncharacteristic blemished performances from the bullpen sealed the Sounds fate after tying the game in the sixth. In the bottom half of the same sixth inning, Miguel Sanchez gave a run right back with a sequence of self-inflicted harm. A hit batter, a walk, a double play ground ball and it looked like the inning would end. But, Miguel threw a wild pitch to the very next batter and it was 5-4 Jacksonville. Thomas Jankins didn't fair much better in the seventh inning. In one inning pitched, Jankins gave up 3 hits, one walk, and a wild pitch while giving up two earned runs. It was 7-4. The Sounds had a legitimate shot to tie or win the game in the ninth inning. After Brice Turang's routine pop-up between the short stop and a sprinting left fielder somehow found the grass, the Sounds had two men aboard. Keston Hiura then worked a count full and hit a rope shot past a diving third baseman and it was 7-5 with two men on, two out, and Jon Singleton representing the leading run at the plate. The drama ended on a beautiful breaking pitch from Jacksonville (LHP) Robert Garcia as Jon succumbed to his second strike out on the afternoon. Fear not, my friends, we head back to an evening game tomorrow for our Sounds. And, just let this soak in: The Sounds have won every series they have played so far this year. If we trace team the team records all the way back to the last century (1988), this is the first time since at least 1987 the team has won its first five series in a season. Let's make it six! We are actually back to all evening games for the clubs tomorrow. I don't know about you, but I am partial to all evening tilts. Let's hope Nasvhille and Biloxi get some good rest and come out mashing tomorrow night. As always, it's been a pleasure sharing my reports with you. Let's keep rooting for the farm! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depthan View full article
  3. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. If you haven't reviewed the fantastic Brewers Minor League week in review by our own @Seth Stohs (read here), please do so. It will get you situated for the week ahead. As always, we all hope for winning results with a keener eye toward player development and game evolution. Unlike the large amounts of runs given up in the lower levels to close out last week, we began our Minor League Monday with several low-scoring affairs across the board throughout the majority of the contests - though Biloxi's contest ended a wee wonky after a tough error in left field. Let's see how the teams fared overall, knowing leads were lost in the middle innings and late. Transactions: (RHP) Matt Hardy was added to Biloxi from Nashville, (Catcher) Alex Jackson recalled from Triple-A Nashville (Congrats, Alex!) Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina, Down East (Rangers) Postponed Box Score / Game Log - None This game can be summarized by an Eduardo Garcia HBP and an inning-ending double-play ball by Jeferson Quero. With Ryne Moore taking the mound ready to rip, the rains swept in, and the tarps were pulled over the field. This one was postponed, much to my chagrin. They'll pick up this game as an 8 1/2 inning affair, I believe, as a doubleheader this Friday. Stay tuned. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Peoria (Cardinals) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Chiefs Take Series Opener 3-1 - Miller Homers for Wisconsin A Note to Readers: With the Timber Rattlers back on the road, we will miss out on their incredible media coverage during their home games. Please, never take this for granted and indulge when you can. The Timber Rattlers came into this knock with Peoria leading the entire Midwest League in stolen bases with 29. Additionally, their 11-4 start matched organizational best records, through 15 games, of teams in 1998; 1998; and 2005 - all three made the playoffs. Where did I discover these incredible tidbits? The 'Pre-Game Notes' listed above are always worth your while. I can't impart this 'wisdom' enough: We re-hash and give you the bird's eye view of these contests, but the best information comes from the teams themselves. Please dive in and enjoy! The name of the game in this outing for talented left-handed hurler Russell Smith was pounding the zone. Unlike his last start, Russ threw ahead in most counts and pounded that strike zone early and often. Through four efficient innings, Smith had retired eight straight and punched out six to a tune of merely two hits. This is what we were looking for after the struggle in his last outing in miserably cold and windy weather in Appleton. He was aided by two very nice defensive plays from Ethan Murray in the bottom half of inning number two when he stabbed a grounder for a double play and then snagged a hard-hit liner to end the inning. However, by the end of the fifth inning, he ran into his only real trouble of his outing. He surrendered a run on a double and then walked a batter to put runners on first and second with two down. His night was over at 88 total pitches, and the score knotted one. Further Viewing Notes: After Smith left the game in the bottom of the fifth, Zach Mort made the first relief appearance. On a 2-0 pitch, Zach threw a beanball and loaded the bases. As Pete Campbell would opine: "Not great, Bob!" Facing his next batter, with a 2-2 count, he caught too much of the plate on a pitch middle and slightly to the outside portion of the plate and surrendered an opposite-field single: T-Rats trailed 1-3. An unfair ending to Russ's otherwise stellar outing as he inherited those runs. After the original HBP and single given up by Mort, he closed the game going 3 1/3 innings without incurring further damage - a mere two hits and one strikeout in total. Unfortunately, the bats never picked it up for Wisconsin as they did not find a hit in any fashion after that fifth inning. Peoria's Michael McGreevy (18th pick overall 2021 MLB draft, first round) was dealing in this one. He surpassed his recent career-high of 7 strikeouts - set during his last outing - and left after six innings of work with nine punchouts and 93 pitches. Punching out Sal Frelick in consecutive at-bats is always noticeable. A nice outing for the young hurler. Cardinals fans, much to my chagrin (), have to be excited about this young arm - he's living up to his draft status early in 2022. Darrien Miller collected two hits on the day, including his third homer of the young season. It was nice to see him knock the ball around after a recent cold spell at the plate. I don't say his name often, but he has picked it up a bit lately: Ethan Murray. As mentioned above, he had a couple of very nice defensive plays in the bottom of the second to hold onto the Rattlers' lead at the time. He followed that glovework with a hit at the plate in an otherwise sparse offensive day for the club. The Timber Rattlers have now lost two consecutive games. Here's hoping they can get back on track in Game 2 tomorrow! After two straight losses, how about a pick-me-up? Read about Joe Gray Jr's comeback story and how he has overcome adversity to get back on the field. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: you'll be hard-pressed to find a Minor Leaguer easier to root for than this young man. Read the Story Here Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Pensacola (Marlins) 7, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Error Costly in Shuckers 7-4 Defeat - Wiemer Goes for Two Hits, Knocks in 12th Run Get your 'Pre-Series' goods here: Series Pre-Amble After easy three-up and three-down work in the top of the first inning, Andy Otero ran into trouble akin to his most recent start in the top of the second. However, he avoided any damage after the bases were loaded by inducing two strikeouts - including the final whiff by former Shucker Hayden Cantrelle to end the threat. It was 3-0 Shuckers headed to the bottom of the second. If there were a theme for Otero's early season, it would have to be one of hard work. He is working with elevated pitch counts, runners on often as of late, and missing borderline strikes in seemingly every game he makes an appearance, but he often finds a way to keep his team in the game. Hopefully, he can start going deeper into games, however, as he lacks control and rarely gets into the fifth inning. Tonight was a better result: four innings pitched, four hits sprinkled, one walk, and five strikeouts on 79 pitches. I mentioned the 3-0 lead. This was due to the impact of the top of the order coming out of the gates. Hey, it's another Joey Wiemer double! It felt like the floodgates might open. Instead, they locked shut after the first inning. Further Viewing Notes: Ashton McGee continued to struggle at the plate in the early going. Frankly, he looked very comfortable and quite good in his initial outing of the season at Pensacola. However, since returning from that unfortunate game one injury, he has struggled mightily. He struck out in his first two at-bats and saw his average dip below .100. He'll look to find himself and turn it around in future games. I should point out. However, he did crush a rope for his first home run of the season straight out to the right-field wall. That could have been the game-winner if things had gone a wee bit smoother in the top of the ninth. I always love listening to Garrett Greene during the Shucker home game TV broadcasts - he's just fantastic at calling a game and always keeps me interested. However, I can't say the same for the TV feed I consistently get out of Biloxi. It is not easy to watch their games virtually, given a majority 50 feet above home plate bird's eye view of at-bats looking out at a panorama of darn near the entire stadium. Maybe, just maybe, I'm patting myself on the back for being so dedicated. Matt Hardy opened up the top of the fifth in relief of Otero. It's great to see him back healthy after hitting the shelf in 2021. He had appeared earlier in the 2022 season in a single outing at Triple-A Nashville - also scoreless. He could be a staple of the Biloxi bullpen if he happens to stick. However, he has very good stuff that will play in the back end. It would be unsurprising if he were eventually promoted back to Triple-A. Is he here to stay? Or is he just getting work in due to the incredible league-leading bullpen up in Nashville? Arnaldo Hernandez punched out three straight batters to end the sixth inning and start the seventh. His curveball and breaking ball were dialed tonight, and he offset those by keeping his fastball down. This being said, he was facing a red hot Jerar Encarnacion (bat to a 0.500 average in Pensacola's most recent series), and he blasted his sixth home run of the season on a mistake 1-2 pitch well over the left-field wall and into the street tying the game at 3-3 after seven innings. Joey Wiemer stayed hot with a 2-3 night at the plate, including a third time on base with a walk. Let us enjoy a moment of Zen: Speaking of walks, the Shuckers had been given seven free passes after eight innings. Only one of these walked batters came around to score, and the aforementioned Wiemer was picked off first base (the first such episode for a Shucker this young season) and ended the eighth. Untimely everything, it would appear, with free runners aboard the bases. The typically reliable Harold Chirino made his appearance to start the ninth inning and opened with his first walk of his season on four straight pitches. This was only the second walk of the night issued by Shuckers pitchers at that time. Chirino walked his next batter and missed an opportunity for the strikeout punchout as Jakson Reetz threw an absolute bullet nailing the runner stealing second base. Such is the game of baseball - everything is together until it isn't. What a fickle game we love! Let's dive deeper: Having a Major League third baseman manning the hot corner sure helps! With Chirino struggling to locate, he faced a batter looking to sacrifice the runners up the base paths. With the bunt down, Chirino threw a wild and inaccurate throw into the dirt at third, and had Urias not been manning that bag, that ball would have been into foul territory and possibly down the line into the outfield. However, Urias, the adept fielder he is, fielded the hot one-hopper and kept his foot on the bag, grabbing the improbable out. The next batter hit a high chopper to McGee at first base, where the base runner clearly interfered. It was inning over and still 3-3! Following Chirino was the enigmatic Lucas Erceg. He has the stuff to become an electric reliever in crunch-time innings, but his season has been up and down. This is understandable as he is still in the early stages of a transition to the mound, but as the season progresses, we'll want to see more efficiency (one hit and three free passes in 2/3 innings tonight). After this outing, he surrendered six unearned runs in his two outings versus the Wahoos. That's a fairly incredible stat. We'll just pretend we didn't see the fly-out gaffe, Noah Campbell. We'll pretend it was a much harder play than it looked. Because, let me tell you, folks, sometimes errors are what you might call 'bad ones.' With the bases juiced and two down, a loft fly ball found its way to deep left field but was quite playable. Noah parked underneath it. Waited for several seconds. And, well, it bounced elsewhere amidst the audible gasps and yips when he failed to close his glove. All three runs scored, and it was suddenly 3-6 when they should have been safely out of the inning. THANK YOU, Felix Valerio, for an epic snag to end the Wahoo ninth - on behalf of all our Shucker diehards, this one (and several others) are for you! What an over-the-shoulder grab on a blooping liner. I honestly don't know how he caught it. Here's the replay for you if you happened to miss it: One word can describe the Shuckers' recent string of games - in Birmingham and into this home contest - Frustrating. There's no other way to put it. They are losing leads often, and they are simply making too many mistakes in the field. This loss was a hard one for the squad. Let's hope they can come back fresh tomorrow and get back on the winning track! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: St. Paul (Twins) 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Come Up Short, Fall to Saints - Multi-Hit Efforts by David Dahl, Bryce Turang Not Enough in 4-1 Loss Twins Daily Minor League Report (Nashville/St. Paul notes) This game had the makings of a more hotly and tightly played contest than the previous tilts for the Sounds, and, early, it certainly fits that bill. Both teams feature solid pitching and professional at-bats throughout their rosters. It was not to be for Nashville in a brisk affair in Saint Paul just off the 280 turnpike, as they ultimately fell 1-4. Jason Alexander took the rubber for the Sounds looking to build off a string of solid starts. He managed five innings for the club, but he had to work harder than in recent games. He surrendered two runs via seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair. That's too many base runners for a pitcher's liking, but he did limit any real damage while taking his first loss in four starts. Further Viewing Notes: Three straight two-out singles manufactured the Saints' second run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those two-out hits will always sting you, and tonight was no different. The Yin to Biloxi's Yang? The Sounds played nine more innings of errorless baseball. They have not committed an error since April 14 at Gwinnett, a streak of 95 1/3 innings. Biloxi, please take note. I have spoken. This is the way. Brice Turang is dealing at the plate right now. He drove in the only Sounds run off highly effective Saints hurler (RHP) Dereck Rodríguez with a well-hit double. He proceeded to single in the top of the fifth inning (to end Rodríguez's fine outing) - his second hit of the night. He has now hit in 13 of his last 26 plate appearances with three runs, four doubles, 7 RBI, and two walks during the hot streak. Stay hot, young man! David Dahl is also hitting .500 (8-for-16) in his last four games, contributing three runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk in that span. Quite the resurgence of late for David and Bryce! Connor Sadzeck continued his string of scoreless relief work. He's been another rock in the solid Nashville bullpen. Oh yeah, Connor? Hobie Harris has not allowed a run through his first seven outings (7.0 IP). He has eight strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .190 to start the season. Let's go! It's early season, but I think it's fair to say age-old veteran Rex Brothers would like a reset to his season. Every time he enters a game out of the bullpen, it feels like certain walks and likely trouble. Tonight was no different. Walks and wild pitches (plural) and a 1-2 game became 1-4 just like that. Jon Singleton has hit a rough stretch at the plate. He is making contact, for the most part, but he isn't finding success. However, I will not waiver in my steadfast belief in this man. He has all the tools needed to turn things around in a hurry, and I'll be blowing a proverbial horn when he does. Confetti will rain forth at my computer desk, I say! That's a wrap for Tuesday. I'll simply end with: Let's get back to winning baseball! Please, peruse the links below to set yourself up for tomorrow's contests and the organizational depth and stats: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Lynchburg (Guardians) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Perez Hits Go-Ahead Blast in 2-1 Carolina Victory - An Education Day Crowd of 5,652 Watched the Mudcats Defeat the Hillcats 2-1 on Wednesday Carolina breaks up their eight-game 'we always score first' streak but still manages to pull out the victory on the go-ahead home run from Hedbert Perez - his second homer. In these past few games, he has been turning on balls and flipping those feet and hips adeptly. Take a look: 2-1 is the final in Zebulon. Both teams were hitless heading into the third inning, and that's where Ryne Moore experienced the only real challenge of his five-inning outing. After hitting a batter, he threw the ball away in a pick-off attempt to first, and the runner advanced. Following that up with a strikeout, he allowed a run-scoring single off a liner that made its way to left field, glancing off his glove. Those mistakes will make you pay more often than not - a tough pill to swallow, and Carolina trailed 0-1. He did manage to advance that base runner on a balk, and it seemed he might run into more trouble as that runner advanced to third on a steal. He walked the next batter, who also stole second base, but left the inning after inducing a weak grounder directly to the mound. Moore finished his outing going five innings, with the one unearned run, punching out five and allowing only two hits. A fine showing from the young righty. I'm looking forward to his next start. Final Viewing Notes: I mentioned Arbert Cipion's improved approach at the plate this season in recent reports. He showcased this improvement again today by lining a rope triple to the deep right field wall scoring Micah Bello to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth inning. Micah had a fantastic at-bat going ten pitches deep from a 1-2 pitcher's count to draw the walk. Good stuff from both young men. As mentioned in the headliner, it was 'Education Day' at Five County Stadium, and let's give a big round of applause to the vast array of kiddos who stayed the full nine innings! Truly a surprise. I imagine the post-game rounding of the bases for the youngsters may have taken longer than the actual game itself: Let's keep an eye on Hendry Mendez, who took a vicious hit to his head and upper body in a bang-bang double play collision sliding into second base. He was seen writhing in pain, face down in the dirt, for several minutes before turning over and sitting up in a daze. He did manage to walk off the field under his own power, but he left the game and gave way to Oswald Leones, who replaced him in right field. Hats off to the Carolina Bullpen: four innings of professional relief work - only two total hits with one free pass and seven strikeouts. The MVP of the game will have to go to the middle-relief work of Karlos Morales, who came in for two innings of work with four punchouts. In total, he threw 23 pitches for strikes in 32 total pitches. You love to see a young 22-year-old in a promotional setting, achieving success and punching the zone. Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti (who continues a successful transition to the bullpen) also deserve mention here. Both hurlers continued their scoreless efforts of the early season, with Vassalotti, in particular, getting his second save. He looks the part and has the stuff to overpower these Low-A batters. The move to the bullpen is seeing early favorable results. Tripp, if you recall, was picked up as a free agent after the Mets organization released him (drafted 2018) in July of 2021. He is trending in a much better direction since his Brewers promotion to Carolina in August of last year and seems to have gotten off on the right foot in 2022. Could this be the start of a mini-renaissance for the 6'7" 25-year-old who previously experienced middling and frustrating minor league results? He has pitched seven innings with ten punchouts and zero runs with a 0.86 WHIP. I would guess, that if this keeps up, he will see a promotion to High-A this season. I, for one, would love to see it. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 10, Quad City (Royals) 9 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Comes Back from 9-2 Deficit to Beat Quad Cities - Frelick Goes 5-for-5 and Clarke Hits Grand Slam as Rattlers Stun Bandits It was cold and windy, with players in long sleeves covering their faces and the power repeatedly going out in the Timber Rattlers broadcasting booth. It was trending as a bizarre day for the Timber Rattlers and River Bandits from the opening pitch onward. Russ Smith struggled early and often in this one, and his body language spoke to his frustrations - a couple of seeing-eye dribblers and a couple of errors did him no favors. Russ was not a happy camper, and he was not experiencing an ounce of luck to alleviate his location and general pitching struggles. He made it a total of 2 1/3 innings, 60 pitches with only 32 strikes when he gave way to Zach Mort, trailing 2-7 with five of the seven runs earned. Further Viewing Notes: When your young hurler is struggling on the mound, silly errors like the drop by Ernesto Martinez at first base on a soft toss from Smith on a weak check-swing chopper will hurt more times than not. With that runner aboard, the same runner took second base off a high throw from Martinez during a successful pick-off to first, catching the runner leaving early. The next batter launched a 2-run home run over the wall in left field. This was a perfect sequence of plays showcasing the early day's happenings for the Timber Rattlers. Tyler Black and Sal Frelick continue to showcase synergy in the batter's box and base paths. After a lead-off double by Frelick in the bottom of the first, he sped home off a line drive single from the bat of Black. Frelick is an on-base weapon - his speed will play anywhere. Today was when Sal showcased his pre-season #1 Prospect status. More to come... Speaking of the dynamic Sal Frelick, the young man went five of five for the first Timber Rattler to achieve four hits in a game (let alone five) to date in 2022. He is cfouroming into his own offensively and showcasing his talents on the base paths. He actually came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning for a chance to make the record books and go 6 of 6...but the ball didn't bounce his way, so to speak, though it did bounce the way of a walk-off wild pitch. Take a look at his beautiful day at the plate (notice sound off to start...like I said above, a weird day). This young man has talent in spades - he also tallied his fifth stolen base. Electric is the word. Plug him in. It took until the top of the fifth inning for the Rattlers' pitching staff, but Zach Mort got three up and three down to try and change the momentum in Wisconsin's direction. Kudos to the young righty as he came in and held it down for his multiple innings of relief. I always felt Zach's 2021 numbers didn't agree with what I saw from him on the mound. He pitched much better, that is, than the numbers showed. Darrien Miller cooled off a bit for this one. Batting in the clean-up spot as a DH, he swung under nearly every ball he made contact with, including the pop-up to third base that started the downward momentum of inning number one. However, he managed to rope a hard-hit single down the right-field line held in check by the swirling winds. Tristan Peters had a beautiful diving catch in left field to put out Quad Cities' Herard Gonzalez for the second out in the top of the 6th. The ball was tailing toward the line and shallow, but Peters managed to lay out and get the out. When you're finding your way as a team, plays like this make a difference. It wasn't for lack of opportunities as the Timber Rattlers put two men aboard in four separate innings. With none down (twice), one down, and two down. They were struggling to find the timely hit into the middle innings - so it goes in the game of baseball. Thankfully, they had the rally caps in the dugout and managed to start taking advantage. Tyler Gillies made his second appearance of the season in the top of the eighth. Always good to see the young Canadian coming off his well-known cancer recoveries. It's a feel-good story, and we need to embrace these. Tyler was struggling with what appeared to be a finger or blister issue (?) on his throwing hand. He did have a couple of breaking balls well off the plate, including a wild pitch to the backstop on one that fourgot away. This will potentially be something to track in the coming days. Wes Clarke hit an absolute no-doubter grand salami bomb over the wall in left-center with the bases juiced in the bottom of the seventh. Thank You, Wes! I was beginning to ponder what I was doing watching the cold and windy misery in Appleton - 11 hits and only two runs to show for it at the time - and I was beginning to wonder if the young Rattlers could knock men in with two or more on as it was the fourth such scenario in the game. It was a key hit, and it made things interesting heading to the eighth inning. Our very own @TURBO was in attendance for this one, and, it is rumored, he was wearing a tee-shirt and shorts. The winds were swirling and unforgiving in this one. Frelick lost a routine fly ball - the lone 'hit' (scored a double) given up by James Meeker in the top of the ninth - in the swirling winds as it tailed away from him in a hurry. Zavier Warren's double in the bottom of the same frame sped past the River Bandits' centerfielder for a double just off the tip of his outstretched glove in straightaway center. For good measure, I saw the impacts of this same uninviting and disruptive arctic front walk-offsw.hAfter the @TimberRattlers 10-9 win on Wednesday, there was a lot to talk aboute.n shingles flew off my house's roof and poly panels on my greenhouse were sent flying to an undisclosed location this past week. Not a force to be reckoned with! Yeesh! Walk-off wild pitch? We don't mind it one little bit: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham 6 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally Comes Up Short in 6-5 Loss to Barons - Wiemer Records Three Hits for Shuckers Starting game number two of a six-game series, typically reliable Andy Otero took the mound for the Shuckers amidst several batting order adjustments for the Brewers' Double-A club. After the Shuckers managed two runs to start the tilt on a Brent Diaz two-run single (plating Mitchell and Wiemer), Otero gave up three hits to start his first inning. The first two of these were legitimate well-hit ropes into left-center field, but after a weak hit chopper in front of catcher Brent Diaz, the first base umpire missed a clear out on a bang-bang play down the first baseline. This missed call mattered as the runner stole second (Birmingham's first successful steal on the season). The runner, scored when the next batter found second base after a throwing error by typically spot-on and reliable Cam Devanney. The throw bounced past Thomas Dillard on what was another weakly hit chopper. One might question whether Joey Wiemer should have been there backing up Dillard, but this is precisely how the ball is bouncing for the Shuckers these past two nights. Otero left the inning by striking out the next batter, but it was already knotted back at 2-2. This was a sign of the game to come. Further Viewing Notes: Is Joey Wiemer heating up? He ended last night's game with a double, and through two at-bats early, he had another double, a single, two runs, and a stolen base. A sight for sore eyes as the self-proclaimed number one Wiemer Fan Boy. Joey made things exciting when he ripped a single up the middle of the infield in the top of the ninth. More below. Props are due for Otero, who gathered himself for a clean inning - three up and three down, including a punch out - to keep the game level through three innings and still only 55 pitches. He managed to battle his way through five, conceding only the four runs - three earned - on the evening while allowing a rather lofty ten total hits and one free pass. Not efficient. Not pretty. But, he kept his bullpen fresh and his team in the game. Last night's Shuckers vs. Barons contest lasted two hours and 21 minutes. Tonight's affair was quite different, Shuckers' with runners on in most innings, deep counts, and a 4-4 game headed into the fourth. It isn't just a pitch clock that keeps game times down, as several other factors have to align to meet those low marks. This one felt like a slog...boy did it ever. I was highly impressed with Birmingham's lefty curveball specialist (and former Kansas City Royal fourth-rounder), Garrett Davila. This now 25-year-old lefty has a nasty sweeping curve that must be a nightmare for left-handed batters when it is on like it was this evening. I think the three up and three down strikeout crew of Holt, Mitchell, and Wiemer would agree (though, at least Joey worked to a complete nine-pitch count). When the Shuckers field is ugly, the Shuckers field is ugly. A slow-rolling routine grounder left of second base and, in the hole, unfairly put two on for Luis Contreras in the bottom of the sixth. It would have and absolutely could have been the end of the inning - at the very least, a force out at second base for two down. But, the inexplicably extremely inconsistent Freddy Zamora fielded it poorly and then tossed an absolute flub dribbler on the ground to Gabe Holt. The latter showed little urgency in retrieving the ball. It was almost as if the entire play happened in slow motion. This one had to have driven the skipper, Mike Guerrero, a tad crazy. Luis struck out the next batter but, on a 1-2 pitcher's count, threw a very wild pitch to the backstop advancing the runners to second and third. With the count 2-2, the same batter ripped a single to right field, scoring both runners, and, just like that, it was 4-6. Biloxi was down. In sports, as in life, it's the little things. And, (coughs) Mr. Scorer: that was an E6, not two earned runs for Contreras, whose ERA will suffer. Lucas Erceg pitched his first scoreless inning tonight to close the eighth. Well done, Lucas. Let's hope for more of that in future contests. A fitting end to this game was the bases loaded ending to close the game: Trailing 4-6 and red hot Joey Wiemer at the plate, he scorched a single up the middle of the infield. One runner in but a controversial call at the plate saw home plate umpire Ben Fernandez tossing Mike Guerrero and Gabe Holt back to the lockers - both vehemently argued the call. The generally cold-hitting 2022 Thomas Dillard proceeded to go down looking on four pitches, watching strike two and strike three breezes over the center-cut of the outer half of the plate. Mitchell and Wiemer were left stranded on third and second base, respectively; the Shuckers fell 5-6, giving up 15 hits. They are now 8-3 on the season. Though the Shuckers came roaring out of the gates to start the season, grabbing an impressive 8-0 record, they are not playing good baseball in their most recent outings. Sloppy defensive miscues, a potential lack of urgency in critical moments, and poor strikeout numbers are ugly. Let's hope they can find some balance and focus and play better games ahead as they look to finish their six-game series in Birmingham with four remaining games. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Charlotte(White Sox) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Take Down Charlotte for Fourth Straight Win - Scoreless Inning Streak Comes to an End at 31 2/3 innings, Sounds Cruise 8-1 Sinker baller Jason Alexander took the mound for the Sounds hoping to keep the scoreless innings going for the Nashville, and through one three-up and three-down inning, he certainly did (two flyouts and a weak ground out first base side). The Sounds went to work offensively right off the bat with a well-hit double to left field by lead-off man Garrett Whitley who ultimately advanced to third on a chopper to second base by Bryce Turang. After a full-count walk taken by red hot Tyler White, Jon Singleton came to the plate and lined a well-hit fly ball to right field, and, with Whitley tagging, it was 1-0. Alexander was dialed through four innings with a mere one hit and many a ground ball, Final Viewing Notes: Let's recognize 'game': Blake Rutherford (LF) of Charlotte has hit safely in 10 of his last 15 trips. That is quite the hot streak - including two opposite-field singles to get things going for the Knights in the early going. I do not know if you will find a better bullpen in all of Triple-A baseball. The Sounds are legitimately trotting out an MLB-level bullpen every night in those crucial make-or-break innings. Tonight, we watched Luke Barker, J.C. Mejia, and Miguel Sanchez eat lunch. Six strikeouts total and zero runs across home plate over four beautiful and efficient innings. What more is there to say? This pitching staff is on another level - a true joy to watch. Corey Ray broke the 1-0 game open with this bases-clearing triple to deep right-center field in the bottom of the fourth. Way to go, Corey! David Dahl, Tyler White, Garett Whitley, and Bryce Turang had multi-hit evenings. The Sounds batters are starting to put solid at-bats together up and down the line-up. Dahl and White, in particular, are suddenly very hot. While the scoreless innings streak came to an end a mere five innings short of the 2003 Sounds record, another flawless streak came to an end as well on this beautiful Nashville evening: Bryce Turang was caught stealing in the sixth inning, knocking the Sounds record to 17 of 18 successful stolen base attempts on the season. Perhaps, we should be talking about Garrett Whitley more: He has appeared on base in all ten contests he has played in. It's beginning to be an embarrassment of riches down in Nashville. This is an excellent problem, but Garrett deserves some recognition for his steady, smooth play and picking it up at the plate. The Sounds improve to 10-4 overall and are now tied atop the West Division of the International League with Columbus. *** That is a wrap for our organizational matinee and night games. All in all, we should be pretty content with winning baseball across all levels. It might not always be pretty, well, Nashville might protest this assertion, but it is mostly winning Brewers organizational baseball. And, that, my friends, is always a plus. Please peruse tomorrow's docket of games and organizational stats across the board: Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  6. Carolina doesn't always score first, but they can still pull out a victory when they fail. Big lefty Russ Smith experiences a rough and frustrating outing in Appleton's wild n' wooly, cold and windy, thrilling comeback affair. Biloxi scuffles and struggles but nearly pulls one out in a long slog for a game. And Nashville does Nashville things scoring many more runs than their opponents. Let's get into the recaps! Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Lynchburg (Guardians) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Perez Hits Go-Ahead Blast in 2-1 Carolina Victory - An Education Day Crowd of 5,652 Watched the Mudcats Defeat the Hillcats 2-1 on Wednesday Carolina breaks up their eight-game 'we always score first' streak but still manages to pull out the victory on the go-ahead home run from Hedbert Perez - his second homer. In these past few games, he has been turning on balls and flipping those feet and hips adeptly. Take a look: 2-1 is the final in Zebulon. Both teams were hitless heading into the third inning, and that's where Ryne Moore experienced the only real challenge of his five-inning outing. After hitting a batter, he threw the ball away in a pick-off attempt to first, and the runner advanced. Following that up with a strikeout, he allowed a run-scoring single off a liner that made its way to left field, glancing off his glove. Those mistakes will make you pay more often than not - a tough pill to swallow, and Carolina trailed 0-1. He did manage to advance that base runner on a balk, and it seemed he might run into more trouble as that runner advanced to third on a steal. He walked the next batter, who also stole second base, but left the inning after inducing a weak grounder directly to the mound. Moore finished his outing going five innings, with the one unearned run, punching out five and allowing only two hits. A fine showing from the young righty. I'm looking forward to his next start. Final Viewing Notes: I mentioned Arbert Cipion's improved approach at the plate this season in recent reports. He showcased this improvement again today by lining a rope triple to the deep right field wall scoring Micah Bello to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth inning. Micah had a fantastic at-bat going ten pitches deep from a 1-2 pitcher's count to draw the walk. Good stuff from both young men. As mentioned in the headliner, it was 'Education Day' at Five County Stadium, and let's give a big round of applause to the vast array of kiddos who stayed the full nine innings! Truly a surprise. I imagine the post-game rounding of the bases for the youngsters may have taken longer than the actual game itself: Let's keep an eye on Hendry Mendez, who took a vicious hit to his head and upper body in a bang-bang double play collision sliding into second base. He was seen writhing in pain, face down in the dirt, for several minutes before turning over and sitting up in a daze. He did manage to walk off the field under his own power, but he left the game and gave way to Oswald Leones, who replaced him in right field. Hats off to the Carolina Bullpen: four innings of professional relief work - only two total hits with one free pass and seven strikeouts. The MVP of the game will have to go to the middle-relief work of Karlos Morales, who came in for two innings of work with four punchouts. In total, he threw 23 pitches for strikes in 32 total pitches. You love to see a young 22-year-old in a promotional setting, achieving success and punching the zone. Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti (who continues a successful transition to the bullpen) also deserve mention here. Both hurlers continued their scoreless efforts of the early season, with Vassalotti, in particular, getting his second save. He looks the part and has the stuff to overpower these Low-A batters. The move to the bullpen is seeing early favorable results. Tripp, if you recall, was picked up as a free agent after the Mets organization released him (drafted 2018) in July of 2021. He is trending in a much better direction since his Brewers promotion to Carolina in August of last year and seems to have gotten off on the right foot in 2022. Could this be the start of a mini-renaissance for the 6'7" 25-year-old who previously experienced middling and frustrating minor league results? He has pitched seven innings with ten punchouts and zero runs with a 0.86 WHIP. I would guess, that if this keeps up, he will see a promotion to High-A this season. I, for one, would love to see it. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 10, Quad City (Royals) 9 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Comes Back from 9-2 Deficit to Beat Quad Cities - Frelick Goes 5-for-5 and Clarke Hits Grand Slam as Rattlers Stun Bandits It was cold and windy, with players in long sleeves covering their faces and the power repeatedly going out in the Timber Rattlers broadcasting booth. It was trending as a bizarre day for the Timber Rattlers and River Bandits from the opening pitch onward. Russ Smith struggled early and often in this one, and his body language spoke to his frustrations - a couple of seeing-eye dribblers and a couple of errors did him no favors. Russ was not a happy camper, and he was not experiencing an ounce of luck to alleviate his location and general pitching struggles. He made it a total of 2 1/3 innings, 60 pitches with only 32 strikes when he gave way to Zach Mort, trailing 2-7 with five of the seven runs earned. Further Viewing Notes: When your young hurler is struggling on the mound, silly errors like the drop by Ernesto Martinez at first base on a soft toss from Smith on a weak check-swing chopper will hurt more times than not. With that runner aboard, the same runner took second base off a high throw from Martinez during a successful pick-off to first, catching the runner leaving early. The next batter launched a 2-run home run over the wall in left field. This was a perfect sequence of plays showcasing the early day's happenings for the Timber Rattlers. Tyler Black and Sal Frelick continue to showcase synergy in the batter's box and base paths. After a lead-off double by Frelick in the bottom of the first, he sped home off a line drive single from the bat of Black. Frelick is an on-base weapon - his speed will play anywhere. Today was when Sal showcased his pre-season #1 Prospect status. More to come... Speaking of the dynamic Sal Frelick, the young man went five of five for the first Timber Rattler to achieve four hits in a game (let alone five) to date in 2022. He is cfouroming into his own offensively and showcasing his talents on the base paths. He actually came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning for a chance to make the record books and go 6 of 6...but the ball didn't bounce his way, so to speak, though it did bounce the way of a walk-off wild pitch. Take a look at his beautiful day at the plate (notice sound off to start...like I said above, a weird day). This young man has talent in spades - he also tallied his fifth stolen base. Electric is the word. Plug him in. It took until the top of the fifth inning for the Rattlers' pitching staff, but Zach Mort got three up and three down to try and change the momentum in Wisconsin's direction. Kudos to the young righty as he came in and held it down for his multiple innings of relief. I always felt Zach's 2021 numbers didn't agree with what I saw from him on the mound. He pitched much better, that is, than the numbers showed. Darrien Miller cooled off a bit for this one. Batting in the clean-up spot as a DH, he swung under nearly every ball he made contact with, including the pop-up to third base that started the downward momentum of inning number one. However, he managed to rope a hard-hit single down the right-field line held in check by the swirling winds. Tristan Peters had a beautiful diving catch in left field to put out Quad Cities' Herard Gonzalez for the second out in the top of the 6th. The ball was tailing toward the line and shallow, but Peters managed to lay out and get the out. When you're finding your way as a team, plays like this make a difference. It wasn't for lack of opportunities as the Timber Rattlers put two men aboard in four separate innings. With none down (twice), one down, and two down. They were struggling to find the timely hit into the middle innings - so it goes in the game of baseball. Thankfully, they had the rally caps in the dugout and managed to start taking advantage. Tyler Gillies made his second appearance of the season in the top of the eighth. Always good to see the young Canadian coming off his well-known cancer recoveries. It's a feel-good story, and we need to embrace these. Tyler was struggling with what appeared to be a finger or blister issue (?) on his throwing hand. He did have a couple of breaking balls well off the plate, including a wild pitch to the backstop on one that fourgot away. This will potentially be something to track in the coming days. Wes Clarke hit an absolute no-doubter grand salami bomb over the wall in left-center with the bases juiced in the bottom of the seventh. Thank You, Wes! I was beginning to ponder what I was doing watching the cold and windy misery in Appleton - 11 hits and only two runs to show for it at the time - and I was beginning to wonder if the young Rattlers could knock men in with two or more on as it was the fourth such scenario in the game. It was a key hit, and it made things interesting heading to the eighth inning. Our very own @TURBO was in attendance for this one, and, it is rumored, he was wearing a tee-shirt and shorts. The winds were swirling and unforgiving in this one. Frelick lost a routine fly ball - the lone 'hit' (scored a double) given up by James Meeker in the top of the ninth - in the swirling winds as it tailed away from him in a hurry. Zavier Warren's double in the bottom of the same frame sped past the River Bandits' centerfielder for a double just off the tip of his outstretched glove in straightaway center. For good measure, I saw the impacts of this same uninviting and disruptive arctic front walk-offsw.hAfter the @TimberRattlers 10-9 win on Wednesday, there was a lot to talk aboute.n shingles flew off my house's roof and poly panels on my greenhouse were sent flying to an undisclosed location this past week. Not a force to be reckoned with! Yeesh! Walk-off wild pitch? We don't mind it one little bit: *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham 6 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally Comes Up Short in 6-5 Loss to Barons - Wiemer Records Three Hits for Shuckers Starting game number two of a six-game series, typically reliable Andy Otero took the mound for the Shuckers amidst several batting order adjustments for the Brewers' Double-A club. After the Shuckers managed two runs to start the tilt on a Brent Diaz two-run single (plating Mitchell and Wiemer), Otero gave up three hits to start his first inning. The first two of these were legitimate well-hit ropes into left-center field, but after a weak hit chopper in front of catcher Brent Diaz, the first base umpire missed a clear out on a bang-bang play down the first baseline. This missed call mattered as the runner stole second (Birmingham's first successful steal on the season). The runner, scored when the next batter found second base after a throwing error by typically spot-on and reliable Cam Devanney. The throw bounced past Thomas Dillard on what was another weakly hit chopper. One might question whether Joey Wiemer should have been there backing up Dillard, but this is precisely how the ball is bouncing for the Shuckers these past two nights. Otero left the inning by striking out the next batter, but it was already knotted back at 2-2. This was a sign of the game to come. Further Viewing Notes: Is Joey Wiemer heating up? He ended last night's game with a double, and through two at-bats early, he had another double, a single, two runs, and a stolen base. A sight for sore eyes as the self-proclaimed number one Wiemer Fan Boy. Joey made things exciting when he ripped a single up the middle of the infield in the top of the ninth. More below. Props are due for Otero, who gathered himself for a clean inning - three up and three down, including a punch out - to keep the game level through three innings and still only 55 pitches. He managed to battle his way through five, conceding only the four runs - three earned - on the evening while allowing a rather lofty ten total hits and one free pass. Not efficient. Not pretty. But, he kept his bullpen fresh and his team in the game. Last night's Shuckers vs. Barons contest lasted two hours and 21 minutes. Tonight's affair was quite different, Shuckers' with runners on in most innings, deep counts, and a 4-4 game headed into the fourth. It isn't just a pitch clock that keeps game times down, as several other factors have to align to meet those low marks. This one felt like a slog...boy did it ever. I was highly impressed with Birmingham's lefty curveball specialist (and former Kansas City Royal fourth-rounder), Garrett Davila. This now 25-year-old lefty has a nasty sweeping curve that must be a nightmare for left-handed batters when it is on like it was this evening. I think the three up and three down strikeout crew of Holt, Mitchell, and Wiemer would agree (though, at least Joey worked to a complete nine-pitch count). When the Shuckers field is ugly, the Shuckers field is ugly. A slow-rolling routine grounder left of second base and, in the hole, unfairly put two on for Luis Contreras in the bottom of the sixth. It would have and absolutely could have been the end of the inning - at the very least, a force out at second base for two down. But, the inexplicably extremely inconsistent Freddy Zamora fielded it poorly and then tossed an absolute flub dribbler on the ground to Gabe Holt. The latter showed little urgency in retrieving the ball. It was almost as if the entire play happened in slow motion. This one had to have driven the skipper, Mike Guerrero, a tad crazy. Luis struck out the next batter but, on a 1-2 pitcher's count, threw a very wild pitch to the backstop advancing the runners to second and third. With the count 2-2, the same batter ripped a single to right field, scoring both runners, and, just like that, it was 4-6. Biloxi was down. In sports, as in life, it's the little things. And, (coughs) Mr. Scorer: that was an E6, not two earned runs for Contreras, whose ERA will suffer. Lucas Erceg pitched his first scoreless inning tonight to close the eighth. Well done, Lucas. Let's hope for more of that in future contests. A fitting end to this game was the bases loaded ending to close the game: Trailing 4-6 and red hot Joey Wiemer at the plate, he scorched a single up the middle of the infield. One runner in but a controversial call at the plate saw home plate umpire Ben Fernandez tossing Mike Guerrero and Gabe Holt back to the lockers - both vehemently argued the call. The generally cold-hitting 2022 Thomas Dillard proceeded to go down looking on four pitches, watching strike two and strike three breezes over the center-cut of the outer half of the plate. Mitchell and Wiemer were left stranded on third and second base, respectively; the Shuckers fell 5-6, giving up 15 hits. They are now 8-3 on the season. Though the Shuckers came roaring out of the gates to start the season, grabbing an impressive 8-0 record, they are not playing good baseball in their most recent outings. Sloppy defensive miscues, a potential lack of urgency in critical moments, and poor strikeout numbers are ugly. Let's hope they can find some balance and focus and play better games ahead as they look to finish their six-game series in Birmingham with four remaining games. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 8, Charlotte(White Sox) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Take Down Charlotte for Fourth Straight Win - Scoreless Inning Streak Comes to an End at 31 2/3 innings, Sounds Cruise 8-1 Sinker baller Jason Alexander took the mound for the Sounds hoping to keep the scoreless innings going for the Nashville, and through one three-up and three-down inning, he certainly did (two flyouts and a weak ground out first base side). The Sounds went to work offensively right off the bat with a well-hit double to left field by lead-off man Garrett Whitley who ultimately advanced to third on a chopper to second base by Bryce Turang. After a full-count walk taken by red hot Tyler White, Jon Singleton came to the plate and lined a well-hit fly ball to right field, and, with Whitley tagging, it was 1-0. Alexander was dialed through four innings with a mere one hit and many a ground ball, Final Viewing Notes: Let's recognize 'game': Blake Rutherford (LF) of Charlotte has hit safely in 10 of his last 15 trips. That is quite the hot streak - including two opposite-field singles to get things going for the Knights in the early going. I do not know if you will find a better bullpen in all of Triple-A baseball. The Sounds are legitimately trotting out an MLB-level bullpen every night in those crucial make-or-break innings. Tonight, we watched Luke Barker, J.C. Mejia, and Miguel Sanchez eat lunch. Six strikeouts total and zero runs across home plate over four beautiful and efficient innings. What more is there to say? This pitching staff is on another level - a true joy to watch. Corey Ray broke the 1-0 game open with this bases-clearing triple to deep right-center field in the bottom of the fourth. Way to go, Corey! David Dahl, Tyler White, Garett Whitley, and Bryce Turang had multi-hit evenings. The Sounds batters are starting to put solid at-bats together up and down the line-up. Dahl and White, in particular, are suddenly very hot. While the scoreless innings streak came to an end a mere five innings short of the 2003 Sounds record, another flawless streak came to an end as well on this beautiful Nashville evening: Bryce Turang was caught stealing in the sixth inning, knocking the Sounds record to 17 of 18 successful stolen base attempts on the season. Perhaps, we should be talking about Garrett Whitley more: He has appeared on base in all ten contests he has played in. It's beginning to be an embarrassment of riches down in Nashville. This is an excellent problem, but Garrett deserves some recognition for his steady, smooth play and picking it up at the plate. The Sounds improve to 10-4 overall and are now tied atop the West Division of the International League with Columbus. *** That is a wrap for our organizational matinee and night games. All in all, we should be pretty content with winning baseball across all levels. It might not always be pretty, well, Nashville might protest this assertion, but it is mostly winning Brewers organizational baseball. And, that, my friends, is always a plus. Please peruse tomorrow's docket of games and organizational stats across the board: Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  7. From sadness that .395-hitting (in AA in 1987) LaVel Freeman never became an MLB regular to anger at the 1995 release of AL Rookie of the Month Troy O’Leary and frustration at the 2013-14 failure to promote .328-hitting Eugenio Velez to allow the poor man to break his 0-for-46 MLB hitless streak, some of us spend a disproportionate amount of time pulling for Brewers’ fringe players (and Curtis Pride, but that was a more fulfilling story). But if there’s a charity case today, it’s the Brewers’ woeful offense, not our crop of “AAAA” veterans we have playing in Nashville. Here’s how that Brewer offense stacks up after nine games: 25th in OPS (.618) 28th in runs per game (2.78) 29th in home runs per game (0.56) With at least one open 40-man MLB roster spot, 15-person pitching staff, and optionable position players like Mike Brosseau and Keston Hiura, why not roll the dice on two or three of our hottest hitters in AAA? Remember, these are non-roster guys who actually played a full spring training and are now into grooves that might benefit our slumping offense. Without further ado, here are the top five early-season Sounds hitters that are just a phone call away from flying to Milwaukee to bolster the parent squad: David Dahl – OF – Left-Handed Hitter – 28 years old Are you tired of seeing the Brewers send out two right-handed hitting outfielders against opposing right-handed starters? Have you already given up hope of Hunter Renfroe coming through in the clutch against an opposing righty? Former Colorado Rockies’ 2019 All-Star outfielder David Dahl may be the man for you. Despite a Covid-disaster 2020 in Colorado (.470 OPS in 99 PAs) and similarly disappointing 2021 in Texas, Fanatic excitement around Dahl grew steadily with his August 2021 signing and .911 OPS in AAA Nashville, ultimately peaking with the December trade of fellow left-handed hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. With only one left-handed outfield bat (Yelich) remaining in an ocean of righties (Renfroe, Cain, McCutchen, Taylor), Dahl entered spring training with at least a chance to earn an MLB roster spot. Of course, such roster spots are not served on a silver platter, and while Hiura and Tyrone Taylor starred in 2022 spring training, Dahl put together a dismal .538 OPS in 16 plate appearances. But c’mon, the man just needed to shake off some rust. After a 2-for-19 start to the AAA season with no extra-base hits or RBIs, he’s 6-for-12 in his last three games, with two home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. Mr. Dahl’s 2022 OPS in AAA is now up to a solid .808, and he’s ready to contribute on the big stage. Weston Wilson – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old The always-good, never-great 2016 17th round draft pick Wilson never seemed to make any prospect lists but consistently progressed nonetheless: 2016 - .887 OPS at Advanced Rookie Helena 2017 - .842 OPS at Low-A Wisconsin 2018 - .777 OPS at High-A Carolina 2019 - .739 OPS at AA Biloxi Then after the lost 2020 season, Wilson stepped into AAA Nashville in 2021 and showed more power than expected: 16 home runs in 246 plate appearances, with a .902 OPS before having his season cut short in early August due to thoracic outlet syndrome. With his consistent production, burgeoning power, and ability to play all over the field (2021: 20 starts at first base, 11 at shortstop, eight at second base, eight in the outfield, six at third base), some of us wondered whether an MLB club would take a flyer on Wilson in the offseason Rule 5 draft. But that draft was canceled for the first time since 1891. How’s Mr. Wilson performing through his first eight games at AAA Nashville this year?: .375 AVG / .464 OBP / .583 SLG through 28 plate appearances 9-for-24 with one home run and two doubles eight runs scored and 6 RBIs four walks vs. six strikeouts five starts at third base, one at second base, one at first base Whether it’s a Mike Brosseau swap or replacing Keston Hiura with a right-handed-hitting utility player (who hits better than Pablo Reyes), Weston Wilson is fully prepped to help the Brewers immediately. Jon Singleton – 1B – Left-Handed Hitter – 30 years old While perhaps not on the level of the remarkable comebacks of Josh Hamilton, Rick Ankiel, and Darryl Strawberry, a return to the majors for Jon Singleton would undoubtedly garner a solid bit of media attention. A former can’t-miss prospect who reportedly signed the first-ever extension by a drafted prospect with no major league service time (guaranteed $10 million, up to $35 million five year contract with the Astros in June 2014), Singleton made his major league debut as a 22-year old shortly after that, mashing 13 home runs over the remainder of that season. However, despite a solid 2015 in AAA, he struggled in his MLB opportunities, hitting .192 with one home run in 58 plate appearances, and was remarkably outrighted by November 2016, suspended 100 games in January 2018 for a third positive drug test (the first two were for marijuana in 2012) and released in May 2018. Singleton’s last organized baseball game was on September 4, 2017, before playing for Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League on June 8, 2021. Oh, how’d he perform en La Ciudad de Mexico? He posted a 1.196 OPS with 15 home runs in 137 at-bats, with 51 walks and 50 strikeouts. Wowsers! So much for easing back into it! The Brewers signed Singleton in December 2021, and he’s been an immediate success in AAA Nashville, producing a .859 OPS over his first 38 plate appearances, including two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and six RBIs. Though he’s only drawn three walks against ten strikeouts thus far, this likely isn’t a concern if you look at his terrific BB/K ratios from 2014-2017 and 2021. Could Mr. Singleton be the instant offense that the Brewers require? Or would it be impossible to pair him with left-handed-hitting Rowdy Tellez, forcing either Andrew McCutchen or Renfroe to the bench? Tyler White – 1B – Right-Handed Hitter – 31 years old As Jon Singleton faded out of Houston’s plans, Tyler White tried to step into the void. A 33rd-round pick in 2013, White efficiently worked his way to the big leagues, having his contract selected in April 2016 and hitting eight home runs in 276 plate appearances that season. After limited MLB action in 2017, White returned in a big way in 2018, putting up a 140+ OPS in 237 plate appearances, with 12 home runs. Unfortunately for him, he disappointed in 2019, was designated for assignment in June, and struggled with the Dodgers as well, being outrighted in February 2020. White regained his form at AAA Buffalo in 2021, with a .292 AVG / .424 OBP / .476 SLG in 353 plate appearances, including 13 home runs, 80 walks, and only 73 strikeouts, but didn’t get the promotion to the Blue Jays. Though his 2022 start has not been other-worldly (.211 AVG / .375 OBP / .579 SLG in 24 plate appearances), perhaps Mr. White is the right-handed hitting platoon partner that the Brewers need at first base if Keston Hiura can’t quite put it together yet. Mark Mathias – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old I admit I was baffled when the Brewers traded a catching prospect and gave a 40-man roster spot in November 2019 to a 25-year infielder who’d only posted one encouraging OPS in his previous three seasons. But of course, the “In Stearns We Trust” motto runs deep, so I didn’t doubt the move. Mathias then appeared to be a serviceable utility man for Craig Counsell’s 2020 squad, though in limited action (16 games, 36 plate appearances, mainly in the outfield) and was poised for a potentially bigger role in 2021 before a March shoulder injury shelved him for the entire season. Designated for assignment in November 2021 and not claimed by any other club, Mr. Mathias is now doing his best to remind Brewers’ brass of why they grabbed him in the first place, with an early season .350 AVG / .435 OPS / .550 SLG through 23 plate appearances, all in the infield. While Mathias doesn’t offer the pop of Weston Wilson, could his prior MLB experience playing for Manager Counsell give him a selection advantage What do you think? Who should be the first position player called up to Milwaukee from our minors system in 2022?
  8. If the Brewers are looking for instant offense, they’re in luck. Five veteran players at AAA Nashville have broken out as top early-season performers, ready to step up and produce in Milwaukee. From sadness that .395-hitting (in AA in 1987) LaVel Freeman never became an MLB regular to anger at the 1995 release of AL Rookie of the Month Troy O’Leary and frustration at the 2013-14 failure to promote .328-hitting Eugenio Velez to allow the poor man to break his 0-for-46 MLB hitless streak, some of us spend a disproportionate amount of time pulling for Brewers’ fringe players (and Curtis Pride, but that was a more fulfilling story). But if there’s a charity case today, it’s the Brewers’ woeful offense, not our crop of “AAAA” veterans we have playing in Nashville. Here’s how that Brewer offense stacks up after nine games: 25th in OPS (.618) 28th in runs per game (2.78) 29th in home runs per game (0.56) With at least one open 40-man MLB roster spot, 15-person pitching staff, and optionable position players like Mike Brosseau and Keston Hiura, why not roll the dice on two or three of our hottest hitters in AAA? Remember, these are non-roster guys who actually played a full spring training and are now into grooves that might benefit our slumping offense. Without further ado, here are the top five early-season Sounds hitters that are just a phone call away from flying to Milwaukee to bolster the parent squad: David Dahl – OF – Left-Handed Hitter – 28 years old Are you tired of seeing the Brewers send out two right-handed hitting outfielders against opposing right-handed starters? Have you already given up hope of Hunter Renfroe coming through in the clutch against an opposing righty? Former Colorado Rockies’ 2019 All-Star outfielder David Dahl may be the man for you. Despite a Covid-disaster 2020 in Colorado (.470 OPS in 99 PAs) and similarly disappointing 2021 in Texas, Fanatic excitement around Dahl grew steadily with his August 2021 signing and .911 OPS in AAA Nashville, ultimately peaking with the December trade of fellow left-handed hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. With only one left-handed outfield bat (Yelich) remaining in an ocean of righties (Renfroe, Cain, McCutchen, Taylor), Dahl entered spring training with at least a chance to earn an MLB roster spot. Of course, such roster spots are not served on a silver platter, and while Hiura and Tyrone Taylor starred in 2022 spring training, Dahl put together a dismal .538 OPS in 16 plate appearances. But c’mon, the man just needed to shake off some rust. After a 2-for-19 start to the AAA season with no extra-base hits or RBIs, he’s 6-for-12 in his last three games, with two home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. Mr. Dahl’s 2022 OPS in AAA is now up to a solid .808, and he’s ready to contribute on the big stage. Weston Wilson – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old The always-good, never-great 2016 17th round draft pick Wilson never seemed to make any prospect lists but consistently progressed nonetheless: 2016 - .887 OPS at Advanced Rookie Helena 2017 - .842 OPS at Low-A Wisconsin 2018 - .777 OPS at High-A Carolina 2019 - .739 OPS at AA Biloxi Then after the lost 2020 season, Wilson stepped into AAA Nashville in 2021 and showed more power than expected: 16 home runs in 246 plate appearances, with a .902 OPS before having his season cut short in early August due to thoracic outlet syndrome. With his consistent production, burgeoning power, and ability to play all over the field (2021: 20 starts at first base, 11 at shortstop, eight at second base, eight in the outfield, six at third base), some of us wondered whether an MLB club would take a flyer on Wilson in the offseason Rule 5 draft. But that draft was canceled for the first time since 1891. How’s Mr. Wilson performing through his first eight games at AAA Nashville this year?: .375 AVG / .464 OBP / .583 SLG through 28 plate appearances 9-for-24 with one home run and two doubles eight runs scored and 6 RBIs four walks vs. six strikeouts five starts at third base, one at second base, one at first base Whether it’s a Mike Brosseau swap or replacing Keston Hiura with a right-handed-hitting utility player (who hits better than Pablo Reyes), Weston Wilson is fully prepped to help the Brewers immediately. Jon Singleton – 1B – Left-Handed Hitter – 30 years old While perhaps not on the level of the remarkable comebacks of Josh Hamilton, Rick Ankiel, and Darryl Strawberry, a return to the majors for Jon Singleton would undoubtedly garner a solid bit of media attention. A former can’t-miss prospect who reportedly signed the first-ever extension by a drafted prospect with no major league service time (guaranteed $10 million, up to $35 million five year contract with the Astros in June 2014), Singleton made his major league debut as a 22-year old shortly after that, mashing 13 home runs over the remainder of that season. However, despite a solid 2015 in AAA, he struggled in his MLB opportunities, hitting .192 with one home run in 58 plate appearances, and was remarkably outrighted by November 2016, suspended 100 games in January 2018 for a third positive drug test (the first two were for marijuana in 2012) and released in May 2018. Singleton’s last organized baseball game was on September 4, 2017, before playing for Diablos Rojos del Mexico in the Mexican League on June 8, 2021. Oh, how’d he perform en La Ciudad de Mexico? He posted a 1.196 OPS with 15 home runs in 137 at-bats, with 51 walks and 50 strikeouts. Wowsers! So much for easing back into it! The Brewers signed Singleton in December 2021, and he’s been an immediate success in AAA Nashville, producing a .859 OPS over his first 38 plate appearances, including two doubles, a triple, two home runs, and six RBIs. Though he’s only drawn three walks against ten strikeouts thus far, this likely isn’t a concern if you look at his terrific BB/K ratios from 2014-2017 and 2021. Could Mr. Singleton be the instant offense that the Brewers require? Or would it be impossible to pair him with left-handed-hitting Rowdy Tellez, forcing either Andrew McCutchen or Renfroe to the bench? Tyler White – 1B – Right-Handed Hitter – 31 years old As Jon Singleton faded out of Houston’s plans, Tyler White tried to step into the void. A 33rd-round pick in 2013, White efficiently worked his way to the big leagues, having his contract selected in April 2016 and hitting eight home runs in 276 plate appearances that season. After limited MLB action in 2017, White returned in a big way in 2018, putting up a 140+ OPS in 237 plate appearances, with 12 home runs. Unfortunately for him, he disappointed in 2019, was designated for assignment in June, and struggled with the Dodgers as well, being outrighted in February 2020. White regained his form at AAA Buffalo in 2021, with a .292 AVG / .424 OBP / .476 SLG in 353 plate appearances, including 13 home runs, 80 walks, and only 73 strikeouts, but didn’t get the promotion to the Blue Jays. Though his 2022 start has not been other-worldly (.211 AVG / .375 OBP / .579 SLG in 24 plate appearances), perhaps Mr. White is the right-handed hitting platoon partner that the Brewers need at first base if Keston Hiura can’t quite put it together yet. Mark Mathias – IF/OF – Right-Handed Hitter – 27 years old I admit I was baffled when the Brewers traded a catching prospect and gave a 40-man roster spot in November 2019 to a 25-year infielder who’d only posted one encouraging OPS in his previous three seasons. But of course, the “In Stearns We Trust” motto runs deep, so I didn’t doubt the move. Mathias then appeared to be a serviceable utility man for Craig Counsell’s 2020 squad, though in limited action (16 games, 36 plate appearances, mainly in the outfield) and was poised for a potentially bigger role in 2021 before a March shoulder injury shelved him for the entire season. Designated for assignment in November 2021 and not claimed by any other club, Mr. Mathias is now doing his best to remind Brewers’ brass of why they grabbed him in the first place, with an early season .350 AVG / .435 OPS / .550 SLG through 23 plate appearances, all in the infield. While Mathias doesn’t offer the pop of Weston Wilson, could his prior MLB experience playing for Manager Counsell give him a selection advantage What do you think? Who should be the first position player called up to Milwaukee from our minors system in 2022? View full article
  9. Transactions: Jamie Westbrook (INF/OF) was traded to the Detroit Tigers organization for cash considerations. We wish Jamie the best at his new Triple-AAA affiliate in Toledo. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 13, Fredericksburg 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' website, game details, please review: Garcia and Cipion Homer in 13-6 Road Win - The Mudcats scored seven runs in the eighth to seal Wednesday's series-tying victory It is time to start having 'Top Ten' conversations about toolsy and tantalizing prospect Eduardo Garcia. In the recent past, shadowed by the press and excitement for fellow Low-A prospect Hedbert Perez, it seemed as though Eduardo was an under-the-radar by-line or afterthought - perhaps, a player too young to garner serious attention in those hallowed one through ten slots. I know it is extremely early in the 2022 season, but when a player flashes what Garcia is flashing daily, something needs to be said to push this conversation. To date, Eduardo typically finds himself ranked in that 10-20 range in most publications. I will get out ahead of the crowd: He is top ten. Today. There is too much swagger, skill, athleticism, and 'It' in this young man to relegate him anywhere outside this upper echelon. We've seen more than one web gem in the field (including a first-inning put out today to first - from his knees, beyond second base, on a scorched liner that one-hopped off his chest) in the five games to date. After stabbing yet another well-hit ball his way deep in the hole between shortstop and third base to claim the first out of the bottom of the second, Joey Zanaboni (Nats' primary broadcaster and MiLB.TV voice) asked: ***(If you are an MiLB.TV subscriber, tune in to the 1:25:19 mark of today's recorded game cast.)*** And, can I get a: "Hey Now!"? Eduardo has shown range, incredible explosive leaping and timing ability, and an absolute cannon for an arm with accuracy to pair with it. We see a free and easy swing, capably recognizing and mashing breaking balls out of the park while simultaneously splitting the gap for doubles when taking heat. Is the next great Brewers shortstop nipping at the heels of higher-level candidates like Freddy Zamora? I say this is a worthy question to ask. It is too early to tell, but warning flares are being sent quite high and with visibility into the partly cloudy skies of lofty projections and hopeful aspirations. I can see a future 'Big Club' infield featuring Biloxi's Felix Valerio manning the dirt between first base and second base while a maturing and even more refined Garcia is deftly handling duties at shortstop. Time will clearly define this current unknown, as it always does, but if there is one player to tune in for at Low-A Carolina, I would be hard-pressed to say any player's name outside 'Eduardo Garcia.' And, I would be remiss if I did not add: there are several compelling young players to watch on a day-in and day-out basis. More to follow as the season progresses. Final Viewing Notes: Oh, to be young! A tip of the cap to Jeferson Quero is in order. He deserves recognition when any catcher mans the backstop in consecutive outings with shortened rest - an evening to midday. As mentioned in the Fredericksburg broadcast, it would not be surprising to see Jeferson get a rest day tomorrow or man the DH spot. Will we see Jose Sibrian or Jesus Chirinos filling in as catchers tomorrow? Stay tuned. The Fredericksburg Nats' batters have taken 44 walks in 5 games this young season. This is, um, noteworthy. Yes, that's the word. Miguel Segura faced some trouble early in his debut at the Low A level - he spent 2021 dominating his DSL and ACL outings. He struggled a bit in inning one as he walked a runner on four pitches after allowing a run to score on a House single. In the ensuing at-bat, he grabbed some luck as House, hugging the second base, was uncertain if Bello was under the fly ball to deep left. He was not. The ball hit midway up the deep left-center fence and one-hopped to Bello while House held at third. Nabbing a much-needed strikeout on his best breaking ball of the early inning, he then managed to induce a hard but tricky chopper to Vargas between the pitcher's mound and the third baseline. Vargas adeptly and miraculously charged the ball, bare-handed it, and in one motion rifled an accurate throw to nab the runner at first base. Out of a rough first inning, he settled down for two more while limiting any further damage. He left the mound after three in full allowing three hits, two walks, punching three k's, and allowing the one earned run. Micah Bello continues to see the ball and is swinging comfortably and under control. His 1st inning opposite-field two-run single on a pitch up and in was not an easy hit. But, he saw the pitch, liked what he saw, and executed a highly effective inside out swing to line it to the RF grass. This is the maturation we hoped to see. Micah struggled last season at the plate: a 33.5% k rate and a near 6.6K:BB ratio. This was not ideal and, understandably, he was left off most pre-season 'Top 30' prospects lists as a result. As I consistently mention, and it truly does need to be said as the sample size is much too small, it is early. But, I am also one to celebrate small victories in hopes they will lead to stacked successes. In the early going Bello has seen that strikeout rate drop to the low 20's, albeit in a mere 18 at-bats, and his K to BB ratio dip to 2:1. He is hitting to the tune of an unsustainable 0.444 with an OPS of 1.222 (5 doubles). Here's hoping a corner of some kind has been turned. Your 2022 Carolina Mudcats have a penchant for early inning success. If you are considering tuning in, do so early or you may risk missing some meaningful output. This is two games in a row where they've jumped on the starter from the get-go and put runners on, smoking balls, and sending runners across home plate. Yesterday, the bases were loaded from the start and two runners crossed home plate by the inning's end. Today, it was 4-0 and the second and third outs were on well-hit fly balls. Tune in early. Tune in often. Arbert Cipion deserves mention as a prospect who is playing with more discipline in all facets. Like many young players, Arbert was drafted at the 21st pick of the 2018 ninth round clear out of Passaic County Technical Institute (the only player ever drafted from the school), Arbert struggled to find his footing as an offensive player in the earliest days of his professional career. COVID certainly didn't assist in any on-field growth or playing time and added a year of development missing from his belt. He's always been a solid defender with range. Originally drafted as a centerfielder, and today playing right field, Arbert showed arm strength to hold a runner on 3rd with the game still not broken open. But, he has shown more with his bat in this young season than he has in quite some time. It would appear, he is getting comfortable. Take a look at his calmness here as he crushes this home run to deep left field...over the fence, out of the stadium, and into the trees: Is Michele Vassalotti in for a resurgence with a shift to the bullpen? I don't know. But, after struggling with walked batters as a starter in Carolina last season, the early results are a bonus. Although he has hit one batter, he also hasn't walked a batter (the main culprit of his elevated 1.74 WHIP last season given batters hit to a tune of 0.237 in his 13 games started) and has struck out three in two innings pitched. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Postponed For your viewing pleasure, here's a 40-second video segment proving it was indeed a postponed outing. And, so, the Timber Rattlers Wednesday game is pushed to Thursday where we'll have a double-header (see tweet above). Our very own @damuelle will be working double-time right off the bat in his first 'Minor League Report' of the young season. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Mississippi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' website, game details, please review: Shuckers Walk Off to 5-0 Start - Luna Allows 1 Over 5.1 Innings It was 'Bark in the Park' night in Biloxi for the only remaining undefeated team in Double-A baseball: A certain pup was indeed making itself known in the top of inning one and again in the top of the third. While concessions employees and patrons alike were fearing the worst... * The author notes, no dogs or dog owners were injured in the crafting of this post* ...it was another facet of dog 'personality' menacing the ballpark. With two down and the batter in an 0-2 count during the top of the first, there was a yapping, resounding, and consistent choir of high-pitched barks resonating from said pup. 'Fido', if that is your name, you know who you are. On behalf of the fans, viewers, and players: Go take a walk! And, with that, the internet has spoken. On to more details of the fantastic Double-AA contest that took place at Biloxi's MGM Park: After surrendering a lead-off triple, Carlos Luna continued the top of the first inning with a breaking ball strikeout in the dirt and followed it with a breaking ball swing and a miss. After walking the dangerous lefty first baseman, Lugbauer (formerly, a third baseman and catcher for the University of Michigan college baseball enthusiasts may recall), on a questionable ball 3 call I might add, Carlos finished his first frame by inducing an infield pop-up to Freddy Zamora who calmly collected the ball. It's always good to work through the early hiccups when making your first appearance of the season. It is worth noting, Mississippi stacked the lineup with lefty batters to face Carlos with the lone right-handed hitter the red hot hitting Trey Harris in the Mississippi DH slot. Facing the Atlanta Brave's #9 (MLB Pipeline) overall prospect in Freddy Tarnok (a very tantalizing 4-pitch prospect featuring a 12-6 knee-breaking curve), things didn't start smoothly for the Shuckers as the young pitching prospect worked the order three up and three down - including a four-pitch strikeout on an unexpected changeup to young Joey Wiemer. Things continued through the third inning as Tarnok held the Shuckers hitless through all three frames. Ultimately, he only surrendered 1 hit, 3 walks, and a hit batsman after his last pitch to catcher Jakson Reetz grazed off his hands. After 4 2/3 innings, Tarnok would not qualify for the potential victory. Luna, on the other hand, made it through 5 1/3 efficient innings and called it a night. Further Viewing Notes: Freddy Zamora saw fly-ball action early and often. After collecting four pop-ups in the early going, he did not see much action the remainder of the evening. I await any improvements from his throwing accuracy in the games ahead. Shuckers Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster extraordinaire, Garret Greene's update on Garrett Mitchell: "He's in good spirits but he's getting the day," seemed to hint at the young outfielder just taking the rest needed due to his recent bad luck with the baseball. Well, to close this loop, Mitchell did indeed play the part of a pinch-runner in the top of the ninth inning after Jakson Reetz opened the closing frame with a base on balls. It would appear he is on the mend, and for good measure, he scored the winning run! It's a 'Walk-Off'! Have a beer Tristen Lutz: Jakson Reetz deserves some recognition in this young season. He is playing a very very solid back stop for his pitching staff. He has shown off a cannon to both second and first base. He is also a well-built young man and he's shown an ability in the early going to surprise at the plate with some discipline and decent AB's. As mentioned above, it was his lead off walk that got the ninth trending in the right direction. Joey Wiemer had an uncharacteristic 0-5 evening. This wasn't for lack of contact as several of his groundouts were absolutely smoked. What was uncharacteristic, if we consider these first five games, was the strikeout in the early innings. I would tip my cap to Freddy Tarnok here whose four-pitch mix kept all Shuckers batters on their heels. It appeared to be the changeup that was fooling the young prospect. Fine bullpen work from Harold Chirino, Nash Walters, and Arnaldo Hernandez. Hernandez may be new to many of you and this is because he was only signed to the Brewers organization as a minor league free agent in December of 2021. This is a young man who has been in professional baseball for 10 years and is still only 26 years old. He's had his ups and downs in all levels of the minor leagues but, to date, has definitively had noteworthy success at the Double-AA level. I enjoy his mound presence, and I look forward to seeing if he can continue to pound the zone in the weeks and months ahead. He picks up the win tonight moving his record to 2-0. Kudos to Cam Devanney knocking in the original tying run on a single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cam turned 25 years old on this beautiful Biloxi spring day. That hit had to have felt good! Cam, if you're reading, I got up from my chair; took a sip of hard cider; I might have made some indiscernible utterances of joy; and I clapped. And, I clapped again. And, I clapped loudly. This isn't the celebration you deserved but it was the celebration I could offer. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Gwinnett 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' website, game details, please review: Sounds Erase Five Run Deficit for Another Comeback Win - Dahl's Two-Run Blast Puts Nashville Ahead in 7-5 Victory at Gwinnett I don't know what it is with the microphone set-ups or the acoustics at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but let me tell you: every pitch, every bat struck, and every round of applause has a resounding volume unlike any other I've experienced, virtually at least, in the years of watching minor league baseball. It's truly uncanny. And, in the early going, it was easily the most exciting aspect of Sounds baseball. This was one of those games where the players seemed to be moving at half speed early. BUT, fear not, they picked it up late in this one. Things aren't always the way you want it from the get-go in life - sports remind us of this all the time. Dylan File (#24 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30) came out, as he always does, ready to pitch and ready to rapid-fire. Who needs pitch counts anyhow when Dylan is on the mound? After a clean first inning, Dylan found the zone elusive in innings two and three falling behind too many a batter 2-0. After getting a couple of fly outs, including a rip to the deep left-center warning track Corey Ray calmly collected, he was able to induce a broken-bat ground out to end inning two. There was trouble ahead in the bottom of the third, however, as Dylan again found a favorable pitcher's count elusive. Ultimately, after some seeing eye weakly hit singles, he saw his first run surrendered on yet another weak ground ball. Weston Wilson who was incapable of corralling the ball as he dove to his right saw no play at first and then saw the runner down the third baseline. The throw home, from his knees, was a second too late. With the bases loaded, Dylan gave up a deep double to left-center field and the bases were cleared and the Sounds trailed 0-4 after three. All told, Dylan's night can be summed up this way falling behind in the count, weak or seeing-eye ground balls, a bases-clearing double, and an ineffective uneven evening. Sometimes, it just isn't your night. He left the game after a walk and a hit batter to start the bottom half of the fifth. Further Viewing Notes: I continue to be impressed by Jon Singleton's approach at the plate. I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again today: this is a Big League hitter. We are seeing his early MLB pedigree starting to shine through. He has the strength to fight off pitches late over the plate. He also has the eye and discipline to lay off most questionable deliveries. He grabbed a savvy base on balls to get on base in the 4th inning. He tacked on a hit (a triple!) and added two RBI and a run to his night. But, let's also point out another aspect of Singleton's game: he is a much better fielder than given credit for. This isn't just a big and strong first baseman, this is a big and strong athlete. In the 4th inning alone, he made two very agile plays back-to-back nabbing a hard-hit line drive to his right a mere foot from the ground while casually doubling the runner off of first. In the very next at bat, Jon stabbed a hard hit grounder that brought him over the first base line where he smoothly went to his lower left, fielded it, and stepped on the bag. We are going to see this man on the Big League club. Mark my words. Congrats are in order for David Dahl. We all know he's shown he's a capable hitter. We also all know he would have liked a hotter start to his early season. Tonight, however, he showed his stroke with his first deep ball of his early season. Take a look as he turns his hips and ropes a bomb over the wall in right field: Let's hope he continues seeing the ball like this and we start seeing his suite of offensive numbers trending up. The strength of this Sounds team would appear to be their bullpen at the present time. Unsung MVP on the evening, Hobie Harris, was the first man out of the pen inheriting File's two-men on no out mess in the fifth. After walking his first batter on a slider off the plate loading the bases with zero outs, he limited the damage to one run inducing a double-play ball and snagging a hard-hit bouncer right over his head to close the inning. There were no runs the rest of the way for Gwinnett. Appearances side-armer Trevor Kelley, Miguel Sanchez, Luke Barker, and Luis Perdomo all went scoreless. Speaking of bullpens, Braves prospect Nolan Kingham (promoted to Gwinnett during the 2021 MiLB season) impressed me tonight. He may not be on any top 30 lists, but he is an effective reliever right now. I'll be curious to see if he grabs a cup of coffee at the Braves' big league club sometime this season. All-in-all, the word for this Sounds comeback victory is: scrappy. The hits were elusive through the 7th, but, they stuck with it and had a heck of a finish. They head into tomorrow's contest with a 5-3 record. That's a wrap Brewers and Brewer's Affiliate fans. My work this week is done. However, our teams play into tomorrow and the weekend. Please stay tuned daily as @damuelleand @Mass Haas reward us with their fine works as we sit back, watch games, and catch up on all news 'down on the Farm'. Thursday April 14th: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores
  10. Sometimes, as the Timber Rattlers showed us tonight: late means tomorrow. Sometimes, as the Sounds dramatically showed us: late means absolutely nothing doing through seven innings and then a dreamy seven-spot, take the lead and shut the door end to the night. I miss my opportunity to see and report on yet another tantalizing Timber Rattlers pitching prospect in one 6'7" 255-pound Russell Smith. Still, I also check back in my most recent 'up and comer' down in Zebulon in Eduardo Garcia. Enough of the introductions; let's get into the meat! Transactions: Jamie Westbrook (INF/OF) was traded to the Detroit Tigers organization for cash considerations. We wish Jamie the best at his new Triple-AAA affiliate in Toledo. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 13, Fredericksburg 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' website, game details, please review: Garcia and Cipion Homer in 13-6 Road Win - The Mudcats scored seven runs in the eighth to seal Wednesday's series-tying victory It is time to start having 'Top Ten' conversations about toolsy and tantalizing prospect Eduardo Garcia. In the recent past, shadowed by the press and excitement for fellow Low-A prospect Hedbert Perez, it seemed as though Eduardo was an under-the-radar by-line or afterthought - perhaps, a player too young to garner serious attention in those hallowed one through ten slots. I know it is extremely early in the 2022 season, but when a player flashes what Garcia is flashing daily, something needs to be said to push this conversation. To date, Eduardo typically finds himself ranked in that 10-20 range in most publications. I will get out ahead of the crowd: He is top ten. Today. There is too much swagger, skill, athleticism, and 'It' in this young man to relegate him anywhere outside this upper echelon. We've seen more than one web gem in the field (including a first-inning put out today to first - from his knees, beyond second base, on a scorched liner that one-hopped off his chest) in the five games to date. After stabbing yet another well-hit ball his way deep in the hole between shortstop and third base to claim the first out of the bottom of the second, Joey Zanaboni (Nats' primary broadcaster and MiLB.TV voice) asked: ***(If you are an MiLB.TV subscriber, tune in to the 1:25:19 mark of today's recorded game cast.)*** And, can I get a: "Hey Now!"? Eduardo has shown range, incredible explosive leaping and timing ability, and an absolute cannon for an arm with accuracy to pair with it. We see a free and easy swing, capably recognizing and mashing breaking balls out of the park while simultaneously splitting the gap for doubles when taking heat. Is the next great Brewers shortstop nipping at the heels of higher-level candidates like Freddy Zamora? I say this is a worthy question to ask. It is too early to tell, but warning flares are being sent quite high and with visibility into the partly cloudy skies of lofty projections and hopeful aspirations. I can see a future 'Big Club' infield featuring Biloxi's Felix Valerio manning the dirt between first base and second base while a maturing and even more refined Garcia is deftly handling duties at shortstop. Time will clearly define this current unknown, as it always does, but if there is one player to tune in for at Low-A Carolina, I would be hard-pressed to say any player's name outside 'Eduardo Garcia.' And, I would be remiss if I did not add: there are several compelling young players to watch on a day-in and day-out basis. More to follow as the season progresses. Final Viewing Notes: Oh, to be young! A tip of the cap to Jeferson Quero is in order. He deserves recognition when any catcher mans the backstop in consecutive outings with shortened rest - an evening to midday. As mentioned in the Fredericksburg broadcast, it would not be surprising to see Jeferson get a rest day tomorrow or man the DH spot. Will we see Jose Sibrian or Jesus Chirinos filling in as catchers tomorrow? Stay tuned. The Fredericksburg Nats' batters have taken 44 walks in 5 games this young season. This is, um, noteworthy. Yes, that's the word. Miguel Segura faced some trouble early in his debut at the Low A level - he spent 2021 dominating his DSL and ACL outings. He struggled a bit in inning one as he walked a runner on four pitches after allowing a run to score on a House single. In the ensuing at-bat, he grabbed some luck as House, hugging the second base, was uncertain if Bello was under the fly ball to deep left. He was not. The ball hit midway up the deep left-center fence and one-hopped to Bello while House held at third. Nabbing a much-needed strikeout on his best breaking ball of the early inning, he then managed to induce a hard but tricky chopper to Vargas between the pitcher's mound and the third baseline. Vargas adeptly and miraculously charged the ball, bare-handed it, and in one motion rifled an accurate throw to nab the runner at first base. Out of a rough first inning, he settled down for two more while limiting any further damage. He left the mound after three in full allowing three hits, two walks, punching three k's, and allowing the one earned run. Micah Bello continues to see the ball and is swinging comfortably and under control. His 1st inning opposite-field two-run single on a pitch up and in was not an easy hit. But, he saw the pitch, liked what he saw, and executed a highly effective inside out swing to line it to the RF grass. This is the maturation we hoped to see. Micah struggled last season at the plate: a 33.5% k rate and a near 6.6K:BB ratio. This was not ideal and, understandably, he was left off most pre-season 'Top 30' prospects lists as a result. As I consistently mention, and it truly does need to be said as the sample size is much too small, it is early. But, I am also one to celebrate small victories in hopes they will lead to stacked successes. In the early going Bello has seen that strikeout rate drop to the low 20's, albeit in a mere 18 at-bats, and his K to BB ratio dip to 2:1. He is hitting to the tune of an unsustainable 0.444 with an OPS of 1.222 (5 doubles). Here's hoping a corner of some kind has been turned. Your 2022 Carolina Mudcats have a penchant for early inning success. If you are considering tuning in, do so early or you may risk missing some meaningful output. This is two games in a row where they've jumped on the starter from the get-go and put runners on, smoking balls, and sending runners across home plate. Yesterday, the bases were loaded from the start and two runners crossed home plate by the inning's end. Today, it was 4-0 and the second and third outs were on well-hit fly balls. Tune in early. Tune in often. Arbert Cipion deserves mention as a prospect who is playing with more discipline in all facets. Like many young players, Arbert was drafted at the 21st pick of the 2018 ninth round clear out of Passaic County Technical Institute (the only player ever drafted from the school), Arbert struggled to find his footing as an offensive player in the earliest days of his professional career. COVID certainly didn't assist in any on-field growth or playing time and added a year of development missing from his belt. He's always been a solid defender with range. Originally drafted as a centerfielder, and today playing right field, Arbert showed arm strength to hold a runner on 3rd with the game still not broken open. But, he has shown more with his bat in this young season than he has in quite some time. It would appear, he is getting comfortable. Take a look at his calmness here as he crushes this home run to deep left field...over the fence, out of the stadium, and into the trees: Is Michele Vassalotti in for a resurgence with a shift to the bullpen? I don't know. But, after struggling with walked batters as a starter in Carolina last season, the early results are a bonus. Although he has hit one batter, he also hasn't walked a batter (the main culprit of his elevated 1.74 WHIP last season given batters hit to a tune of 0.237 in his 13 games started) and has struck out three in two innings pitched. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Postponed For your viewing pleasure, here's a 40-second video segment proving it was indeed a postponed outing. And, so, the Timber Rattlers Wednesday game is pushed to Thursday where we'll have a double-header (see tweet above). Our very own @damuelle will be working double-time right off the bat in his first 'Minor League Report' of the young season. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Mississippi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' website, game details, please review: Shuckers Walk Off to 5-0 Start - Luna Allows 1 Over 5.1 Innings It was 'Bark in the Park' night in Biloxi for the only remaining undefeated team in Double-A baseball: A certain pup was indeed making itself known in the top of inning one and again in the top of the third. While concessions employees and patrons alike were fearing the worst... * The author notes, no dogs or dog owners were injured in the crafting of this post* ...it was another facet of dog 'personality' menacing the ballpark. With two down and the batter in an 0-2 count during the top of the first, there was a yapping, resounding, and consistent choir of high-pitched barks resonating from said pup. 'Fido', if that is your name, you know who you are. On behalf of the fans, viewers, and players: Go take a walk! And, with that, the internet has spoken. On to more details of the fantastic Double-AA contest that took place at Biloxi's MGM Park: After surrendering a lead-off triple, Carlos Luna continued the top of the first inning with a breaking ball strikeout in the dirt and followed it with a breaking ball swing and a miss. After walking the dangerous lefty first baseman, Lugbauer (formerly, a third baseman and catcher for the University of Michigan college baseball enthusiasts may recall), on a questionable ball 3 call I might add, Carlos finished his first frame by inducing an infield pop-up to Freddy Zamora who calmly collected the ball. It's always good to work through the early hiccups when making your first appearance of the season. It is worth noting, Mississippi stacked the lineup with lefty batters to face Carlos with the lone right-handed hitter the red hot hitting Trey Harris in the Mississippi DH slot. Facing the Atlanta Brave's #9 (MLB Pipeline) overall prospect in Freddy Tarnok (a very tantalizing 4-pitch prospect featuring a 12-6 knee-breaking curve), things didn't start smoothly for the Shuckers as the young pitching prospect worked the order three up and three down - including a four-pitch strikeout on an unexpected changeup to young Joey Wiemer. Things continued through the third inning as Tarnok held the Shuckers hitless through all three frames. Ultimately, he only surrendered 1 hit, 3 walks, and a hit batsman after his last pitch to catcher Jakson Reetz grazed off his hands. After 4 2/3 innings, Tarnok would not qualify for the potential victory. Luna, on the other hand, made it through 5 1/3 efficient innings and called it a night. Further Viewing Notes: Freddy Zamora saw fly-ball action early and often. After collecting four pop-ups in the early going, he did not see much action the remainder of the evening. I await any improvements from his throwing accuracy in the games ahead. Shuckers Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster extraordinaire, Garret Greene's update on Garrett Mitchell: "He's in good spirits but he's getting the day," seemed to hint at the young outfielder just taking the rest needed due to his recent bad luck with the baseball. Well, to close this loop, Mitchell did indeed play the part of a pinch-runner in the top of the ninth inning after Jakson Reetz opened the closing frame with a base on balls. It would appear he is on the mend, and for good measure, he scored the winning run! It's a 'Walk-Off'! Have a beer Tristen Lutz: Jakson Reetz deserves some recognition in this young season. He is playing a very very solid back stop for his pitching staff. He has shown off a cannon to both second and first base. He is also a well-built young man and he's shown an ability in the early going to surprise at the plate with some discipline and decent AB's. As mentioned above, it was his lead off walk that got the ninth trending in the right direction. Joey Wiemer had an uncharacteristic 0-5 evening. This wasn't for lack of contact as several of his groundouts were absolutely smoked. What was uncharacteristic, if we consider these first five games, was the strikeout in the early innings. I would tip my cap to Freddy Tarnok here whose four-pitch mix kept all Shuckers batters on their heels. It appeared to be the changeup that was fooling the young prospect. Fine bullpen work from Harold Chirino, Nash Walters, and Arnaldo Hernandez. Hernandez may be new to many of you and this is because he was only signed to the Brewers organization as a minor league free agent in December of 2021. This is a young man who has been in professional baseball for 10 years and is still only 26 years old. He's had his ups and downs in all levels of the minor leagues but, to date, has definitively had noteworthy success at the Double-AA level. I enjoy his mound presence, and I look forward to seeing if he can continue to pound the zone in the weeks and months ahead. He picks up the win tonight moving his record to 2-0. Kudos to Cam Devanney knocking in the original tying run on a single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cam turned 25 years old on this beautiful Biloxi spring day. That hit had to have felt good! Cam, if you're reading, I got up from my chair; took a sip of hard cider; I might have made some indiscernible utterances of joy; and I clapped. And, I clapped again. And, I clapped loudly. This isn't the celebration you deserved but it was the celebration I could offer. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Gwinnett 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' website, game details, please review: Sounds Erase Five Run Deficit for Another Comeback Win - Dahl's Two-Run Blast Puts Nashville Ahead in 7-5 Victory at Gwinnett I don't know what it is with the microphone set-ups or the acoustics at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia, but let me tell you: every pitch, every bat struck, and every round of applause has a resounding volume unlike any other I've experienced, virtually at least, in the years of watching minor league baseball. It's truly uncanny. And, in the early going, it was easily the most exciting aspect of Sounds baseball. This was one of those games where the players seemed to be moving at half speed early. BUT, fear not, they picked it up late in this one. Things aren't always the way you want it from the get-go in life - sports remind us of this all the time. Dylan File (#24 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30) came out, as he always does, ready to pitch and ready to rapid-fire. Who needs pitch counts anyhow when Dylan is on the mound? After a clean first inning, Dylan found the zone elusive in innings two and three falling behind too many a batter 2-0. After getting a couple of fly outs, including a rip to the deep left-center warning track Corey Ray calmly collected, he was able to induce a broken-bat ground out to end inning two. There was trouble ahead in the bottom of the third, however, as Dylan again found a favorable pitcher's count elusive. Ultimately, after some seeing eye weakly hit singles, he saw his first run surrendered on yet another weak ground ball. Weston Wilson who was incapable of corralling the ball as he dove to his right saw no play at first and then saw the runner down the third baseline. The throw home, from his knees, was a second too late. With the bases loaded, Dylan gave up a deep double to left-center field and the bases were cleared and the Sounds trailed 0-4 after three. All told, Dylan's night can be summed up this way falling behind in the count, weak or seeing-eye ground balls, a bases-clearing double, and an ineffective uneven evening. Sometimes, it just isn't your night. He left the game after a walk and a hit batter to start the bottom half of the fifth. Further Viewing Notes: I continue to be impressed by Jon Singleton's approach at the plate. I said it yesterday, and I'll say it again today: this is a Big League hitter. We are seeing his early MLB pedigree starting to shine through. He has the strength to fight off pitches late over the plate. He also has the eye and discipline to lay off most questionable deliveries. He grabbed a savvy base on balls to get on base in the 4th inning. He tacked on a hit (a triple!) and added two RBI and a run to his night. But, let's also point out another aspect of Singleton's game: he is a much better fielder than given credit for. This isn't just a big and strong first baseman, this is a big and strong athlete. In the 4th inning alone, he made two very agile plays back-to-back nabbing a hard-hit line drive to his right a mere foot from the ground while casually doubling the runner off of first. In the very next at bat, Jon stabbed a hard hit grounder that brought him over the first base line where he smoothly went to his lower left, fielded it, and stepped on the bag. We are going to see this man on the Big League club. Mark my words. Congrats are in order for David Dahl. We all know he's shown he's a capable hitter. We also all know he would have liked a hotter start to his early season. Tonight, however, he showed his stroke with his first deep ball of his early season. Take a look as he turns his hips and ropes a bomb over the wall in right field: Let's hope he continues seeing the ball like this and we start seeing his suite of offensive numbers trending up. The strength of this Sounds team would appear to be their bullpen at the present time. Unsung MVP on the evening, Hobie Harris, was the first man out of the pen inheriting File's two-men on no out mess in the fifth. After walking his first batter on a slider off the plate loading the bases with zero outs, he limited the damage to one run inducing a double-play ball and snagging a hard-hit bouncer right over his head to close the inning. There were no runs the rest of the way for Gwinnett. Appearances side-armer Trevor Kelley, Miguel Sanchez, Luke Barker, and Luis Perdomo all went scoreless. Speaking of bullpens, Braves prospect Nolan Kingham (promoted to Gwinnett during the 2021 MiLB season) impressed me tonight. He may not be on any top 30 lists, but he is an effective reliever right now. I'll be curious to see if he grabs a cup of coffee at the Braves' big league club sometime this season. All-in-all, the word for this Sounds comeback victory is: scrappy. The hits were elusive through the 7th, but, they stuck with it and had a heck of a finish. They head into tomorrow's contest with a 5-3 record. That's a wrap Brewers and Brewer's Affiliate fans. My work this week is done. However, our teams play into tomorrow and the weekend. Please stay tuned daily as @damuelleand @Mass Haas reward us with their fine works as we sit back, watch games, and catch up on all news 'down on the Farm'. Thursday April 14th: Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores View full article
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