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  1. The Friday night rollercoaster twisted and turned in all directions: All 4 full season affiliates appeared in decent position to win in the early innings, with Nashville up 1-0, RHP Victor Castaneda retiring the first 9 batters he faced for Biloxi, Wes Clarke matching homer-for-homer to knot Wisconsin’s game 1-1 and Carolina tying up their contest at 2-2 in the 5th inning A few innings later, Nashville held the only lead, but reliever Peter Strzelecki was facing a bases loaded jam in that contest, putting the entire night in jeopardy. But Strzelecki escaped the jam and Cam Devanney came through for Biloxi with an 8th-inning, 2-out, 2-run game-tying homer, thus opening the door to a 2-2 night for our young heroes Then in a script which Hollywood studios would have written off as too farcical, Carolina battled back from the literal brink of defeat. Down 6-2 with 2 outs, 2 strikes and nobody on base in the 9th inning, it started with a Jheremy Vargas single and ended five batters later with a Hendry Mendez Walk-Off Grand Slam for an 8-6 victory And finally, Jakson Reetz smacked a 2-out, 9th inning RBI single to give Biloxi its first lead of the game, with the team holding on to a satisfying 4-3 fight-back victory In all, our affiliates went 3 and 1 on the most entertaining night we’ve seen in a while. Well done, Brewer minor leaguers!! Friday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Mendez, Reetz, Devanney, Castaneda and Jason Alexander. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 8, Down East 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mendez Caps Comeback With Walk-Off Grand Slam Although they had battled hard and seemed a bit unlucky to be down 6-2 heading into the 9th inning, this game certainly looked lost as the first two Mudcats struck out in the bottom of the 9th and Jheremy Vargas was down to his final strike in a 1-2 count. But let’s take it back to the beginning, where starter RHP Jefferson Figueroa was solid if not spectacular in covering the first 3 innings of the game, conceding an RBI double as the Wood Ducks took a 1-0 lead. RHP Miguel Segura relieved from the 4th inning and is apparently still amongst the “innings eaters” for the squad as he threw 74 pitches to take the game into the 8th inning. After giving up a 5th inning RBI single, the Mudcat offense answered with 2 runs on 3 doubles (by Hedbert Perez, Vargas and Zack Raabe) to knot the game at 2-2. Segura gave up a homer to open the 6th inning as Down East re-took the lead at 3-2, but continued without damage until issuing a full count walk and 1-out single in the 8th inning and giving way to usually-dominant RHP Michele Vassalotti. Unfortunately, Mr. Vassalotti was not sharp on this night, hitting the first batter and walking in a run. The team nearly escaped only down 4-2, but two more runs scored on a fielding error by first baseman Jesus Chirinos, setting the stage for the nearly-unfathomable comeback. The young men of Zebulon simply refused to lose, starting with Jheremy Vargas working the count full before lining a single the other way. Raabe followed with an RBI double, before Arbert Cipion walked to bring the potential game-tying run to the plate in the person of SS Eduardo Garcia. 0-for-4 to this point but undaunted nonetheless, Garcia lined an RBI single to center field before Down East brought in a new pitcher to face the youngest man in Low-A ball, Jackson Chourio. Fortunately, fresh pitcher Jackson Leath threw the ball away to allow Chourio aboard. Now down only 6-4, with the bases loaded and still 2 outs (yes, this was ALL happening with 2 outs), left-handed youngin' Hendry Mendez stepped to the plate and smashed the first pitch he saw the other way, down the left field line for a Walk-Off Grand Slam! What an unforgettable win for Victor Estevez' team!! Performances of Note: Hendry Mendez – 2-3, HR, 2 BBs, 4 RBIs Jheremy Vargas – 2-3, double, BB, RBI Zack Raabe – 2-4, double, 2 RBIs Arbert Cipion – 1-4, double, BB Hedbert Perez – 1-4, double Eduardo Garcia – 1-5, RBI Jefferson Figueroa – 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks Miguel Segura – 4 1/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 3 BBs, 1 balk, 4 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 2 BBs, 1 K Saturday’s outlook: Electric RHP Stiven Cruz (0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 24.0 K/9 in 3 innings) is slated to make his 2nd start of the season, as the Mudcats seek to clinch a series victory at home against Down East. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: South Bend Hits Three Homers to Get By Wisconsin A reminder of the excellent video recaps produced by the Timber Rattler media team: The game marked the return of LHP Russell Smith after a 13-day absence and he competed well through the first 3 innings. The teams exchanged 2nd inning solo homers, with Wes Clarke knotting it at 1-1 for his 4th home run of 2022. However, a leadoff 4th inning error, then first pitch single apparently rattled Smith, who then yielded a 3-run blast and a single before retiring his final 3 batters. Down 4-1 at that point, the Timber Rattlers only managed to put 2 runners on base from the 4th through 8th innings. RHP Joey Matulovich worked around two 5th inning singles to strike out 3 hitters, then RHP Max Lazar threw a clean 6th before a 2-run shot in the 7th inning appeared to put the game out of reach at 6-1. (Bright side: These were the only runs surrendered by Lazar over 4 innings.) Wisconsin did manage 1 run on 3 singles (Carlos D. Rodriguez RBI) in the 9th inning to put the potential game-tying run on deck, but that's as close as they got. In the Darrien Miller defense watch, Miller threw out 1 of 4 base stealers. Performances of Note: Carlos D. Rodriguez – 2-3, double, BB, RBI Wes Clarke – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristan Peters – 2-4, SB Ethan Murray – 1-3, SB Russell Smith (Loss) – 4 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Joey Matulovich – 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks Max Lazar – 4 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks Saturday’s outlook: Exceptional LHP Brandon Knarr (1.34 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 10.7 K/9 in 40 1/3 innings) is the scheduled starter, ready to snap Wisconsin’s 3-game skid at home against South Bend. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 4, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Reetz Ninth-Inning Single Lifts Shuckers to 4-3 Victory In a reversal of fortune from Thursday night's contest between these teams, it was Biloxi which came from behind late to grab a victory over Mississippi this night. The first 5 innings were a story of frustration, as the Shuckers stranded 6 runners without scoring. By contrast, the Braves cashed in on their very first opportunity with two 4th inning doubles, after RHP Victor Castaneda retired all 9 batters through 3 innings. Power Hitter (and apparently left fielder these past 2 games) Jakson Reetz blasted his 10th home run of 2022 to tie it back up at 1-1 in the 6th inning before Mississippi answered right with a 2-run shot for a 3-1 lead. The frustration continued in the 7th inning, with Cam Devanney, Yeison Coca and Joey Wiemer left stranded despite a double, walk and single respectively, done in by left fielder Jalen Miller’s incredible catch of Thomas Dillard’s fly ball at the wall which would have scored 3 runs against any ordinary being. Coming up again with 1-on (Reetz, via walk) and 2-out in the 8th inning, Devanney decided to take matters fully into his hands, driving a 2-run shot (his 5th of the year) to left to knot the score at 3-3. Stud reliever RHP Harold Chirino retired all 6 hitters he faced in the 7th and 8th innings to keep Biloxi squarely in it. Who would play hero in the 9th? Well, Mr. Reetz of course, knocking a 2-out, RBI single into center field to plate Felix Valerio, who'd reached via error and stolen 2nd base to get into scoring position. Zach Vennaro then closed the game out without drama with a 3-up, 3-down save of Biloxi's 4-3 win. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, BB, 2 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs Tristen Lutz – 2-5 Gabe Holt – 2-5 Victor Castaneda – 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Harold Chirino (Win) – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Saturday’s outlook: Experienced RHP Noah Zavolas (2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 in 3 1/3 innings) is ready to make his 2nd start of the 2022 season, with Biloxi aiming to take a 3-2 series lead on the road against the Mississippi Braves. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Louisville 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Shut Out Bats at First Horizon Park Don't be fooled by the scoreline as this game was much more competitive than a 4-0 Nashville victory suggests. After the Sounds stranded two runners in the 2nd inning, Andruw Monasterio (double) and Brice Turang (RBI single) combined on the game's first run in the 3rd inning. From that point, it was the RHP Jason Alexander Magic Show, escaping: 1st and 3rd nobody out in the 4th inning (fly out, double play grounder) 1st and 3rd nobody out in the 5th inning (and bases loaded 1 out) via a strikeout and double play grounder Clinging to that 1-0 lead, Monasterio (bunt single) and Turang (RBI single) also teamed up to double the lead in the 5th inning, before Tyler White connected on his 6th home run of 2022 for a 4-0 Sounds lead. However, RHP Peter Strzelecki continued the drama in the 6th inning by walking two after a single with 1 out. He struck out the next batter before running the count full and being bailed out by C Alex Jackson picking the runner off first base for the 3rd out, triggering an eruption and ejection for Bats' manager Pat Kelly. The bullpen combo of RHPs Miguel Sanchez, Matt Hardy and Connor Sadzeck calmed the waters from there, facing the minimum 9 batters over the final 3 innings. Mario Feliciano continues to re-assert his prospect status, raising his average to .293 with his 6-game hitting streak. Here are a few more Nashville-Louisville highlights from the night: Performances of Note: Tyler White – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 2-4, 2 RBIs, SB Mark Mathias – 2-3, BB Pablo Reyes – 2-4 Andruw Monasterio – 2-4 Mario Feliciano – 1-3, BB, SB Jason Alexander (Win) – 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BBs, 1 HBP, 5 Ks Peter Strzelecki – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Miguel Sanchez – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Matt Hardy – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Connor Sadzeck – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Saturday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom (2.58 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 8.0 K/9 in 38 1/3 innings) looks to continue his domination of AAA and lead Nashville to a 4-1 series lead at home against Louisville. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Let’s keep up the winning over the weekend! 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. Carolina comes back from a 4-run deficit with 2 outs in the 9th to win on a Hendry Mendez walk-off grand slam. Biloxi also battles to steal a 4-3 win. Nashville’s pitchers combined on a 5-hit, 4-0 shutout victory. Wisconsin’s bats never got going in a 6-2 loss. The Friday night rollercoaster twisted and turned in all directions: All 4 full season affiliates appeared in decent position to win in the early innings, with Nashville up 1-0, RHP Victor Castaneda retiring the first 9 batters he faced for Biloxi, Wes Clarke matching homer-for-homer to knot Wisconsin’s game 1-1 and Carolina tying up their contest at 2-2 in the 5th inning A few innings later, Nashville held the only lead, but reliever Peter Strzelecki was facing a bases loaded jam in that contest, putting the entire night in jeopardy. But Strzelecki escaped the jam and Cam Devanney came through for Biloxi with an 8th-inning, 2-out, 2-run game-tying homer, thus opening the door to a 2-2 night for our young heroes Then in a script which Hollywood studios would have written off as too farcical, Carolina battled back from the literal brink of defeat. Down 6-2 with 2 outs, 2 strikes and nobody on base in the 9th inning, it started with a Jheremy Vargas single and ended five batters later with a Hendry Mendez Walk-Off Grand Slam for an 8-6 victory And finally, Jakson Reetz smacked a 2-out, 9th inning RBI single to give Biloxi its first lead of the game, with the team holding on to a satisfying 4-3 fight-back victory In all, our affiliates went 3 and 1 on the most entertaining night we’ve seen in a while. Well done, Brewer minor leaguers!! Friday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Mendez, Reetz, Devanney, Castaneda and Jason Alexander. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 8, Down East 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Mendez Caps Comeback With Walk-Off Grand Slam Although they had battled hard and seemed a bit unlucky to be down 6-2 heading into the 9th inning, this game certainly looked lost as the first two Mudcats struck out in the bottom of the 9th and Jheremy Vargas was down to his final strike in a 1-2 count. But let’s take it back to the beginning, where starter RHP Jefferson Figueroa was solid if not spectacular in covering the first 3 innings of the game, conceding an RBI double as the Wood Ducks took a 1-0 lead. RHP Miguel Segura relieved from the 4th inning and is apparently still amongst the “innings eaters” for the squad as he threw 74 pitches to take the game into the 8th inning. After giving up a 5th inning RBI single, the Mudcat offense answered with 2 runs on 3 doubles (by Hedbert Perez, Vargas and Zack Raabe) to knot the game at 2-2. Segura gave up a homer to open the 6th inning as Down East re-took the lead at 3-2, but continued without damage until issuing a full count walk and 1-out single in the 8th inning and giving way to usually-dominant RHP Michele Vassalotti. Unfortunately, Mr. Vassalotti was not sharp on this night, hitting the first batter and walking in a run. The team nearly escaped only down 4-2, but two more runs scored on a fielding error by first baseman Jesus Chirinos, setting the stage for the nearly-unfathomable comeback. The young men of Zebulon simply refused to lose, starting with Jheremy Vargas working the count full before lining a single the other way. Raabe followed with an RBI double, before Arbert Cipion walked to bring the potential game-tying run to the plate in the person of SS Eduardo Garcia. 0-for-4 to this point but undaunted nonetheless, Garcia lined an RBI single to center field before Down East brought in a new pitcher to face the youngest man in Low-A ball, Jackson Chourio. Fortunately, fresh pitcher Jackson Leath threw the ball away to allow Chourio aboard. Now down only 6-4, with the bases loaded and still 2 outs (yes, this was ALL happening with 2 outs), left-handed youngin' Hendry Mendez stepped to the plate and smashed the first pitch he saw the other way, down the left field line for a Walk-Off Grand Slam! What an unforgettable win for Victor Estevez' team!! Performances of Note: Hendry Mendez – 2-3, HR, 2 BBs, 4 RBIs Jheremy Vargas – 2-3, double, BB, RBI Zack Raabe – 2-4, double, 2 RBIs Arbert Cipion – 1-4, double, BB Hedbert Perez – 1-4, double Eduardo Garcia – 1-5, RBI Jefferson Figueroa – 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BBs, 3 Ks Miguel Segura – 4 1/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 3 BBs, 1 balk, 4 Ks Junior Montero (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 2 BBs, 1 K Saturday’s outlook: Electric RHP Stiven Cruz (0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 24.0 K/9 in 3 innings) is slated to make his 2nd start of the season, as the Mudcats seek to clinch a series victory at home against Down East. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: South Bend 6, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: South Bend Hits Three Homers to Get By Wisconsin A reminder of the excellent video recaps produced by the Timber Rattler media team: The game marked the return of LHP Russell Smith after a 13-day absence and he competed well through the first 3 innings. The teams exchanged 2nd inning solo homers, with Wes Clarke knotting it at 1-1 for his 4th home run of 2022. However, a leadoff 4th inning error, then first pitch single apparently rattled Smith, who then yielded a 3-run blast and a single before retiring his final 3 batters. Down 4-1 at that point, the Timber Rattlers only managed to put 2 runners on base from the 4th through 8th innings. RHP Joey Matulovich worked around two 5th inning singles to strike out 3 hitters, then RHP Max Lazar threw a clean 6th before a 2-run shot in the 7th inning appeared to put the game out of reach at 6-1. (Bright side: These were the only runs surrendered by Lazar over 4 innings.) Wisconsin did manage 1 run on 3 singles (Carlos D. Rodriguez RBI) in the 9th inning to put the potential game-tying run on deck, but that's as close as they got. In the Darrien Miller defense watch, Miller threw out 1 of 4 base stealers. Performances of Note: Carlos D. Rodriguez – 2-3, double, BB, RBI Wes Clarke – 2-4, HR, RBI Tristan Peters – 2-4, SB Ethan Murray – 1-3, SB Russell Smith (Loss) – 4 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Joey Matulovich – 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks Max Lazar – 4 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 Ks Saturday’s outlook: Exceptional LHP Brandon Knarr (1.34 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 10.7 K/9 in 40 1/3 innings) is the scheduled starter, ready to snap Wisconsin’s 3-game skid at home against South Bend. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 4, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Reetz Ninth-Inning Single Lifts Shuckers to 4-3 Victory In a reversal of fortune from Thursday night's contest between these teams, it was Biloxi which came from behind late to grab a victory over Mississippi this night. The first 5 innings were a story of frustration, as the Shuckers stranded 6 runners without scoring. By contrast, the Braves cashed in on their very first opportunity with two 4th inning doubles, after RHP Victor Castaneda retired all 9 batters through 3 innings. Power Hitter (and apparently left fielder these past 2 games) Jakson Reetz blasted his 10th home run of 2022 to tie it back up at 1-1 in the 6th inning before Mississippi answered right with a 2-run shot for a 3-1 lead. The frustration continued in the 7th inning, with Cam Devanney, Yeison Coca and Joey Wiemer left stranded despite a double, walk and single respectively, done in by left fielder Jalen Miller’s incredible catch of Thomas Dillard’s fly ball at the wall which would have scored 3 runs against any ordinary being. Coming up again with 1-on (Reetz, via walk) and 2-out in the 8th inning, Devanney decided to take matters fully into his hands, driving a 2-run shot (his 5th of the year) to left to knot the score at 3-3. Stud reliever RHP Harold Chirino retired all 6 hitters he faced in the 7th and 8th innings to keep Biloxi squarely in it. Who would play hero in the 9th? Well, Mr. Reetz of course, knocking a 2-out, RBI single into center field to plate Felix Valerio, who'd reached via error and stolen 2nd base to get into scoring position. Zach Vennaro then closed the game out without drama with a 3-up, 3-down save of Biloxi's 4-3 win. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-4, HR, BB, 2 RBIs Cam Devanney – 2-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs Tristen Lutz – 2-5 Gabe Holt – 2-5 Victor Castaneda – 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks Harold Chirino (Win) – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Saturday’s outlook: Experienced RHP Noah Zavolas (2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 8.1 K/9 in 3 1/3 innings) is ready to make his 2nd start of the 2022 season, with Biloxi aiming to take a 3-2 series lead on the road against the Mississippi Braves. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Louisville 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Shut Out Bats at First Horizon Park Don't be fooled by the scoreline as this game was much more competitive than a 4-0 Nashville victory suggests. After the Sounds stranded two runners in the 2nd inning, Andruw Monasterio (double) and Brice Turang (RBI single) combined on the game's first run in the 3rd inning. From that point, it was the RHP Jason Alexander Magic Show, escaping: 1st and 3rd nobody out in the 4th inning (fly out, double play grounder) 1st and 3rd nobody out in the 5th inning (and bases loaded 1 out) via a strikeout and double play grounder Clinging to that 1-0 lead, Monasterio (bunt single) and Turang (RBI single) also teamed up to double the lead in the 5th inning, before Tyler White connected on his 6th home run of 2022 for a 4-0 Sounds lead. However, RHP Peter Strzelecki continued the drama in the 6th inning by walking two after a single with 1 out. He struck out the next batter before running the count full and being bailed out by C Alex Jackson picking the runner off first base for the 3rd out, triggering an eruption and ejection for Bats' manager Pat Kelly. The bullpen combo of RHPs Miguel Sanchez, Matt Hardy and Connor Sadzeck calmed the waters from there, facing the minimum 9 batters over the final 3 innings. Mario Feliciano continues to re-assert his prospect status, raising his average to .293 with his 6-game hitting streak. Here are a few more Nashville-Louisville highlights from the night: Performances of Note: Tyler White – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 2-4, 2 RBIs, SB Mark Mathias – 2-3, BB Pablo Reyes – 2-4 Andruw Monasterio – 2-4 Mario Feliciano – 1-3, BB, SB Jason Alexander (Win) – 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BBs, 1 HBP, 5 Ks Peter Strzelecki – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks Miguel Sanchez – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Matt Hardy – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Connor Sadzeck – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Saturday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom (2.58 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 8.0 K/9 in 38 1/3 innings) looks to continue his domination of AAA and lead Nashville to a 4-1 series lead at home against Louisville. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Let’s keep up the winning over the weekend! 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
  3. While the Sounds cruised to a comfortable Mother’s Day win, each of the Brewers’ other affiliates was left for dead late in their matchups: Carolina trailed 7-2 in the 8th inning Wisconsin had been out-hit 10 to 1 and was down 3-0 entering the bottom of the 9th inning Biloxi had 1 hit through 7 innings and was behind 2-0… …but each of those squads made their mothers proud by never giving up: Jackson Chourio homered to spark a 5-run Mudcat rally, though they eventually fell 9-7 The Timber Rattlers drew 5 walks, before Alex Hall’s 2-out, 2-run game-winning single Brent Diaz clobbered a tying 2-run blast, before the Shuckers lost in extra innings A few Game Balls on this special Sunday are reserved for the pitchers who kept throwing blanks to give their struggling offenses a chance (Tyler Herb, Jason Alexander, TJ Shook), while Jackson Chourio (4-for-4, 1st homer) was the star hitter of the day and Alex Hall was an offensive and defensive hero. Transactions: P Alec Bettinger was transferred to AAA Nashville’s Active Roster from the Development List Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 9, Carolina 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Goes 4-for-4 with a Home Run in 9-7 Loss Opening the game by giving up a leadoff double and then a run-scoring throwing error by 3B Alberis Ferrer on a sacrifice bunt obviously discombobulated normally solid RHP Brannon Jordan, who then walked a batter and gave up two singles to quickly put Carolina down 3-0 at home. Jordan was reasonably solid from that point, while OF Jackson Chourio kept trying to inspire the offense: Singling but not scoring in the 1st inning Singling, stealing second and scoring on a DH Hendry Mendez single to cut the Augusta lead to 3-1 in the 3rd inning Doubling in OF Arbert Cipion in the 5th inning to claw the game back to 5-2 Homering to cut it to 7-3 and lead a 5-run rally in the 8th inning Walking to lead off the 9th inning and bring the potential tying run to the plate with nobody out https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523370833464692736?cxt=HHwWgMDU3fXsjKQqAAAA After a Green Jacket infield hit and outfield hit chased Jordan to lead off the 5th inning, a steal of home and then a third Ferrer error pushed the deficit to 5-1. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523375915325353984?cxt=HHwWgMDTxdyUj6QqAAAA It felt like the game was likely over in the top of the 8th inning, when an infield single, walk and 2-out, opposite field triple off LHP Jakob Brustoski stretched the score to 7-2, but it only added to the drama. Starting with Chourio’s homer opposite field homer, the first 5 Mudcat hitters reached base in the bottom of the 8th inning, ultimately tying the game on 2B Zack Raabe’s first-pitch single to center to score OF Hedbert Perez. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523386691280531456?cxt=HHwWgMCr1fuHlKQqAAAA Unfortunately, RHP Brandon Ramey wasn’t able to keep it knotted up, as Augusta’s Stephen Paolini pulled a 1-out pitch out to right field to re-claim a lead which would hold up, forcing Carolina to split the 6-game series 3-3. MLB Pipeline thankfully put the Chourio highlights in one clip: https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/1523414349338931200?cxt=HHwWgMCjofDRoKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 4-4, HR, double, BB, 2 RBIs, SB Jesus Chirinos – 2-5 Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-4, RBI Zack Raabe – 1-4, RBI Brannon Jordan – 4 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 4 K Trevor Tietz – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Junior Montero – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Brandon Ramey (Loss) – 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 14-13 Mudcats return travel to Fayetteville (9-18), with RHP Ryne Moore (unless Mr. Moore (2.57 ERA through 28 innings) is on a bus to Quad Cities to join the Timber Rattlers) likely to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Do It Again! Wisconsin’s media team always does an amazing job, so please read their write-up and enjoy the video summary: https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523427911323500546?cxt=HHwWhIDS9aTnpqQqAAAA Players and fans may have been forgiven in thinking this was simply not Wisconsin’s day, as they’d had more players caught stealing (2) than hits (1) through 8 innings. However, Manager Joe Ayrault has instilled some crazy confidence in these Timber Rattlers, who found another way to win, this time despite being down 3-0 and out-hit 10-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning. RHP Max Lazar got the start, but was limited to just two innings (plus two leadoff walks in the 3rd inning) after pitching on Tuesday earlier in the week. Three TinCap 2nd inning hits put the Rattlers behind 2-0, which seemed likely to hold up against stellar Fort Wayne pitching. Thankfully, Wisconsin’s pitching and fielding kept them in the game, starting with RHP Tyler Gillies and C Alex Hall combining to eliminate that 2-on, nobody out 3rd inning threat: Strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out to catch the lead runner at 3rd base Another caught stealing, this time at 2nd base RHP TJ Shook came into the 2-0 game in the 4th inning, providing a near-certainty that the game would remain within reach: Two infield singles in the 5th inning didn’t faze Shook, who induced two ground-outs to exit that inning cleanly Shook responded to a 1-out, 7th inning double by striking out the next two batters However, a Fort Wayne run-scoring double off RHP Robbie Baker extended the TinCap lead to 3-0 in the 8th inning, which looked somewhat insurmountable after no Rattlers reached base in the bottom half of the inning. RHP James Meeker pitched around one single in the top of the 9th inning to give his mates one more chance. What a crazy finish: 5 walks and 2 strikeouts in the bottom of the 9th inning brought the Rattlers back to 3-2 with the bases loaded and 2 outs. That 5th walk was enough for the TinCap manager to call on a reliever to attempt to close it out. Likely counting on a first pitch strike, Hall received it and smacked the ball into right field to score Joe Gray Jr. and Tristan Peters with the game-winning runs. https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523412705981345792?cxt=HHwWgMCtpZzyn6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 1-3, BB, RBI Alex Hall – 1-4, 2 RBIs Ethan Murray – 0-1, 2 BB, 1 HBP Max Lazar – 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K Tyler Gillies – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K TJ Shook – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K James Meeker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Next week’s outlook: The 17-10 Timber Rattlers take the bus to Quad Cities (11-16), with LHP Brandon Knarr the expected Game One starter. Again, that’s unless the excellent Mr. Knarr (1.27 ERA through 28 1/3 innings) is heading to Mississippi on a promotion. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 4, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Walk-Off Home Run In Tenth Leads to Sweep of Shuckers After those amazing Carolina and Wisconsin comebacks, it really seemed too much to ask or expect that Biloxi would do the same. I mean, in the midst of a 6-game losing streak, down 2-0 with 2 outs in the 8th inning after mustering only 1 hit to that point in a frustrating contest, one could not reasonably expect the team to pull itself off the mat. And yet, the Shuckers showed their resiliency, tying it up against the odds and even taking an extra-inning lead before succumbing to the 7th straight loss, this one of the walk-off variety. RHP Tyler Herb was once again fantastic, starting a second game of the week and throwing blanks for 5 straight innings. Herb dispatched the most dangerous threat after a walk and hit in the 5th inning by notching a 3-pitch strikeout and inducing a 1-3 groundout. Unfortunately, Biloxi’s offense was downright pitiful through most of this one, putting the minimum number of men to the plate (21) through seven innings, though we must credit Montgomery’s terrific defense: A 1st inning walk by Sal Frelick was eliminated by being caught stealing A 5th inning Ashton McGee liner back to the pitcher enabled Felix Valerio (who’d singled) to be doubled up off of first base A 6th inning Cam Devanney liner to second base caught Brent Diaz (who’d walked) off of first base After solid 6th inning work by RHP Matt Hardy, the Biscuits ultimately grabbed a 2-0 lead with two doubles, a single and a sacrifice fly off of RHP Nash Walters in the 7th inning. However, with two outs in the top of the 8th inning, Biloxi responded, with McGee earning a full count walk and Brent Diaz pulling the first pitch he saw out to left field (his 3rd home runs of 2022) to knot the contest at 2-2. Diaz then threw out an attempted base stealer at 2nd base to send the game to extra innings, where McGee came through with a 2-out single to score Manfred’s ghost (Freddy Zamora) and give the Shuckers a 3-2 lead. However, the Biscuits’ opening hitter of the bottom of the 10th inning Evan Edwards gave his mother a nice memory, blasting a 1-2 pitch off of RHP JT Hintzen to score himself and Manfred’s ghost and give his squad 4-3 win and complete a 6-game sweep over Biloxi on the week. https://twitter.com/BiscuitBaseball/status/1523437862003220480?cxt=HHwWgICpob-qq6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Brent Diaz – 1-3, HR, BB, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-3, BB, RBI Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Tyler Herb – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K Matt Hardy – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP,0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K JT Hintzen (Loss) – 0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 12-15 Shuckers come home to lick their wounds and face Birmingham (11-16). RHP Victor Castaneda (2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings) is the likely starter of the first game of the 6-game set. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Shutout Tides on Mother’s Day Only the heroics of Alex Hall could prevent OF Jonathan Davis from claiming one of the Game Balls on this Mother’s Day. As a leadoff hitter, the 29-year old Davis is problem for other teams, showing why he’s played in the majors in 4 consecutive seasons. While 40-man roster RHP Alec Bettinger made his 2022 debut, successfully working around 5 base runners (2 hits, 3 walks) through 3 innings, the pesky Davis kept creating opportunities for the Sounds: First inning infield single and stolen base, though stranded at 3rd base Second inning single, scoring on a Jon Singleton walk to follow-up Keston Hiura’s RBI hit-by-pitch and extend the Sound lead to 2-0 Sixth inning single, coming home on a Singleton base hit to left field. 3-0 Nashville Eighth inning walk, though stranded https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523409308553125888?cxt=HHwWgICpvbusnqQqAAAA After OF David Dahl was scratched from the original Saturday line-up, it was great to see him back in right field on Sunday, with his 6th inning RBI single completing the scoring on this fine day. With Bettinger’s return, RHP Jason Alexander was bumped from starting but thankfully still got in his scheduled work, keeping zeros on the board from the 4th through the 8th innings to earn a deserved win. https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523401764321787904?cxt=HHwWgIDUyar1mqQqAAAA While Keston Hiura continues to hit righties well, I’m sure that Brewers’ brass is hoping he can face some lefties in AAA. Unfortunately, his first inning strikeout was his only chance against a left-handed pitcher in this one, as he went 1-for-3 against righties the rest of the way. We should recognize the nice work by 3B Mark Mathias to help Alec Bettinger keep a clean sheet: https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523388337590968321?cxt=HHwWgoCp0eXnlKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jonathan Davis – 3-4, BB, SB David Dahl – 2-5, RBI Weston Wilson – 2-4 Jon Singleton – 1-3, 2 BB, 2 RBIs Keston Hiura – 1-4, HBP, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, BB Brian Navarreto – 1-4, SB Alec Bettinger – 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 K Jason Alexander (Win) – 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K JC Mejia – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (20-9) heads to Jacksonville (18-12) this week, aiming to keep the good times rolling. Veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (2.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP in 27 innings) is the expected starting pitcher in the opening game. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  4. Alex Hall delivered the game-winning single to snatch a Rattler victory from defeat. Jackson Chourio had a special day, as a Mudcat rally fell just short. The Sounds threw their 5th shutout of this young season. Biloxi gave it their all in another close loss. While the Sounds cruised to a comfortable Mother’s Day win, each of the Brewers’ other affiliates was left for dead late in their matchups: Carolina trailed 7-2 in the 8th inning Wisconsin had been out-hit 10 to 1 and was down 3-0 entering the bottom of the 9th inning Biloxi had 1 hit through 7 innings and was behind 2-0… …but each of those squads made their mothers proud by never giving up: Jackson Chourio homered to spark a 5-run Mudcat rally, though they eventually fell 9-7 The Timber Rattlers drew 5 walks, before Alex Hall’s 2-out, 2-run game-winning single Brent Diaz clobbered a tying 2-run blast, before the Shuckers lost in extra innings A few Game Balls on this special Sunday are reserved for the pitchers who kept throwing blanks to give their struggling offenses a chance (Tyler Herb, Jason Alexander, TJ Shook), while Jackson Chourio (4-for-4, 1st homer) was the star hitter of the day and Alex Hall was an offensive and defensive hero. Transactions: P Alec Bettinger was transferred to AAA Nashville’s Active Roster from the Development List Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Augusta 9, Carolina 7 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Chourio Goes 4-for-4 with a Home Run in 9-7 Loss Opening the game by giving up a leadoff double and then a run-scoring throwing error by 3B Alberis Ferrer on a sacrifice bunt obviously discombobulated normally solid RHP Brannon Jordan, who then walked a batter and gave up two singles to quickly put Carolina down 3-0 at home. Jordan was reasonably solid from that point, while OF Jackson Chourio kept trying to inspire the offense: Singling but not scoring in the 1st inning Singling, stealing second and scoring on a DH Hendry Mendez single to cut the Augusta lead to 3-1 in the 3rd inning Doubling in OF Arbert Cipion in the 5th inning to claw the game back to 5-2 Homering to cut it to 7-3 and lead a 5-run rally in the 8th inning Walking to lead off the 9th inning and bring the potential tying run to the plate with nobody out https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523370833464692736?cxt=HHwWgMDU3fXsjKQqAAAA After a Green Jacket infield hit and outfield hit chased Jordan to lead off the 5th inning, a steal of home and then a third Ferrer error pushed the deficit to 5-1. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523375915325353984?cxt=HHwWgMDTxdyUj6QqAAAA It felt like the game was likely over in the top of the 8th inning, when an infield single, walk and 2-out, opposite field triple off LHP Jakob Brustoski stretched the score to 7-2, but it only added to the drama. Starting with Chourio’s homer opposite field homer, the first 5 Mudcat hitters reached base in the bottom of the 8th inning, ultimately tying the game on 2B Zack Raabe’s first-pitch single to center to score OF Hedbert Perez. https://twitter.com/CarolinaMudcats/status/1523386691280531456?cxt=HHwWgMCr1fuHlKQqAAAA Unfortunately, RHP Brandon Ramey wasn’t able to keep it knotted up, as Augusta’s Stephen Paolini pulled a 1-out pitch out to right field to re-claim a lead which would hold up, forcing Carolina to split the 6-game series 3-3. MLB Pipeline thankfully put the Chourio highlights in one clip: https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/1523414349338931200?cxt=HHwWgMCjofDRoKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jackson Chourio – 4-4, HR, double, BB, 2 RBIs, SB Jesus Chirinos – 2-5 Hendry Mendez – 1-3, BB, RBI Hedbert Perez – 1-4, RBI Zack Raabe – 1-4, RBI Brannon Jordan – 4 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 1 WP, 4 K Trevor Tietz – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Junior Montero – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Brandon Ramey (Loss) – 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 14-13 Mudcats return travel to Fayetteville (9-18), with RHP Ryne Moore (unless Mr. Moore (2.57 ERA through 28 innings) is on a bus to Quad Cities to join the Timber Rattlers) likely to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 4, Fort Wayne 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Rattlers Do It Again! Wisconsin’s media team always does an amazing job, so please read their write-up and enjoy the video summary: https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523427911323500546?cxt=HHwWhIDS9aTnpqQqAAAA Players and fans may have been forgiven in thinking this was simply not Wisconsin’s day, as they’d had more players caught stealing (2) than hits (1) through 8 innings. However, Manager Joe Ayrault has instilled some crazy confidence in these Timber Rattlers, who found another way to win, this time despite being down 3-0 and out-hit 10-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning. RHP Max Lazar got the start, but was limited to just two innings (plus two leadoff walks in the 3rd inning) after pitching on Tuesday earlier in the week. Three TinCap 2nd inning hits put the Rattlers behind 2-0, which seemed likely to hold up against stellar Fort Wayne pitching. Thankfully, Wisconsin’s pitching and fielding kept them in the game, starting with RHP Tyler Gillies and C Alex Hall combining to eliminate that 2-on, nobody out 3rd inning threat: Strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out to catch the lead runner at 3rd base Another caught stealing, this time at 2nd base RHP TJ Shook came into the 2-0 game in the 4th inning, providing a near-certainty that the game would remain within reach: Two infield singles in the 5th inning didn’t faze Shook, who induced two ground-outs to exit that inning cleanly Shook responded to a 1-out, 7th inning double by striking out the next two batters However, a Fort Wayne run-scoring double off RHP Robbie Baker extended the TinCap lead to 3-0 in the 8th inning, which looked somewhat insurmountable after no Rattlers reached base in the bottom half of the inning. RHP James Meeker pitched around one single in the top of the 9th inning to give his mates one more chance. What a crazy finish: 5 walks and 2 strikeouts in the bottom of the 9th inning brought the Rattlers back to 3-2 with the bases loaded and 2 outs. That 5th walk was enough for the TinCap manager to call on a reliever to attempt to close it out. Likely counting on a first pitch strike, Hall received it and smacked the ball into right field to score Joe Gray Jr. and Tristan Peters with the game-winning runs. https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1523412705981345792?cxt=HHwWgMCtpZzyn6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Micah Bello – 1-3, BB, RBI Alex Hall – 1-4, 2 RBIs Ethan Murray – 0-1, 2 BB, 1 HBP Max Lazar – 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K Tyler Gillies – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K TJ Shook – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K James Meeker (Win) – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 WP, 2 K Next week’s outlook: The 17-10 Timber Rattlers take the bus to Quad Cities (11-16), with LHP Brandon Knarr the expected Game One starter. Again, that’s unless the excellent Mr. Knarr (1.27 ERA through 28 1/3 innings) is heading to Mississippi on a promotion. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Montgomery 4, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Walk-Off Home Run In Tenth Leads to Sweep of Shuckers After those amazing Carolina and Wisconsin comebacks, it really seemed too much to ask or expect that Biloxi would do the same. I mean, in the midst of a 6-game losing streak, down 2-0 with 2 outs in the 8th inning after mustering only 1 hit to that point in a frustrating contest, one could not reasonably expect the team to pull itself off the mat. And yet, the Shuckers showed their resiliency, tying it up against the odds and even taking an extra-inning lead before succumbing to the 7th straight loss, this one of the walk-off variety. RHP Tyler Herb was once again fantastic, starting a second game of the week and throwing blanks for 5 straight innings. Herb dispatched the most dangerous threat after a walk and hit in the 5th inning by notching a 3-pitch strikeout and inducing a 1-3 groundout. Unfortunately, Biloxi’s offense was downright pitiful through most of this one, putting the minimum number of men to the plate (21) through seven innings, though we must credit Montgomery’s terrific defense: A 1st inning walk by Sal Frelick was eliminated by being caught stealing A 5th inning Ashton McGee liner back to the pitcher enabled Felix Valerio (who’d singled) to be doubled up off of first base A 6th inning Cam Devanney liner to second base caught Brent Diaz (who’d walked) off of first base After solid 6th inning work by RHP Matt Hardy, the Biscuits ultimately grabbed a 2-0 lead with two doubles, a single and a sacrifice fly off of RHP Nash Walters in the 7th inning. However, with two outs in the top of the 8th inning, Biloxi responded, with McGee earning a full count walk and Brent Diaz pulling the first pitch he saw out to left field (his 3rd home runs of 2022) to knot the contest at 2-2. Diaz then threw out an attempted base stealer at 2nd base to send the game to extra innings, where McGee came through with a 2-out single to score Manfred’s ghost (Freddy Zamora) and give the Shuckers a 3-2 lead. However, the Biscuits’ opening hitter of the bottom of the 10th inning Evan Edwards gave his mother a nice memory, blasting a 1-2 pitch off of RHP JT Hintzen to score himself and Manfred’s ghost and give his squad 4-3 win and complete a 6-game sweep over Biloxi on the week. https://twitter.com/BiscuitBaseball/status/1523437862003220480?cxt=HHwWgICpob-qq6QqAAAA Performances of Note: Brent Diaz – 1-3, HR, BB, 2 RBIs Ashton McGee – 1-3, BB, RBI Felix Valerio – 1-3, BB Tyler Herb – 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K Matt Hardy – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K Zach Vennaro – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Arnaldo Hernandez – 1 IP,0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K JT Hintzen (Loss) – 0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K Next week’s outlook: The 12-15 Shuckers come home to lick their wounds and face Birmingham (11-16). RHP Victor Castaneda (2.31 ERA, 1.11 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings) is the likely starter of the first game of the 6-game set. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 4, Norfolk 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Sounds Shutout Tides on Mother’s Day Only the heroics of Alex Hall could prevent OF Jonathan Davis from claiming one of the Game Balls on this Mother’s Day. As a leadoff hitter, the 29-year old Davis is problem for other teams, showing why he’s played in the majors in 4 consecutive seasons. While 40-man roster RHP Alec Bettinger made his 2022 debut, successfully working around 5 base runners (2 hits, 3 walks) through 3 innings, the pesky Davis kept creating opportunities for the Sounds: First inning infield single and stolen base, though stranded at 3rd base Second inning single, scoring on a Jon Singleton walk to follow-up Keston Hiura’s RBI hit-by-pitch and extend the Sound lead to 2-0 Sixth inning single, coming home on a Singleton base hit to left field. 3-0 Nashville Eighth inning walk, though stranded https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523409308553125888?cxt=HHwWgICpvbusnqQqAAAA After OF David Dahl was scratched from the original Saturday line-up, it was great to see him back in right field on Sunday, with his 6th inning RBI single completing the scoring on this fine day. With Bettinger’s return, RHP Jason Alexander was bumped from starting but thankfully still got in his scheduled work, keeping zeros on the board from the 4th through the 8th innings to earn a deserved win. https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523401764321787904?cxt=HHwWgIDUyar1mqQqAAAA While Keston Hiura continues to hit righties well, I’m sure that Brewers’ brass is hoping he can face some lefties in AAA. Unfortunately, his first inning strikeout was his only chance against a left-handed pitcher in this one, as he went 1-for-3 against righties the rest of the way. We should recognize the nice work by 3B Mark Mathias to help Alec Bettinger keep a clean sheet: https://twitter.com/nashvillesounds/status/1523388337590968321?cxt=HHwWgoCp0eXnlKQqAAAA Performances of Note: Jonathan Davis – 3-4, BB, SB David Dahl – 2-5, RBI Weston Wilson – 2-4 Jon Singleton – 1-3, 2 BB, 2 RBIs Keston Hiura – 1-4, HBP, RBI Brice Turang – 1-4, BB Brian Navarreto – 1-4, SB Alec Bettinger – 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 1 WP, 3 K Jason Alexander (Win) – 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K JC Mejia – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Next week’s outlook: Nashville (20-9) heads to Jacksonville (18-12) this week, aiming to keep the good times rolling. Veteran RHP Josh Lindblom (2.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP in 27 innings) is the expected starting pitcher in the opening game. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Enjoy your travel day, young fellas! 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  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. Transactions: OF/IF Noah Campbell was promoted from High-A Wisconsin to AA Biloxi, providing much-needed depth after the recent Korry Howell and Hayden Cantrelle trades. The ultra-versatile Campbell was at Carolina for all of 2021 (.775 OPS), so for the moment at least, is bypassing the High-A level. 25-year-old LHP Scott Sunitsch was placed on the 10-day injured list at Biloxi. Sunitsch is apparently still working his way back from 2021 hip surgery, though it's possible this placement is unrelated. Due to the lost Covid season, Sunitsch last saw action at the two A-Ball levels in 2019 - 28 appearances, 26 of them starts. LHP Jakob Brustoski was assigned to Low-A Carolina, This will be Brustoski’s official organizational (and pro) debut, as the recently-turned-23-year-old had Tommy John surgery in December 2020, causing him to miss his junior year at Texas Tech. The Brewers signed him as an undrafted free agent in February 2021. Also, thanks to a poster's contribution link on the Minor League Forum, we got some clarity on the what the "Development List" is all about. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Durham (Rays) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please review: Jason Alexander Pitches Sounds to Win - Right-hander Tosses Five Scoreless Innings to Even Series We'll be up front with everyone, it's too long a season and too easy a reference, so for Jason Alexander's sake, you won't see Seinfeld/Costanza comments here very often. This fantastic feature article from last December is the definitive chronicling of Alexander's baseball journey. Since this was Alexander's Brewers organization debut, this is a fine chance to familiarize yourself with him. 113 MPH off the bat? How's the webbing in your glove this morning, Jamie Westbrook? The relief trio of RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP J.C. Mejia, and RHP Miguel Sanchez made their 2022 debuts. It will be interesting to see how long it is prior to Perdomo being stretched out. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 13, Pensacola (Marlins) 11, 11 innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: What A Night! Shuckers Win Season Opener In Wild 11-Inning Affair - Valerio Homer Wins It For Biloxi First of all thank you Mets, for the January 2019 trade in which Keon Broxton turned into RHP Adam Hill (who was later flipped for Omar Narvaez) and a Dominican Summer League lottery pick in the 5'7" Felix Valerio. Hope you digested Garrett Greene's report just above, because where do we begin? Had the MiLB.TV video feed of the Pensacola broadcast on one device while synching (or attempting to) the Biloxi audio on another. It made for late-night fun for sure (game time 4:08). Check out the early-inning action here, you'll see a Garrett Mitchell triple, Joey Wiemer's first AA hit (plus showing off his cannon from right field), all which the Shuckers tweeted last night. But this video includes our only view of Tristen Lutz' HR as well. Might as well make your first AA knock ultra-productive, Freddy Zamora! Unfortunately, 3B Ashton McGee had to leave the game after a very awkward slide into home on this play. Total speculation, but that can't be good for one's shoulder. Here's hoping it's only a day-to-day, love McGee (.913 OPS in 2021) and the cleanup choice in a stacked lineup. By the way, 5'7" for Felix is being generous... Talk about immediate "Hello, Old Friend" - part of a 3-for-6 night: The Shuckers won despite committing four infield errors, they did eventually get to 18-year-old RHP phenom Eury Perez, but only after three dominant innings, and we haven't touched on the Shucker arms in this game. One of those wild nights where you just dig into the box and log and explore. Enjoy! *** Details on the Timber Rattlers postponement - Wet field conditions delay season-opener, juggles opening weekend schedule for Wisconsin *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 6, Down East (Rangers) 3 Box Score / Game Log We don't see an online version of the game summary quite yet, so we'll copy and paste the press release: Cipion Drives in Four in 6-3 Opening Night Victory The Mudcats defeated Down East 6-3 with 3,999 in attendance on Opening Night ZEBULON – Arbert Cipion matched a career high with four RBI, and Micah Bello scored three times as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Down East Wood Ducks 6-3 in front of an Opening Night crowd of 3,999 on Friday night at Five County Stadium. Reliever Christian Tripp earned the victory and Michele Vassalotti earned his first career save. The Mudcats (1-0) originally fell behind 1-0 in the second before tying things at 1-1 thanks to Cipion’s first of two run scoring doubles in the game. Carolina then took a 2-1 lead when Jheremy Vargas singled and scored on a RBI single from Hendry Mendez. Bello made it 3-1 in the fourth when he doubled and scored on a Cipion groundout. The Wood Ducks (0-1) later bounced back with two runs off Carolina starter Ryne Moore to tie the game, but Carolina answered with two more in the sixth and one in the eighth to get the Opening Night victory. Cipion drove in both Carolina runs in the sixth with a two-run double, and Bello scored from third on a double steal (with Cipion taking second) in the eighth. Tripp (1-0, 0.00) earned the win after working through three straight scoreless innings. He entered in the sixth and retired eight straight before walking a batter in the eighth. He also followed Moore who had worked through five innings with three runs allowed on five hits. Moore’s only blemish was a game-tying two run single given up to Maximo Acosta in the fifth. TOP PERFORMERS - BATTERS: Bello, DH (Carolina): 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI Cipion, LF (Carolina): 2-for-3, 0 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI Quero, C (Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI TOP PERFORMERS - PITCHERS: Moore (Carolina): 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO Tripp (W, 1-0) (Carolina): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO Vassalotti (S, 1) (Carolina): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO Hey, way to go, Zebulon, couldn't fudge the number to get a 4,000th fan in the ballpark? Great turnout! He won't turn 22 until next month, but speedster Arbert Cipion is working on his 5th pro year (the lost Covid season counts for service time). He was the Crew's 9th round pick in 2018 out of a New Jersey high school. It's been a struggle (nearly 44% K rate), but it'd be neat if this was one of those development-of-raw-tool-stories. Two doubles and a walk for Micah Bello, who was the DH here. Now 21, folks may have forgotten that Bello was the 73rd overall pick in that same 2018 draft. Nice work by the two big RHP's in Ryne Moore and Christian Tripp. Tripp, the former Mets farmhand who was a victim of their Covid-era releases, just turned 25. Importantly, he only walked one in three innings, as control was an issue in 2021's Carolina debut (20 BB's in 25.1 IP). Keep that up and he'll be bumped to a more age-appropriate level soon. Folks, I did take in much of this game via MiLB.TV, and wow, nice first 2022 impression Jeferson Quero (2-for-4). The Brewers' prized catcher just exudes maturity, and his triple was a laser beam over the center fielder's head punctuated with an athletic slide into third. One bummer - Carolina's social media presence, at least in terms of within-game video highlights and such, is in a state of transition as of now. The Mudcats had one of the premier online entertaining identities in all of MiLB for the past few years, hopefully they can strive to regain at least part of that. *** We're not going to be able to make note of Brewers alumni each and every night (not even close), however it was quite a week thus far, particularly Friday night. From earlier this week, we missed David Fry's (J.C. Mejia trade) first home run in the Guardians' organization - RHP Evan Reifert (Mike Brosseau trade) made his AA debut in style last night, just 15 pitches to do this: Did we all see catcher Payton Henry (John Curtiss trade) made Miami's opening big league roster? Wonderful AA start to the season for Reese Olson (Daniel Norris trade). Third baseman Alex Binelas was 2-for-4 in his High-A Boston system debut Friday night. And his trade partner in the JBJ/Hunter Renfroe deal, David Hamilton, had a Red Sox AA debut for the ages, oh of course he stole a base, too. *** Saturday 4/9: Make note of the gametime starts as you plan your Brewers prospect Saturday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores
  8. After allowing the AAA club to bask in their solo spotlight for a bit, it was time to peel back the curtain on a full slate of games for the Brewers' affiliates. Mother Nature had other ideas, but hey, an undefeated night is an undefeated night! Transactions: OF/IF Noah Campbell was promoted from High-A Wisconsin to AA Biloxi, providing much-needed depth after the recent Korry Howell and Hayden Cantrelle trades. The ultra-versatile Campbell was at Carolina for all of 2021 (.775 OPS), so for the moment at least, is bypassing the High-A level. 25-year-old LHP Scott Sunitsch was placed on the 10-day injured list at Biloxi. Sunitsch is apparently still working his way back from 2021 hip surgery, though it's possible this placement is unrelated. Due to the lost Covid season, Sunitsch last saw action at the two A-Ball levels in 2019 - 28 appearances, 26 of them starts. LHP Jakob Brustoski was assigned to Low-A Carolina, This will be Brustoski’s official organizational (and pro) debut, as the recently-turned-23-year-old had Tommy John surgery in December 2020, causing him to miss his junior year at Texas Tech. The Brewers signed him as an undrafted free agent in February 2021. Also, thanks to a poster's contribution link on the Minor League Forum, we got some clarity on the what the "Development List" is all about. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Durham (Rays) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please review: Jason Alexander Pitches Sounds to Win - Right-hander Tosses Five Scoreless Innings to Even Series We'll be up front with everyone, it's too long a season and too easy a reference, so for Jason Alexander's sake, you won't see Seinfeld/Costanza comments here very often. This fantastic feature article from last December is the definitive chronicling of Alexander's baseball journey. Since this was Alexander's Brewers organization debut, this is a fine chance to familiarize yourself with him. 113 MPH off the bat? How's the webbing in your glove this morning, Jamie Westbrook? The relief trio of RHP Luis Perdomo, RHP J.C. Mejia, and RHP Miguel Sanchez made their 2022 debuts. It will be interesting to see how long it is prior to Perdomo being stretched out. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 13, Pensacola (Marlins) 11, 11 innings Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: What A Night! Shuckers Win Season Opener In Wild 11-Inning Affair - Valerio Homer Wins It For Biloxi First of all thank you Mets, for the January 2019 trade in which Keon Broxton turned into RHP Adam Hill (who was later flipped for Omar Narvaez) and a Dominican Summer League lottery pick in the 5'7" Felix Valerio. Hope you digested Garrett Greene's report just above, because where do we begin? Had the MiLB.TV video feed of the Pensacola broadcast on one device while synching (or attempting to) the Biloxi audio on another. It made for late-night fun for sure (game time 4:08). Check out the early-inning action here, you'll see a Garrett Mitchell triple, Joey Wiemer's first AA hit (plus showing off his cannon from right field), all which the Shuckers tweeted last night. But this video includes our only view of Tristen Lutz' HR as well. Might as well make your first AA knock ultra-productive, Freddy Zamora! Unfortunately, 3B Ashton McGee had to leave the game after a very awkward slide into home on this play. Total speculation, but that can't be good for one's shoulder. Here's hoping it's only a day-to-day, love McGee (.913 OPS in 2021) and the cleanup choice in a stacked lineup. By the way, 5'7" for Felix is being generous... Talk about immediate "Hello, Old Friend" - part of a 3-for-6 night: The Shuckers won despite committing four infield errors, they did eventually get to 18-year-old RHP phenom Eury Perez, but only after three dominant innings, and we haven't touched on the Shucker arms in this game. One of those wild nights where you just dig into the box and log and explore. Enjoy! *** Details on the Timber Rattlers postponement - Wet field conditions delay season-opener, juggles opening weekend schedule for Wisconsin *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 6, Down East (Rangers) 3 Box Score / Game Log We don't see an online version of the game summary quite yet, so we'll copy and paste the press release: Cipion Drives in Four in 6-3 Opening Night Victory The Mudcats defeated Down East 6-3 with 3,999 in attendance on Opening Night ZEBULON – Arbert Cipion matched a career high with four RBI, and Micah Bello scored three times as the Carolina Mudcats defeated the Down East Wood Ducks 6-3 in front of an Opening Night crowd of 3,999 on Friday night at Five County Stadium. Reliever Christian Tripp earned the victory and Michele Vassalotti earned his first career save. The Mudcats (1-0) originally fell behind 1-0 in the second before tying things at 1-1 thanks to Cipion’s first of two run scoring doubles in the game. Carolina then took a 2-1 lead when Jheremy Vargas singled and scored on a RBI single from Hendry Mendez. Bello made it 3-1 in the fourth when he doubled and scored on a Cipion groundout. The Wood Ducks (0-1) later bounced back with two runs off Carolina starter Ryne Moore to tie the game, but Carolina answered with two more in the sixth and one in the eighth to get the Opening Night victory. Cipion drove in both Carolina runs in the sixth with a two-run double, and Bello scored from third on a double steal (with Cipion taking second) in the eighth. Tripp (1-0, 0.00) earned the win after working through three straight scoreless innings. He entered in the sixth and retired eight straight before walking a batter in the eighth. He also followed Moore who had worked through five innings with three runs allowed on five hits. Moore’s only blemish was a game-tying two run single given up to Maximo Acosta in the fifth. TOP PERFORMERS - BATTERS: Bello, DH (Carolina): 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI Cipion, LF (Carolina): 2-for-3, 0 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI Quero, C (Carolina): 2-for-4, 2 R, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI TOP PERFORMERS - PITCHERS: Moore (Carolina): 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO Tripp (W, 1-0) (Carolina): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO Vassalotti (S, 1) (Carolina): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO Hey, way to go, Zebulon, couldn't fudge the number to get a 4,000th fan in the ballpark? Great turnout! He won't turn 22 until next month, but speedster Arbert Cipion is working on his 5th pro year (the lost Covid season counts for service time). He was the Crew's 9th round pick in 2018 out of a New Jersey high school. It's been a struggle (nearly 44% K rate), but it'd be neat if this was one of those development-of-raw-tool-stories. Two doubles and a walk for Micah Bello, who was the DH here. Now 21, folks may have forgotten that Bello was the 73rd overall pick in that same 2018 draft. Nice work by the two big RHP's in Ryne Moore and Christian Tripp. Tripp, the former Mets farmhand who was a victim of their Covid-era releases, just turned 25. Importantly, he only walked one in three innings, as control was an issue in 2021's Carolina debut (20 BB's in 25.1 IP). Keep that up and he'll be bumped to a more age-appropriate level soon. Folks, I did take in much of this game via MiLB.TV, and wow, nice first 2022 impression Jeferson Quero (2-for-4). The Brewers' prized catcher just exudes maturity, and his triple was a laser beam over the center fielder's head punctuated with an athletic slide into third. One bummer - Carolina's social media presence, at least in terms of within-game video highlights and such, is in a state of transition as of now. The Mudcats had one of the premier online entertaining identities in all of MiLB for the past few years, hopefully they can strive to regain at least part of that. *** We're not going to be able to make note of Brewers alumni each and every night (not even close), however it was quite a week thus far, particularly Friday night. From earlier this week, we missed David Fry's (J.C. Mejia trade) first home run in the Guardians' organization - RHP Evan Reifert (Mike Brosseau trade) made his AA debut in style last night, just 15 pitches to do this: Did we all see catcher Payton Henry (John Curtiss trade) made Miami's opening big league roster? Wonderful AA start to the season for Reese Olson (Daniel Norris trade). Third baseman Alex Binelas was 2-for-4 in his High-A Boston system debut Friday night. And his trade partner in the JBJ/Hunter Renfroe deal, David Hamilton, had a Red Sox AA debut for the ages, oh of course he stole a base, too. *** Saturday 4/9: Make note of the gametime starts as you plan your Brewers prospect Saturday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores View full article
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