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  1. Selecting the Relief Pitcher award winner was a no brainer. Cam Robinson – the guy who led the entire minor leagues in saves, often of the multi-inning variety. Stat of the Year: Wisconsin won 25 of the 28 games in which Mr. Robinson pitched! Image courtesy of Bobby McDuffie Sometimes, the more traditional stats matter*. Through August 19th, RHP Cam Robinson’s 25 saves led all of Minor League Baseball. And even with zero save opportunities over the final 40 days of the season, Robinson still ended the season atop the MiLB Saves Leaderboard. High-A/AA Stats (41 G): 3-1 record, 1.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 68 K, 22 BB, 52 IP, 25 Saves AAA Stats (11 G): Not quite as pretty. To be improved in 2023! A 23rd-round draft pick out of Orlando’s University High School in 2017, Robinson started to blossom at Low-A Carolina in 2021 and reached an impressive level of dominance at High-A Wisconsin and AA Biloxi in 2022, forcing the Brewers into a tough decision of whether to add him to the 40-man MLB roster by November 20th or risk losing him in the Rule 5 draft on December 8th. As the Timber Rattlers’ offense struggled to get runs across in the early months of the season, Robinson was lockdown in the ‘pen, earning 19 saves and 3 wins in 28 games at Wisconsin. In fact, the Timber Rattlers won a whopping 25 of the 28 games in which Mr. Robinson pitched! Of those 28 High-A outings, 11 covered more than one inning of work, including nine games in which he covered two full innings. Enjoy the mastery: Promoted to AA Biloxi on July 4, Robinson didn’t miss a beat, posting a 1.23 ERA and 0.89 WHIP while grabbing another 6 saves in 14 2/3 innings of work: Intrigued by that level of dominance, the Brewers promoted Robinson to AAA Nashville on August 23rd, where he understandably struggled in 13 innings (6.92 ERA, 1.85 WHIP), presenting him with a new challenge for next year. Having just turned 23 years old, once Robinson is able to replicate his amazing ground-out to air-out ratio (3.14 at Wisconsin, 2.57 at Biloxi) in baseball’s higher echelons, he should have a long, successful major league career. Runner-Up: James Meeker, RHP High-A/AA (44 G): 4-4 record, 2.38 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 57 K, 17 BB, 64 1/3 IP, 17 Saves There aren’t many players who get their first opportunity in affiliated baseball at age 26; fewer still the number who thrive. James Meeker, signed by the Brewers in August 2021, has been a terrific find, producing a minuscule 0.50 ERA at Low-A Carolina in 18 innings last year and continuing his excellence at High-A Wisconsin this year. With Robinson racking up the majority of the early season save chances, 27-year old Meeker didn’t move into a consistent closer role until July 30th, from which point he notched 12 saves (in 13 opportunities) over his next 16 games, producing a 0.44 ERA over this period and ultimately earning a promotion to AA Biloxi on September 13th. In all, James’ 17 saves this season placed him seventh in the whole of Minor League Baseball. Second Runner-Up: Peter Strzelecki, RHP AAA Stats (27 G): 3-0 record, 2.84 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 50 K, 10 BB, 31 2/3 IP, 3 Saves Given his excellent work in the majors (3.06 ERA with 38 Ks in 32 1/3 IP), it’s easy to forget that Strzelecki didn’t make his Major League debut until June 2nd this year. Taking it back a little, he hadn’t even played AA ball until May 5, 2021. Yes, it’s been a rapid rise for the man who originally went undrafted out of the University of South Florida in 2018. Early this season, 27-year old Strzelecki underpinned the fabulous Nashville Sounds’ bullpen, producing the top WHIP in the 20-team International League before earning his deserved promotion to Milwaukee, whilst delivering a whopping 14.2 K/9 rate and earning four victories and three saves in the process. Hopefully, this will also be the year that Peter makes his MLB playoff debut. Third Runner-Up: Trevor Kelley, RHP AAA Stats (34 G): 3-3 record, 2.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 42 K, 10 BB, 34 1/3 IP, 9 Saves Kelley has been another dependable anchor in the Nashville bullpen, while also shuttling back-and-forth to the Brewers on five occasions. The 29-year-old joined the organization on a minor league contract in November 2021 and delivered immediate results in AAA, giving up just one run over his first 23 appearances. Fourth Runner-Up: Hobie Harris, RHP AAA Stats (53 G): 4-3 record, 2.04 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 56 K, 28 BB, 53 IP, 8 Saves Equally deserving of a call-up to The Show but not as fortunate as his peers in that regard, Harris kept his focus on the task-at-hand in leading Sounds’ pitchers in games played (53), relief innings pitched, and ranked second on the team in saves. Hitting minor league free agency for the first time in November 2021, Harris opted to sign with the Brewers. After being a vital part of Nashville’s 91-win season and hopefully winning a postseason title in Las Vegas, the 29-year-old Harris will undoubtedly be looking to sign a major league contract this offseason. Honorable Mentions: Luis Contreras, RHP (AA): 3-2 record, 3.00 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 59 K, 21 BB, 42 IP, 1 Save Born in Venezuela but listed as a Florida native, Contreras went undrafted and started his professional career in independent ball in 2019 before signing with the Brewers in June 2019. After Covid wiped out the 2020 season and he was injured for most of 2021, it was impressive to see the 26-year old register success in a leap to AA ball in 2022, striking out 12.6 batters per nine innings. Michele Vassalotti, RHP (Low-A): 9-2 record, 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 56 K, 24 BB, 47 2/3 IP, 7 Saves An international signing as a 16-year-old in 2017, Italian-Venezuelan Vassalotti fell off the prospect map a bit with tough seasons in 2019 and 2021, but reinvigorated his career in a shift to bullpen work this year. Through his first 35 2/3 innings pitched this season, the 22-year-old had struck out 46 batters against only nine walks, but apparently tired down the stretch (15 walks in his final 12 innings). Give the man some deserved rest and let’s see how he fares at higher levels in 2023. Pablo Garabitos, LHP (Low-A): 6-1 record, 1.61 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 61 K, 16 BB, 56 IP The first and only left-handed reliever on this list, Garabitos was a 2018 international signing from the Dominican Republic as an outfielder, before shifting to pitching in 2019. Now 22 years old, Pablo produced the 5th-best WHIP in the 12-team Carolina League and was the youngest pitcher in the league with a WHIP below 1.09. Although he didn’t make any starts, he averaged 2.33 innings per outing, covering as much as five innings on occasion and even throwing 87 pitches in one late-season victory. Will Mr. Garabitos shift into a starting role in 2023? * Of course, Saves did not become an official MLB statistic until 1969, but it’s fair to say they qualify as a traditional stat that was held in higher esteem before the sabermetric revolution. Which of the Brewers’ contingent of terrific minor league relief pitchers do you expect to become solid major leaguers one day? Would you have ranked these players differently? Your comments are welcome! View full article
  2. Sometimes, the more traditional stats matter*. Through August 19th, RHP Cam Robinson’s 25 saves led all of Minor League Baseball. And even with zero save opportunities over the final 40 days of the season, Robinson still ended the season atop the MiLB Saves Leaderboard. High-A/AA Stats (41 G): 3-1 record, 1.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 68 K, 22 BB, 52 IP, 25 Saves AAA Stats (11 G): Not quite as pretty. To be improved in 2023! A 23rd-round draft pick out of Orlando’s University High School in 2017, Robinson started to blossom at Low-A Carolina in 2021 and reached an impressive level of dominance at High-A Wisconsin and AA Biloxi in 2022, forcing the Brewers into a tough decision of whether to add him to the 40-man MLB roster by November 20th or risk losing him in the Rule 5 draft on December 8th. As the Timber Rattlers’ offense struggled to get runs across in the early months of the season, Robinson was lockdown in the ‘pen, earning 19 saves and 3 wins in 28 games at Wisconsin. In fact, the Timber Rattlers won a whopping 25 of the 28 games in which Mr. Robinson pitched! Of those 28 High-A outings, 11 covered more than one inning of work, including nine games in which he covered two full innings. Enjoy the mastery: Promoted to AA Biloxi on July 4, Robinson didn’t miss a beat, posting a 1.23 ERA and 0.89 WHIP while grabbing another 6 saves in 14 2/3 innings of work: Intrigued by that level of dominance, the Brewers promoted Robinson to AAA Nashville on August 23rd, where he understandably struggled in 13 innings (6.92 ERA, 1.85 WHIP), presenting him with a new challenge for next year. Having just turned 23 years old, once Robinson is able to replicate his amazing ground-out to air-out ratio (3.14 at Wisconsin, 2.57 at Biloxi) in baseball’s higher echelons, he should have a long, successful major league career. Runner-Up: James Meeker, RHP High-A/AA (44 G): 4-4 record, 2.38 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 57 K, 17 BB, 64 1/3 IP, 17 Saves There aren’t many players who get their first opportunity in affiliated baseball at age 26; fewer still the number who thrive. James Meeker, signed by the Brewers in August 2021, has been a terrific find, producing a minuscule 0.50 ERA at Low-A Carolina in 18 innings last year and continuing his excellence at High-A Wisconsin this year. With Robinson racking up the majority of the early season save chances, 27-year old Meeker didn’t move into a consistent closer role until July 30th, from which point he notched 12 saves (in 13 opportunities) over his next 16 games, producing a 0.44 ERA over this period and ultimately earning a promotion to AA Biloxi on September 13th. In all, James’ 17 saves this season placed him seventh in the whole of Minor League Baseball. Second Runner-Up: Peter Strzelecki, RHP AAA Stats (27 G): 3-0 record, 2.84 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 50 K, 10 BB, 31 2/3 IP, 3 Saves Given his excellent work in the majors (3.06 ERA with 38 Ks in 32 1/3 IP), it’s easy to forget that Strzelecki didn’t make his Major League debut until June 2nd this year. Taking it back a little, he hadn’t even played AA ball until May 5, 2021. Yes, it’s been a rapid rise for the man who originally went undrafted out of the University of South Florida in 2018. Early this season, 27-year old Strzelecki underpinned the fabulous Nashville Sounds’ bullpen, producing the top WHIP in the 20-team International League before earning his deserved promotion to Milwaukee, whilst delivering a whopping 14.2 K/9 rate and earning four victories and three saves in the process. Hopefully, this will also be the year that Peter makes his MLB playoff debut. Third Runner-Up: Trevor Kelley, RHP AAA Stats (34 G): 3-3 record, 2.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 42 K, 10 BB, 34 1/3 IP, 9 Saves Kelley has been another dependable anchor in the Nashville bullpen, while also shuttling back-and-forth to the Brewers on five occasions. The 29-year-old joined the organization on a minor league contract in November 2021 and delivered immediate results in AAA, giving up just one run over his first 23 appearances. Fourth Runner-Up: Hobie Harris, RHP AAA Stats (53 G): 4-3 record, 2.04 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 56 K, 28 BB, 53 IP, 8 Saves Equally deserving of a call-up to The Show but not as fortunate as his peers in that regard, Harris kept his focus on the task-at-hand in leading Sounds’ pitchers in games played (53), relief innings pitched, and ranked second on the team in saves. Hitting minor league free agency for the first time in November 2021, Harris opted to sign with the Brewers. After being a vital part of Nashville’s 91-win season and hopefully winning a postseason title in Las Vegas, the 29-year-old Harris will undoubtedly be looking to sign a major league contract this offseason. Honorable Mentions: Luis Contreras, RHP (AA): 3-2 record, 3.00 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 59 K, 21 BB, 42 IP, 1 Save Born in Venezuela but listed as a Florida native, Contreras went undrafted and started his professional career in independent ball in 2019 before signing with the Brewers in June 2019. After Covid wiped out the 2020 season and he was injured for most of 2021, it was impressive to see the 26-year old register success in a leap to AA ball in 2022, striking out 12.6 batters per nine innings. Michele Vassalotti, RHP (Low-A): 9-2 record, 2.64 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 56 K, 24 BB, 47 2/3 IP, 7 Saves An international signing as a 16-year-old in 2017, Italian-Venezuelan Vassalotti fell off the prospect map a bit with tough seasons in 2019 and 2021, but reinvigorated his career in a shift to bullpen work this year. Through his first 35 2/3 innings pitched this season, the 22-year-old had struck out 46 batters against only nine walks, but apparently tired down the stretch (15 walks in his final 12 innings). Give the man some deserved rest and let’s see how he fares at higher levels in 2023. Pablo Garabitos, LHP (Low-A): 6-1 record, 1.61 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 61 K, 16 BB, 56 IP The first and only left-handed reliever on this list, Garabitos was a 2018 international signing from the Dominican Republic as an outfielder, before shifting to pitching in 2019. Now 22 years old, Pablo produced the 5th-best WHIP in the 12-team Carolina League and was the youngest pitcher in the league with a WHIP below 1.09. Although he didn’t make any starts, he averaged 2.33 innings per outing, covering as much as five innings on occasion and even throwing 87 pitches in one late-season victory. Will Mr. Garabitos shift into a starting role in 2023? * Of course, Saves did not become an official MLB statistic until 1969, but it’s fair to say they qualify as a traditional stat that was held in higher esteem before the sabermetric revolution. Which of the Brewers’ contingent of terrific minor league relief pitchers do you expect to become solid major leaguers one day? Would you have ranked these players differently? Your comments are welcome!
  3. Transactions: - RHP Jake Cousins optioned from MLB Brewers to AAA Nashville (making room for the return of LHP Eric Lauer from injury) - INF Daniel Castillo released from ACL Brewers Blue - his pro journey recapped here, it included 19 games in Carolina in 2021 - RHP Braudin Ciprian of DSL-Brewers1 placed on the restricted list (60-game Stanozolol suspension) - we provide info on Ciprian's two-year stint thus far here Final: Nashville 6, Louisville (Reds) 3, ten innings Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Clinch Division Title in Louisville - Nashville Takes 12th Division Title with Extra Inning Triumph Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Surely folks have tired of me indicating as such, but for a wonderful rundown of how the game played itself out and a treasure trove of statistical notes, please visit that game summary if you have not done so already. Then we can enhance that with our own tidbits and news - we'll drill that routine into 2023 and beyond. With help from forum poster @wiguy94 we learn - "AAA championship weekend is in Las Vegas this year. Nashville would play a one-game playoff against the International League East winner (currently Durham) on Saturday, October 1st. If they win that game, they will play a one-game playoff against the winner of the Pacific Coast League championship game for the AAA National Championship on Sunday, October 2nd." Stand proud, Hortonville, Wisconsin and UW-La Crosse! Guess who has a birthday on Saturday, October 1st? Ace RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 that day. Think we can pencil Boushley in for that birthday start. Can't save him for a Sunday game that may not happen. One more year of Brewers control on Boushley, expect to see him a whole bunch in big league camp next spring. He has proven to be a heck of pick in the minor league phase of Rule 5 (via the Padres). Speaking of astute pickups, still two more years of organizational control over June trade acquisition Patrick Dorrian. The 26-year-old LH-hitting infielder was acquired from Baltimore for the always handy cash considerations. So many relievers bounced between Nashville and Milwaukee in 2022, yet one of them was not RHP Hobie Harris. Fifty-one appearances with a 1.08 WHIP, money. Harris followed Boushley with a perfect 7th, two K's. The fact that the WHIP is so low despite 27 walks in 51.2 IP reveals that Harris has allowed only 29 hits. That MLB debut will need to happen in another organization unless the pending minor league free agent is brought back for 2023. After exiting Thursday's game in the 9th inning, Sal Frelick did not play Friday. Brice Turang helped pick up the multiple-base hit slack in Frelick's absence with a double, single and two RBI. On the flip side, Joey Wiemer was back in the lineup for the first time since last Saturday the 17th, one single in five at-bats. Nice to have his .900 OPS in September back. We agree with the Voice of the Sounds! Here's a reminder on the rest of the Nashville regular season schedule as they prep for next Championship Weekend. It's a 12:05 Central Time game today (Saturday) to wrap up the Louisville series. After a day off Sunday, the Sounds get to host Memphis (Cardinals) Monday thru Wednesday. Then it's off to the bright lights of Sin City (where they will be the home team, having clinched the #1 seed). They have beer in Vegas too, right? Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. They have entertained us from start to finish. The Nashville Sounds, under erstwhile legendary Manager Rick Sweet and his veteran coaching staff, have played exemplary ball since the start of the 2022 season, and it culminated (for now) in a division championship after an extra-inning victory on the road Friday night. The Brewers' AAA club has provided support to the big-league team in terms of depth pieces, and it has been the proving ground for a couple of months now for a youthful new prospect core that is thriving. There's been little-to-no-controversary we're aware of, hard to avoid in the next-level down from MLB. Kudos, team, we "Bleed Sounds" with you, as your season mantra goes. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Transactions: - RHP Jake Cousins optioned from MLB Brewers to AAA Nashville (making room for the return of LHP Eric Lauer from injury) - INF Daniel Castillo released from ACL Brewers Blue - his pro journey recapped here, it included 19 games in Carolina in 2021 - RHP Braudin Ciprian of DSL-Brewers1 placed on the restricted list (60-game Stanozolol suspension) - we provide info on Ciprian's two-year stint thus far here Final: Nashville 6, Louisville (Reds) 3, ten innings Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review affiliate write-ups as part of your Link Report routine: Sounds Clinch Division Title in Louisville - Nashville Takes 12th Division Title with Extra Inning Triumph Pre-Game Media Notes / Box Score / Game Log Surely folks have tired of me indicating as such, but for a wonderful rundown of how the game played itself out and a treasure trove of statistical notes, please visit that game summary if you have not done so already. Then we can enhance that with our own tidbits and news - we'll drill that routine into 2023 and beyond. With help from forum poster @wiguy94 we learn - "AAA championship weekend is in Las Vegas this year. Nashville would play a one-game playoff against the International League East winner (currently Durham) on Saturday, October 1st. If they win that game, they will play a one-game playoff against the winner of the Pacific Coast League championship game for the AAA National Championship on Sunday, October 2nd." Stand proud, Hortonville, Wisconsin and UW-La Crosse! Guess who has a birthday on Saturday, October 1st? Ace RHP Caleb Boushley turns 29 that day. Think we can pencil Boushley in for that birthday start. Can't save him for a Sunday game that may not happen. One more year of Brewers control on Boushley, expect to see him a whole bunch in big league camp next spring. He has proven to be a heck of pick in the minor league phase of Rule 5 (via the Padres). Speaking of astute pickups, still two more years of organizational control over June trade acquisition Patrick Dorrian. The 26-year-old LH-hitting infielder was acquired from Baltimore for the always handy cash considerations. So many relievers bounced between Nashville and Milwaukee in 2022, yet one of them was not RHP Hobie Harris. Fifty-one appearances with a 1.08 WHIP, money. Harris followed Boushley with a perfect 7th, two K's. The fact that the WHIP is so low despite 27 walks in 51.2 IP reveals that Harris has allowed only 29 hits. That MLB debut will need to happen in another organization unless the pending minor league free agent is brought back for 2023. After exiting Thursday's game in the 9th inning, Sal Frelick did not play Friday. Brice Turang helped pick up the multiple-base hit slack in Frelick's absence with a double, single and two RBI. On the flip side, Joey Wiemer was back in the lineup for the first time since last Saturday the 17th, one single in five at-bats. Nice to have his .900 OPS in September back. We agree with the Voice of the Sounds! Here's a reminder on the rest of the Nashville regular season schedule as they prep for next Championship Weekend. It's a 12:05 Central Time game today (Saturday) to wrap up the Louisville series. After a day off Sunday, the Sounds get to host Memphis (Cardinals) Monday thru Wednesday. Then it's off to the bright lights of Sin City (where they will be the home team, having clinched the #1 seed). They have beer in Vegas too, right? Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  5. The Sounds raced to an 8-0 lead behind solid performances from Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz and young starter Victor Castaneda, then held on for a Game One victory. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  6. Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  7. Thread will be utilized for any minor league news Thursday, lineup updates, etc. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  8. 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
  9. 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
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