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  1. Thread will be utilized for any minor league news Monday, lineup updates, etc. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  2. The Sounds raced to an 8-0 lead behind solid performances from Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz and young starter Victor Castaneda, then held on for a Game One victory. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  3. Monday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Frelick, Ruiz and Castaneda, as well as Pedro Severino and Hobie Harris. Transactions: RHP Jake Cousins recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Trevor Kelley optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers Game Action: Final: Nashville 8, Louisville 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Hold Off Louisville After Hot Start OF Sal Frelick (3-for-5, double, RBI) opened the game with a single to extend his on-base streak to a whopping 36 games and the Sounds were essentially off to the races from there. Two-out RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton and 2B Patrick Dorrian gave Nashville an early 2-0 lead before starting RHP Victor Castaneda had even thrown a pitch. Not satisfied with just a two-run lead, Frelick smacked an RBI double for a third run in the 2nd inning, in which the Sounds poured misery on the Bats to score six runs on three doubles and three singles for an 8-0 advantage. In the offensive explosion, OF Esteury Ruiz (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs, SB) and DH Cam Devanney each contributed two-run doubles and C Pedro Severino (2-for-5, RBI) added an RBI single. Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks) was solid in his second AAA start of 2022, conceding only two runs and exiting with an 8-2 lead after five innings of work. It was 8-4 when things tightened up against RHP JC Mejia in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Louisville snatching two runs on three hits and bringing the tying run to the plate twice. Thankfully, Mejia stepped up to induce a groundout and strike out to end the threat. Now 8-6 and with the Bats having a glimmer of hope, RHP Hobie “No Nonsense” Harris entered for the 9th inning, garnering three straight outs to earn his seventh save and lower his ERA to 2.13. Three Quick Strikes: A 5th inning stolen base for Ruiz gives him 80 thefts on the season (the most in the minors) vs. 13 times caught. Coupled with his OPS of 1.003 in 511 AA/AAA plate appearances, it’s difficult to contain excitement at the prospect of this 23-year-old eventually wreaking havoc for the Brewers in the majors. The 6th inning saw the return of RHP Dylan File, who gave up two runs in his first game action since August 26th. Welcome back Dylan! After scuffling a bit in some recent appearances, RHP Zack Brown gave the team a scoreless 7th inning, working around a one-out double in the process. Tuesday’s outlook: RHP Josh Lindblom is scheduled to take the mound for Game Two of this week’s series in Louisville, aiming to continue a highly productive run (5-0 record in last six starts, with an ERA of 2.06 and 40 Ks in 35 innings during this stretch). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Tuesday! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. Thread will be utilized for any minor league news Wednesday, lineup updates, etc. Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  5. Josh Lindblom covered six scoreless innings for the Sounds, Victor Castaneda delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Shuckers and Alexander Cornielle provided five innings of one-run ball for the Timber Rattlers in a winning night on the farm. Doston’s two homers tripled his career long ball production, as the speed-first 21-year old outfielder demonstrated his mettle and potential in a three-hit, four-RBI game for AA Biloxi. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Castaneda, Lindblom and Doston, as well as Pedro Severino, with an honorable mention to Patrick Dorrian. Transactions: RHP Justin Topa designated the 29th man for MLB Brewers' Thursday doubleheader, coming up from AAA Nashville OF Esteury Ruiz optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (with INF Mike Brosseau replacing him on the MLB roster) RHP Luis Contreras promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Charlotte 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom Stellar as Sounds Top Knights RHP Josh Lindblom (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks) gave Nashville the lift it needed with six scoreless, two-hit innings (95 pitches), his fifth straight solid start, exiting with a comfortable 5-0 lead. Offensively, the team pounded out 17 hits, with four hits in the 1st inning producing two runs on RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-5, double, RBI) and OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). Four more hits in the 5th inning extended the lead to 5-0, with Singleton (double), Wiemer (RBI single) and C Pedro Severino (RBI double; 2-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) in particular coming through. However, things tightened up in the bottom of the 7th inning, as RHP Hobie Harris had a rare rough outing, conceding three runs before being ejected alongside Manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Al LeBoeuf with the score narrowed to 5-3. Leave it to the legendary Mr. Sweet to get ejected in the game which earned him his 2,181st victory, moving him into 6th all time in the history of minor league baseball. Thankfully, the hits just kept coming for the Sounds, who brought in three runs on four hits in the top of the 8th inning to get back to a more comfortable 8-3 position, including 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, RBI) hitting his ninth dinger of the season. The win cuts this week’s series deficit in Charlotte to 2-1, but with Columbus also winning the Sounds first place advantage remains just 3.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Every Sound in the starting lineup collected a hit in this game, including three from OF Matt Lipka, two each from Pablo Reyes and Weston Wilson and one each from Cam Devanney and Sal Frelick, who extended his on-base streak to 26 games. Many online posters wonder why RHP Jake Cousins hasn’t gotten the recall to the majors yet after recovering from an injury, but the reality is that he’s still working his way back to form. On this night, Cousins conceded an 8th inning run, meaning he’s given up a run in six of his last ten outings, though thankfully with no multi-run catastrophes. Just-turned 23-year old RHP Cam Robinson also hasn’t quite adjusted to AAA ball yet, giving up two runs in the 9th inning of this game. After a Severino 9th inning homer to boost the lead to 9-4, Dorrian flied out and apparently decided to give the umpires his opinion on their earlier behavior, so he joined his coaches and teammate in receiving an early exit instruction. Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his second-ever start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives to even the series 2-2 and keep second place Columbus at bay. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Doston's Career Night Drives Shuckers 5-3 Victory In your daily reminder that everyone in the system is a legitimate prospect, speedy OF Terence Doston (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, SB) smacked two home runs and drove in four runs in a breakout performance for the 21-year old former two-sport high school star. Each of Doston’s hits was of the clutch variety, starting with a 5th inning solo shot to give Biloxi a 2-1 lead, an RBI single in the 6th inning to extend it to 3-1 and then a two-run homer in the 8th inning to provide much needed insurance after the Braves had clawed back to 3-2. On the mound, RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks) brought his season ERA back down to 3.97 with a much-needed effort on Thursday, winning his fourth game of the year and exiting after five innings with a 2-1 lead. The walks will obviously worry him, but sometimes you have to bulldog your way through. The Shuckers win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, aided by four stolen bases (including 2B Felix Valerio’s 29th of the year and burly-looking yet fleet-of-foot 1B Thomas Dillard’s 13th) with nobody caught stealing. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing LHP Clayton Andrews (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) delivered a second straight encouraging shutout inning as he sets his sights on big things in 2023, while Ryan Middendorf (2 IP, 1 R) continues to adjust to life in Biloxi and free agent-to-be RHP Robbie Baker earned his first AA save despite allowing one run. Some followers may have expected better hitting numbers from Doston (.692 career OPS; .640 OPS in AA/High-A ball this year) after he was given a $125,000 signing bonus in the 2019 draft, but it’s probably better to think of him along the lines of former Brewer OF Monte Harrison or current Nashville RHP Lucas Erceg: extremely athletic young men who need time to figure out how to get the most out of their talent on the field. Expect Doston to remain at AA Biloxi next season, with the Brewers hoping that his talent begins to shine consistently. 3B Yeison Coca unfortunately exited in the 6th inning immediately after being hit by a pitch. Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a win to even the series 2-2. Solid work in Knarr’s last few outings have lowered his ERA in AA ball to 3.87 (76 2/3 IP), with a season ERA of 2.89 when including his early season domination for Wisconsin. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes (link goes to roster instead) Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Beats Beloit 5-1 for Third Straight Win As always for Wisconsin home games, nothing beats the video recap from the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: 21-year RHP Alexander Cornielle (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) continues to cement his prospect status, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball in the Timber Rattlers third straight victory over the Sky Carp. However, it was a tight contest, 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning after reliever RHP Joey Matulovich (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) followed up Cornielle’s work with two shutout innings of his own. After a 2B Jose Acosta walk and OF/2B Zach Raabe (1-for-2, double, walk, RBI) double to open the bottom of the 8th inning, OF Arbert Cipion broke the deadlock with a two-run single which somehow found its way through the drawn-in infield, followed by a run-scoring error and SS Eduardo Garcia providing the final run with an RBI single. Three Quick Strikes: The early runs came on solo homers from Beloit in the 1st inning and Acosta (1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI) in the 2nd inning. C Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, but this one is more worrisome as he immediately exited after the 8th inning beaning, forcing DH/C Jeferson Quero to finish the game behind the plate. If Miller can’t go over Wisconsin’s remaining three games, don’t be surprised if young C/1B/OF Tayden Hall makes his High-A debut behind the plate in one contest. OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-3, walk, SB) reached base twice, while starter-turned-reliever RHP Brannon Jordan pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Friday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.89 season ERA; 1.44 ERA in High-A ball) will make his 7th High-A start, as Wisconsin aims for a fourth straight victory in this week’s series. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Moore Hits Second Home Run in 8-2 Loss to Pelicans On the RHP Jacob Misiorowski-front (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks), the good news is that his second outing went much better than his debut, but the bad news is that he walked the last three batters he faced and needed RHP Trevor Tietz to bail him out of that bases loaded 2nd inning jam with consecutive strikeouts. RHP Max Lazar entered in the 3rd inning to continue his rehab work, but conceded three runs (two earned) on three hits in that frame before settling in with the Mudcats trailing 3-0. A SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk, SB) double and 2B Robert Moore homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the 4th inning, but Carolina would get no closer. In fact, these were two of Carolina’s measly three hits on the evening. The loss puts Carolina down 2-0 in this week’s road series. Three Quick Strikes: The Mudcats last major opportunity came via two 6th inning walks and a wild pitch. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners and one out, Moore unfortunately grounded into an inning-ending double play. RHP Edwin Jimenez entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and was greeted by a solo homer and triple before recording his first out. A two-run homer in the 7th inning and RBI double in the 8th inning completed a difficult three-inning, five-run (four earned) night for him. Three errors didn’t help Carolina’s cause, although the Pelicans also committed two though offset their own with two double plays. Friday’s outlook: 19-year old RHP Yujanyer Herrera (6.63 ERA in ACL/Low-A) is scheduled to make his fourth appearance (third start) for the Mudcats, eager to improve on his last two outings (5 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs allowed). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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. Three starting pitchers combined to throw 17 innings of 2-run ball in victories for Nashville, Biloxi and Wisconsin. Terence Doston had a coming out party with two clutch homers. Jacob Misiorowski had an encouraging start in Carolina’s loss. Image courtesy of BrewerFanatic Josh Lindblom covered six scoreless innings for the Sounds, Victor Castaneda delivered six innings of one-run ball for the Shuckers and Alexander Cornielle provided five innings of one-run ball for the Timber Rattlers in a winning night on the farm. Doston’s two homers tripled his career long ball production, as the speed-first 21-year old outfielder demonstrated his mettle and potential in a three-hit, four-RBI game for AA Biloxi. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Castaneda, Lindblom and Doston, as well as Pedro Severino, with an honorable mention to Patrick Dorrian. Transactions: RHP Justin Topa designated the 29th man for MLB Brewers' Thursday doubleheader, coming up from AAA Nashville OF Esteury Ruiz optioned to AAA Nashville from MLB Brewers (with INF Mike Brosseau replacing him on the MLB roster) RHP Luis Contreras promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 10, Charlotte 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Lindblom Stellar as Sounds Top Knights RHP Josh Lindblom (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 Ks) gave Nashville the lift it needed with six scoreless, two-hit innings (95 pitches), his fifth straight solid start, exiting with a comfortable 5-0 lead. Offensively, the team pounded out 17 hits, with four hits in the 1st inning producing two runs on RBI singles from 1B Jon Singleton (2-for-5, double, RBI) and OF Joey Wiemer (2-for-5, 2 RBIs). Four more hits in the 5th inning extended the lead to 5-0, with Singleton (double), Wiemer (RBI single) and C Pedro Severino (RBI double; 2-for-5, HR, double, 2 RBIs, SB) in particular coming through. However, things tightened up in the bottom of the 7th inning, as RHP Hobie Harris had a rare rough outing, conceding three runs before being ejected alongside Manager Rick Sweet and hitting coach Al LeBoeuf with the score narrowed to 5-3. Leave it to the legendary Mr. Sweet to get ejected in the game which earned him his 2,181st victory, moving him into 6th all time in the history of minor league baseball. Thankfully, the hits just kept coming for the Sounds, who brought in three runs on four hits in the top of the 8th inning to get back to a more comfortable 8-3 position, including 3B Patrick Dorrian (2-for-4, HR, double, walk, RBI) hitting his ninth dinger of the season. The win cuts this week’s series deficit in Charlotte to 2-1, but with Columbus also winning the Sounds first place advantage remains just 3.5 games. Three Quick Strikes: Every Sound in the starting lineup collected a hit in this game, including three from OF Matt Lipka, two each from Pablo Reyes and Weston Wilson and one each from Cam Devanney and Sal Frelick, who extended his on-base streak to 26 games. Many online posters wonder why RHP Jake Cousins hasn’t gotten the recall to the majors yet after recovering from an injury, but the reality is that he’s still working his way back to form. On this night, Cousins conceded an 8th inning run, meaning he’s given up a run in six of his last ten outings, though thankfully with no multi-run catastrophes. Just-turned 23-year old RHP Cam Robinson also hasn’t quite adjusted to AAA ball yet, giving up two runs in the 9th inning of this game. After a Severino 9th inning homer to boost the lead to 9-4, Dorrian flied out and apparently decided to give the umpires his opinion on their earlier behavior, so he joined his coaches and teammate in receiving an early exit instruction. Friday’s outlook: 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his second-ever start in AAA ball, as Nashville strives to even the series 2-2 and keep second place Columbus at bay. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 5, Mississippi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Doston's Career Night Drives Shuckers 5-3 Victory In your daily reminder that everyone in the system is a legitimate prospect, speedy OF Terence Doston (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, SB) smacked two home runs and drove in four runs in a breakout performance for the 21-year old former two-sport high school star. Each of Doston’s hits was of the clutch variety, starting with a 5th inning solo shot to give Biloxi a 2-1 lead, an RBI single in the 6th inning to extend it to 3-1 and then a two-run homer in the 8th inning to provide much needed insurance after the Braves had clawed back to 3-2. On the mound, RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks) brought his season ERA back down to 3.97 with a much-needed effort on Thursday, winning his fourth game of the year and exiting after five innings with a 2-1 lead. The walks will obviously worry him, but sometimes you have to bulldog your way through. The Shuckers win cuts their series deficit to 2-1, aided by four stolen bases (including 2B Felix Valerio’s 29th of the year and burly-looking yet fleet-of-foot 1B Thomas Dillard’s 13th) with nobody caught stealing. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing LHP Clayton Andrews (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) delivered a second straight encouraging shutout inning as he sets his sights on big things in 2023, while Ryan Middendorf (2 IP, 1 R) continues to adjust to life in Biloxi and free agent-to-be RHP Robbie Baker earned his first AA save despite allowing one run. Some followers may have expected better hitting numbers from Doston (.692 career OPS; .640 OPS in AA/High-A ball this year) after he was given a $125,000 signing bonus in the 2019 draft, but it’s probably better to think of him along the lines of former Brewer OF Monte Harrison or current Nashville RHP Lucas Erceg: extremely athletic young men who need time to figure out how to get the most out of their talent on the field. Expect Doston to remain at AA Biloxi next season, with the Brewers hoping that his talent begins to shine consistently. 3B Yeison Coca unfortunately exited in the 6th inning immediately after being hit by a pitch. Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a win to even the series 2-2. Solid work in Knarr’s last few outings have lowered his ERA in AA ball to 3.87 (76 2/3 IP), with a season ERA of 2.89 when including his early season domination for Wisconsin. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes (link goes to roster instead) Final: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Wisconsin Beats Beloit 5-1 for Third Straight Win As always for Wisconsin home games, nothing beats the video recap from the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: 21-year RHP Alexander Cornielle (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks) continues to cement his prospect status, throwing six innings of one-run, four-hit ball in the Timber Rattlers third straight victory over the Sky Carp. However, it was a tight contest, 1-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning after reliever RHP Joey Matulovich (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks) followed up Cornielle’s work with two shutout innings of his own. After a 2B Jose Acosta walk and OF/2B Zach Raabe (1-for-2, double, walk, RBI) double to open the bottom of the 8th inning, OF Arbert Cipion broke the deadlock with a two-run single which somehow found its way through the drawn-in infield, followed by a run-scoring error and SS Eduardo Garcia providing the final run with an RBI single. Three Quick Strikes: The early runs came on solo homers from Beloit in the 1st inning and Acosta (1-for-2, HR, walk, RBI) in the 2nd inning. C Darrien Miller was hit by a pitch for the 24th time this year, but this one is more worrisome as he immediately exited after the 8th inning beaning, forcing DH/C Jeferson Quero to finish the game behind the plate. If Miller can’t go over Wisconsin’s remaining three games, don’t be surprised if young C/1B/OF Tayden Hall makes his High-A debut behind the plate in one contest. OF Jackson Chourio (1-for-3, walk, SB) reached base twice, while starter-turned-reliever RHP Brannon Jordan pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Friday’s outlook: 20-year old RHP Carlos F. Rodriguez (2.89 season ERA; 1.44 ERA in High-A ball) will make his 7th High-A start, as Wisconsin aims for a fourth straight victory in this week’s series. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Moore Hits Second Home Run in 8-2 Loss to Pelicans On the RHP Jacob Misiorowski-front (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks), the good news is that his second outing went much better than his debut, but the bad news is that he walked the last three batters he faced and needed RHP Trevor Tietz to bail him out of that bases loaded 2nd inning jam with consecutive strikeouts. RHP Max Lazar entered in the 3rd inning to continue his rehab work, but conceded three runs (two earned) on three hits in that frame before settling in with the Mudcats trailing 3-0. A SS Eric Brown Jr. (1-for-3, double, walk, SB) double and 2B Robert Moore homer cut the lead to 3-2 in the 4th inning, but Carolina would get no closer. In fact, these were two of Carolina’s measly three hits on the evening. The loss puts Carolina down 2-0 in this week’s road series. Three Quick Strikes: The Mudcats last major opportunity came via two 6th inning walks and a wild pitch. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners and one out, Moore unfortunately grounded into an inning-ending double play. RHP Edwin Jimenez entered in the bottom of the 6th inning and was greeted by a solo homer and triple before recording his first out. A two-run homer in the 7th inning and RBI double in the 8th inning completed a difficult three-inning, five-run (four earned) night for him. Three errors didn’t help Carolina’s cause, although the Pelicans also committed two though offset their own with two double plays. Friday’s outlook: 19-year old RHP Yujanyer Herrera (6.63 ERA in ACL/Low-A) is scheduled to make his fourth appearance (third start) for the Mudcats, eager to improve on his last two outings (5 2/3 innings pitched, 13 earned runs allowed). We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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. Exciting 2022 second round draft pick Jacob Misiorowski lasted just five batters in his scheduled short debut for the Mudcats, who came back late to defeat Columbia in extra innings. Nashville’s early lead slipped away before the club scored two in the bottom of the 9th to walk off Memphis, the last on a Joey Wiemer full count walk. Wisconsin had no answers against Peoria, giving up 12 runs on 12 hits in a 12-3 defeat. Victor Castaneda kept Biloxi in the game over six solid innings, but the bullpen got rocked in an 8-2 loss to Rocket City. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Singleton, Perez, Quero, Devanney and Castaneda, with an honorable mention to Brice Turang. Transactions: OF Esteury Ruiz recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Luis Perdomo recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Noah Zavolas released from AA Biloxi (the 26-year old last pitched on August 5th and went on the season-ending injured list on August 11th) Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Memphis 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds 'Walk' Off Redbirds 1B Jon Singleton (4-for-4, HR, walk, 3 RBIs) did the early heavy lifting, knocking in three runs in his first two at-bats, the latter a two-run bomb in the 3rd inning to stake the Sounds to a 4-0 lead. That’s his 22nd home run of 2022 to go along with an absurd 99 walks. The middle innings saw Memphis grab a 5-4 lead, though Nashville was just waiting for the bottom of the 9th inning to send the home crowd happy. Three consecutive singles from OF Sal Frelick (1-for-4, walk), SS Pablo Reyes (2-for-5, double) and 2B Brice Turang (3-for-5, RBI) tied the game at 5-5 before Memphis intentionally walked Singleton and then accidentally walked OF Joey Wiemer to end the game 6-5. How does Mr. Turang look at second base, you ask?: The victory gives Nashville a 2-1 series lead and keeps the team 2.5 games ahead of Columbus for first place in the division. Three Quick Strikes: A late scratch of RHP Dylan File forced RHP Marcus Walden (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) into starting on short rest, though he managed very well over three shutout innings, before being lifted after two singles opened the 4th inning. RHPs JC Mejia, Hobie Harris and Trevor Kelley combined to throw four scoreless innings of relief, with Kelley earning the win for his effort. Pedro Severino was another bright spot, going 3-for-4 as Nashville outhit Memphis 14-8. RHPs Zack Brown and Jake Cousins struggled a bit in their combined two innings of work, conceding three runs (two earned) and allowing two inherited runners to score. Friday’s outlook: After just four games in AA, 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his AAA debut for the Sounds, who aim to extend their series lead. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Rocket City 8, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Big Seventh Sink Shuckers Starting RHP Victor Castaneda (6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks) danced through traffic over six innings to give the Shuckers a chance, before the bullpen entered and the wheels came off in the bottom of the 7th inning. The offensive bright spot was SS Cam Devanney (2-for-4, HR, walk, RBI), who walked and scored in the 1st inning, then connected on his 19th homer of 2022 in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game 2-2. LHP Clayton Andrews’ post-injury road back to AAA may appear longer after retiring just two of the seven batters he faced and exiting with the club down 4-2 and the bases loaded. This was his fourth appearance of 2022 and second this year with Biloxi. Don’t worry Clayton – better days are ahead! Three Quick Strikes: Unfortunately, things didn’t get better when RHP Robbie Baker entered in relief of Andrews, as he beaned a batter on his first pitch, then gave up two singles as the deficit ballooned to 8-2. At least RHP Robbie Hitt added a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in his short work. The team went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base, but DH/2B Felix Valerio (1-for-2, 2 walks) reached base three times and six Shuckers collected at least one hit on the day. Biloxi’s led every game in the series (2-0 in Game One, 5-1 in Game Two, 1-0 in Game Three), but unfortunately appear to be out-gunned against this strong Rocket City club (73-50 record). Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a repeat of his last outing (6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 6 Ks) to avoid a 4-0 series deficit. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Peoria 12, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Peoria Pounces on Wisconsin Miscues Wisconsin led this game 3-2 in the 4th inning on the strength of solo shots from DH/C Darrien Miller (1-for-4, HR, walk, RBI) and C Jeferson Quero (3-for-4, HR, walk, 2 RBIs), but the game was all Chiefs from that point. Starting RHP Israel Puello (5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) struggled to hold that lead, giving up three consecutive hits in the bottom of the 4th inning as the team fell behind 4-3. Peoria grabbed four unearned runs against RHP Miguel Guerrero in a sloppy 6th inning, then another four runs off of struggling RHP Tyler Gillies in the 7th inning to extend their lead to 12-3. Three Quick Strikes: The Timber Rattlers loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the 4th inning, but collected just one run after two strikeouts and an out on the bases, followed by Manager Joe Ayrault being ejected. There were unfortunately no highlights for OF Jackson Chourio on this 0-for-5 day, but it was a welcome sight to have him back manning center field for the first time since a recent injury. RHP Christian Tripp was solid in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and 2B Ethan Murray collected two singles on a 2-for-4 day. Friday’s outlook: RHP Alexander Cornielle (3.20 ERA in Low-A/High-A) will make his second High-A start (5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 8 Ks in his first one), trying to lead Wisconsin to a 3-1 series advantage. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 7, Columbia 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Perez Hits Tenth Inning Walk-Off in 7-6 Victory The exciting debut of 2022 second round draft pick 20-year old RHP Jacob Misiorowski (1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 4 BB, 0 K) was a bit of a letdown, as he walked four of the five batters he faced and exited after 32 pitches. Of course, it was always going to be a short first appearance for Mr. Misiorowski. Spencer Michaelis (Twitter: @smichaelis234) summarized the performance as follows, “Well Misiorowski didn’t make it out of the 1st inning (pitch count). He got squeezed on a few that Trackman thought were strikes. Including on 3-2 to the lead off. Then he had an auto ball for a BB after a long 3-2 battle. Fastball was *very* lively and touched 100 though. Slider backed up on him a few times but also threw some pretty decent ones. Was very close to a 1-2-3 inning with the tight zone and auto ball. Baseball is a funny game sometimes. Most importantly, his pure stuff does look pretty special.” That said, the GAME was terrific, as Carolina battled back to tie Columbia three times, the last being a two-run 8th inning to send the contest into extras, in which the Mudcats prevailed 7-6 on a DH/OF Hedbert Perez (3-for-5, two doubles, 2 RBIs) run-scoring single to bring home OF Hendry Mendez. Mr. Perez was involved throughout, as he also doubled and scored to tie the game 3-3 in the 2nd inning, then drove home OF Luis Castillo (1-for-4, walk) with an RBI double in the 6th inning to narrow the deficit to 6-4. RHP Alexander Vallecillo (5 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) got the longman’s duty on this day, battling through five innings of three-run ball before exiting with the team down 6-4. The 8th inning rally started with walks by 1B Jesus Chirinos (1-for-3, two walks) and Castillo, followed by run-scoring singles from OF Eduarqui Fernandez (1-for-4, walk, RBI) and 3B Alberis Ferrer (1-for-2, walk, sac fly, 2 RBIs, SB) to knot the game at 6-6. Chirino also singled to open up the bottom of the 10th inning. LHP Pablo Garabitos (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) collected a deserved win with three shutout innings of work, including not allowing Manfred’s ghost to score in the 10th inning. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Trevor Tietz did very well to induce a groundball double play to strand all three runners left on base by Misiorowski in the 1st inning, but then ran into trouble himself in the 2nd inning, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsmen. Not to be lost in the heroics, 2B Robert Moore smacked his first home run in the Brewers’ organization to tie the game 1-1 in the 1st inning. Obviously working his way back to full strength after a recent absence, this was 2022 first round selection SS Eric Brown Jr.’s first game back in the field, although he went 0-for-4 and exited after eight innings. Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar is scheduled to make his second rehab start with the Mudcats, who seek a win to tie the series 2-2 at home against Columbia. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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
  8. Jon Singleton powered Nashville to a 6-5 victory with a homer and four hits. Hedbert Perez and Carolina refused to be denied. Big days from Jeferson Quero and Cam Devanney weren’t enough for Wisconsin and Biloxi. Exciting 2022 second round draft pick Jacob Misiorowski lasted just five batters in his scheduled short debut for the Mudcats, who came back late to defeat Columbia in extra innings. Nashville’s early lead slipped away before the club scored two in the bottom of the 9th to walk off Memphis, the last on a Joey Wiemer full count walk. Wisconsin had no answers against Peoria, giving up 12 runs on 12 hits in a 12-3 defeat. Victor Castaneda kept Biloxi in the game over six solid innings, but the bullpen got rocked in an 8-2 loss to Rocket City. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Singleton, Perez, Quero, Devanney and Castaneda, with an honorable mention to Brice Turang. Transactions: OF Esteury Ruiz recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Luis Perdomo recalled to MLB Brewers from AAA Nashville RHP Noah Zavolas released from AA Biloxi (the 26-year old last pitched on August 5th and went on the season-ending injured list on August 11th) Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, Memphis 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds 'Walk' Off Redbirds 1B Jon Singleton (4-for-4, HR, walk, 3 RBIs) did the early heavy lifting, knocking in three runs in his first two at-bats, the latter a two-run bomb in the 3rd inning to stake the Sounds to a 4-0 lead. That’s his 22nd home run of 2022 to go along with an absurd 99 walks. The middle innings saw Memphis grab a 5-4 lead, though Nashville was just waiting for the bottom of the 9th inning to send the home crowd happy. Three consecutive singles from OF Sal Frelick (1-for-4, walk), SS Pablo Reyes (2-for-5, double) and 2B Brice Turang (3-for-5, RBI) tied the game at 5-5 before Memphis intentionally walked Singleton and then accidentally walked OF Joey Wiemer to end the game 6-5. How does Mr. Turang look at second base, you ask?: The victory gives Nashville a 2-1 series lead and keeps the team 2.5 games ahead of Columbus for first place in the division. Three Quick Strikes: A late scratch of RHP Dylan File forced RHP Marcus Walden (3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) into starting on short rest, though he managed very well over three shutout innings, before being lifted after two singles opened the 4th inning. RHPs JC Mejia, Hobie Harris and Trevor Kelley combined to throw four scoreless innings of relief, with Kelley earning the win for his effort. Pedro Severino was another bright spot, going 3-for-4 as Nashville outhit Memphis 14-8. RHPs Zack Brown and Jake Cousins struggled a bit in their combined two innings of work, conceding three runs (two earned) and allowing two inherited runners to score. Friday’s outlook: After just four games in AA, 23-year old LHP Robert Gasser (3.82 ERA in High-A/AA) will make his AAA debut for the Sounds, who aim to extend their series lead. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Rocket City 8, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Big Seventh Sink Shuckers Starting RHP Victor Castaneda (6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks) danced through traffic over six innings to give the Shuckers a chance, before the bullpen entered and the wheels came off in the bottom of the 7th inning. The offensive bright spot was SS Cam Devanney (2-for-4, HR, walk, RBI), who walked and scored in the 1st inning, then connected on his 19th homer of 2022 in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game 2-2. LHP Clayton Andrews’ post-injury road back to AAA may appear longer after retiring just two of the seven batters he faced and exiting with the club down 4-2 and the bases loaded. This was his fourth appearance of 2022 and second this year with Biloxi. Don’t worry Clayton – better days are ahead! Three Quick Strikes: Unfortunately, things didn’t get better when RHP Robbie Baker entered in relief of Andrews, as he beaned a batter on his first pitch, then gave up two singles as the deficit ballooned to 8-2. At least RHP Robbie Hitt added a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in his short work. The team went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base, but DH/2B Felix Valerio (1-for-2, 2 walks) reached base three times and six Shuckers collected at least one hit on the day. Biloxi’s led every game in the series (2-0 in Game One, 5-1 in Game Two, 1-0 in Game Three), but unfortunately appear to be out-gunned against this strong Rocket City club (73-50 record). Friday’s outlook: LHP Brandon Knarr gets the call to start on Friday, with Biloxi needing a repeat of his last outing (6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 6 Ks) to avoid a 4-0 series deficit. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Peoria 12, Wisconsin 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Peoria Pounces on Wisconsin Miscues Wisconsin led this game 3-2 in the 4th inning on the strength of solo shots from DH/C Darrien Miller (1-for-4, HR, walk, RBI) and C Jeferson Quero (3-for-4, HR, walk, 2 RBIs), but the game was all Chiefs from that point. Starting RHP Israel Puello (5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks) struggled to hold that lead, giving up three consecutive hits in the bottom of the 4th inning as the team fell behind 4-3. Peoria grabbed four unearned runs against RHP Miguel Guerrero in a sloppy 6th inning, then another four runs off of struggling RHP Tyler Gillies in the 7th inning to extend their lead to 12-3. Three Quick Strikes: The Timber Rattlers loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the 4th inning, but collected just one run after two strikeouts and an out on the bases, followed by Manager Joe Ayrault being ejected. There were unfortunately no highlights for OF Jackson Chourio on this 0-for-5 day, but it was a welcome sight to have him back manning center field for the first time since a recent injury. RHP Christian Tripp was solid in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and 2B Ethan Murray collected two singles on a 2-for-4 day. Friday’s outlook: RHP Alexander Cornielle (3.20 ERA in Low-A/High-A) will make his second High-A start (5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 8 Ks in his first one), trying to lead Wisconsin to a 3-1 series advantage. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 7, Columbia 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Perez Hits Tenth Inning Walk-Off in 7-6 Victory The exciting debut of 2022 second round draft pick 20-year old RHP Jacob Misiorowski (1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 4 BB, 0 K) was a bit of a letdown, as he walked four of the five batters he faced and exited after 32 pitches. Of course, it was always going to be a short first appearance for Mr. Misiorowski. Spencer Michaelis (Twitter: @smichaelis234) summarized the performance as follows, “Well Misiorowski didn’t make it out of the 1st inning (pitch count). He got squeezed on a few that Trackman thought were strikes. Including on 3-2 to the lead off. Then he had an auto ball for a BB after a long 3-2 battle. Fastball was *very* lively and touched 100 though. Slider backed up on him a few times but also threw some pretty decent ones. Was very close to a 1-2-3 inning with the tight zone and auto ball. Baseball is a funny game sometimes. Most importantly, his pure stuff does look pretty special.” That said, the GAME was terrific, as Carolina battled back to tie Columbia three times, the last being a two-run 8th inning to send the contest into extras, in which the Mudcats prevailed 7-6 on a DH/OF Hedbert Perez (3-for-5, two doubles, 2 RBIs) run-scoring single to bring home OF Hendry Mendez. Mr. Perez was involved throughout, as he also doubled and scored to tie the game 3-3 in the 2nd inning, then drove home OF Luis Castillo (1-for-4, walk) with an RBI double in the 6th inning to narrow the deficit to 6-4. RHP Alexander Vallecillo (5 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks) got the longman’s duty on this day, battling through five innings of three-run ball before exiting with the team down 6-4. The 8th inning rally started with walks by 1B Jesus Chirinos (1-for-3, two walks) and Castillo, followed by run-scoring singles from OF Eduarqui Fernandez (1-for-4, walk, RBI) and 3B Alberis Ferrer (1-for-2, walk, sac fly, 2 RBIs, SB) to knot the game at 6-6. Chirino also singled to open up the bottom of the 10th inning. LHP Pablo Garabitos (3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K) collected a deserved win with three shutout innings of work, including not allowing Manfred’s ghost to score in the 10th inning. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Trevor Tietz did very well to induce a groundball double play to strand all three runners left on base by Misiorowski in the 1st inning, but then ran into trouble himself in the 2nd inning, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsmen. Not to be lost in the heroics, 2B Robert Moore smacked his first home run in the Brewers’ organization to tie the game 1-1 in the 1st inning. Obviously working his way back to full strength after a recent absence, this was 2022 first round selection SS Eric Brown Jr.’s first game back in the field, although he went 0-for-4 and exited after eight innings. Friday’s outlook: RHP Max Lazar is scheduled to make his second rehab start with the Mudcats, who seek a win to tie the series 2-2 at home against Columbia. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck on Friday to all teams! 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
  9. Sunday’s Game Balls go to Pablo Reyes, Victor Castaneda, Thomas Dillard, Jace Avina and Ethan Small, with Honorable Mentions to Jeferson Quero, Garrett Mitchell and Arbert Cipion. Transactions: RHP Jason Alexander recalled to MLB Milwaukee from AAA Nashville (replacing DFA’d Jake McGee) OF/INF Noah Campbell transferred from AA Biloxi’s 7-day injured list to 60-day injured list There are also rumors of potential upcoming moves, so watch the wire (e.g. this Brewer Fanatic thread) on Monday and Tuesday Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 9, Norfolk 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Steal Series With Reyes' Four-Hit Day Pablo Reyes remains “Mr. Steady” for Nashville, extending his on-base streak to 21 games and leading the team to a 4-2 series win. With Brice Turang getting a day off, Reyes manned shortstop and went 4-for-6, with a home run and 4 RBIs. Starting LHP Ethan Small’s numbers were solid (5 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks), although he exited after five innings (85 pitches) trailing 3-2. Down 4-3 going into the top of the 8th inning, INF/OF Weston Wilson homered to lead off the inning (his 9th of the year) and OF Matt Lipka (1-for-3, double, 2 walks, 3 SB) walked, stole two bases and scored on an error to grab the lead. An OF Garrett Mitchell (3-for-6, RBI, SB) infield single produced another run before Reyes’ 2-run homer extended the lead to 8-4. Good Baseball is when your opponent throws six wild pitches, commits two errors, has a balk, a passed ball and hits a batter, while the Nashville Sounds committed zero such infractions in this game. The win gave the Sounds a 4-2 series win over Norfolk for the week. Although Reyes may have had the big game, in prospect land it’s Mitchell who gets the highlight reel: Three Quick Strikes: OF Joey Wiemer, unfortunately, left the game in the top of the 6th inning. He’d fouled a ball off his leg, completed the plate appearance by drawing a walk, but was replaced on the bases by OF Sal Frelick C Jakson Reetz and OF Esteury Ruiz both had days to forget, combining to go 0-for-9 with 5 strikeouts and stranding 12 baserunners in their plate appearances, although Ruiz did draw a walk and deliver a sacrifice bunt The MLB rehab tour continued with RHPs JC Mejia (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K) and Justin Topa (2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) covering some middle innings, although I’m more interested in RHP Hobie Harris (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) continuing to roll and RHP Lucas Erceg (1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K) successfully pounding the zone to induce three groundouts Next week’s outlook: Nashville (63-41) returns home to take on 50-55 Gwinnett (Braves’ AAA affiliate). RHP Caleb Boushley (3.62 ERA, 1.23 WHIP in 104 1/3 IP) is expected to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes (link not working when I checked) Final: Biloxi 6, Mississippi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Dillard's Three-Hit Afternoon Helps Propel Shuckers to Series Finale Win 1B Thomas Dillard (3-for-4, two doubles, 2 RBIs) got the party started early with a 2-run double in the 1st inning for a 2-0 lead, producing three of the Shuckers’ ten hits in the game. Starting RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) was fresh after not pitching for seven days, earning his second win of the season, dropping his ERA to 3.87 and exiting with a 5-1 lead. Things got nervous when Mississippi scored one in the 7th inning and three in the 8th inning to make it a one-run game, but RHP Harold Chirino (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K) came in to escape the 8th inning and pitch a 3-up, 3-down 9th inning for his first save of the year. The victory gave Biloxi a 5-1 series win over Mississippi for the week. Three Quick Strikes: Multi-hit games actually abounded: SS Andruw Monasterio (2-for-5), OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-4, RBI), DH/INF Felix Valerio (2-for-4, RBI) The inconsistency of the Biloxi bullpen night-to-night is a head-scratcher, perhaps best exemplified by RHP Robbie Hitt having a second straight difficult game after an exceptional outing on July 31 Former 4th round pick C Nick Kahle (1-for-4; just 38 plate appearances this year) is still just 24 years old and has never repeated a minor league level, so let’s tip our cap to his resilience and hope that he gets more opportunities next year. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (51-49) returns home to take on 58-44 Rocket City (Angels’ AA affiliate). LHP Nick Bennett is listed as the expected starter for the series opener, aiming for a fourth straight solid outing (1.50 ERA with 20 Ks in last 18 innings pitched). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Quad Cities 7, Wisconsin 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Bandits Big Inning Steals One from Wisconsin For the second time in less than a week, the Timber Rattlers’ bullpen was called upon very early and it once again didn’t go well. Starting RHP Justin Bullock (3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K) exited after three innings, with RHPs Christian Tripp (2 ER) and Joey Matulovich (3 ER) then conceding a five-run 6th inning to turn a 3-2 lead into a 7-3 deficit. Of course, the Timber Rattlers still made Quad Cities work hard for the victory, with OF Arbert Cipion (2-for-3, double, walk, 2 RBIs) and Joe Gray Jr. (2-for-3, double, SF, RBI) in particular putting the River Bandits under pressure. Cipion doubled and scored as part of a two-run 7th inning to cut the gap to 7-5. Gray doubled to lead off the 8th inning and Cipion walked to start the 9th inning, but both were stranded as the Rattlers could get no closer. Despite the loss, Wisconsin still won the series over Quad Cities 4-2. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Taylor Floyd (2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 3 Ks) had to throw 48 pitches (just 23 strikes) to get through 2 1/3 innings, but still managed to keep the River Bandits off the board C Darrien Miller ’s struggles against base stealers continued, with Quad Cities going 3-for-3 in the game. Of course, the team is exponentially better-placed to rate other aspects of Miller’s defense (e.g. game management, pitch framing), while Miller always finds ways to contribute offensively (e.g. earning three walks in this game) With Bullock leaving this game early and LHP Russell Smith going on the injured list earlier in the week, the Brewers may look to promote one or more of the many terrific candidates available in Low-A Carolina (e.g. Alexander Cornielle, Stiven Cruz, Miguel Guerrero, Michele Vassalotti, Karlos Morales, Pablo Garabitos, Brannon Jordan …) Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (54-47) will be home this week against 57-45 West Bend (Cubs’ High-A affiliate). Expect RHP Israel Puello (5.05 season ERA, though with 88 strikeouts against 33 walks in 82 innings pitched) to start Game One of the series. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 9, Kannapolis 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Clubs Two Homers in 9-6 Finale Victory When 1B Jesus Chirinos tied the game at 5-5 in the 5th inning with a 2-run blast (his ninth of the year and third of the series), Mudcat manager Victor Estevez had to rightfully feel pretty confident about the ensuing Battle of the Bullpens, given Carolina’s strength in this area. True to form, Carolina outscored the Cannon Ballers 4-1 the rest of the way, with all four runs coming in the 6th inning. 3B Luis Silva (2-for-4, 2 doubles), doubled and scored on a 2B Jheremy Vargas (1-for-2, 2 walks, RBI) single, then DH/C Jeferson Quero (3-for-3, double, walk, RBI) walked and OF Jace Avina (2-for-5, HR, triple, 3 RBIs) smashed his third homer in two games, a 3-run shot to grow the lead to 9-5. The Sunday victory gave Carolina a 4-2 series win over Kannapolis for the week. Four Quick Strikes: Starting RHP Fernando Olguin (5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 5 Ks) struggled a bit in this game to grow his season ERA to 5.29, but he’s still just 21 years old and this is his first season of full season ball RHP Junior Montero, LHP Leoni De La Cruz and RHP Brannon Jordan combined to pitch 4 innings, conceding one run on one hit, walking five (oops), but striking out six (great) Every Carolina starter notched at least one hit in the game. OF Eduarqui Fernandez (double, HBP) and SS Jadher Areinamo (single, walk) each reached base twice Quero was actually pinch-hit for in the 8th inning, but I want to believe this had more to do with the Mudcats’ 9-6 lead and strong bullpen Next week’s outlook: Carolina (52-50) goes on the road to face 34-67 Delmarva (Orioles’ Low-A affiliate). Expect RHP Jeferson Figueroa (6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7K performance in last outing) to start the series opener, still looking for his first organizational win. 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  10. Nashville scored five runs in the 8th inning to take the lead and win their series. Biloxi held on to grab a fifth win in six games. Wisconsin couldn’t quite pull off a comeback. Carolina had seven extra-base hits in their series-clinching win. Sunday’s Game Balls go to Pablo Reyes, Victor Castaneda, Thomas Dillard, Jace Avina and Ethan Small, with Honorable Mentions to Jeferson Quero, Garrett Mitchell and Arbert Cipion. Transactions: RHP Jason Alexander recalled to MLB Milwaukee from AAA Nashville (replacing DFA’d Jake McGee) OF/INF Noah Campbell transferred from AA Biloxi’s 7-day injured list to 60-day injured list There are also rumors of potential upcoming moves, so watch the wire (e.g. this Brewer Fanatic thread) on Monday and Tuesday Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 9, Norfolk 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Steal Series With Reyes' Four-Hit Day Pablo Reyes remains “Mr. Steady” for Nashville, extending his on-base streak to 21 games and leading the team to a 4-2 series win. With Brice Turang getting a day off, Reyes manned shortstop and went 4-for-6, with a home run and 4 RBIs. Starting LHP Ethan Small’s numbers were solid (5 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks), although he exited after five innings (85 pitches) trailing 3-2. Down 4-3 going into the top of the 8th inning, INF/OF Weston Wilson homered to lead off the inning (his 9th of the year) and OF Matt Lipka (1-for-3, double, 2 walks, 3 SB) walked, stole two bases and scored on an error to grab the lead. An OF Garrett Mitchell (3-for-6, RBI, SB) infield single produced another run before Reyes’ 2-run homer extended the lead to 8-4. Good Baseball is when your opponent throws six wild pitches, commits two errors, has a balk, a passed ball and hits a batter, while the Nashville Sounds committed zero such infractions in this game. The win gave the Sounds a 4-2 series win over Norfolk for the week. Although Reyes may have had the big game, in prospect land it’s Mitchell who gets the highlight reel: Three Quick Strikes: OF Joey Wiemer, unfortunately, left the game in the top of the 6th inning. He’d fouled a ball off his leg, completed the plate appearance by drawing a walk, but was replaced on the bases by OF Sal Frelick C Jakson Reetz and OF Esteury Ruiz both had days to forget, combining to go 0-for-9 with 5 strikeouts and stranding 12 baserunners in their plate appearances, although Ruiz did draw a walk and deliver a sacrifice bunt The MLB rehab tour continued with RHPs JC Mejia (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K) and Justin Topa (2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K) covering some middle innings, although I’m more interested in RHP Hobie Harris (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 Ks) continuing to roll and RHP Lucas Erceg (1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K) successfully pounding the zone to induce three groundouts Next week’s outlook: Nashville (63-41) returns home to take on 50-55 Gwinnett (Braves’ AAA affiliate). RHP Caleb Boushley (3.62 ERA, 1.23 WHIP in 104 1/3 IP) is expected to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes (link not working when I checked) Final: Biloxi 6, Mississippi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Dillard's Three-Hit Afternoon Helps Propel Shuckers to Series Finale Win 1B Thomas Dillard (3-for-4, two doubles, 2 RBIs) got the party started early with a 2-run double in the 1st inning for a 2-0 lead, producing three of the Shuckers’ ten hits in the game. Starting RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) was fresh after not pitching for seven days, earning his second win of the season, dropping his ERA to 3.87 and exiting with a 5-1 lead. Things got nervous when Mississippi scored one in the 7th inning and three in the 8th inning to make it a one-run game, but RHP Harold Chirino (1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K) came in to escape the 8th inning and pitch a 3-up, 3-down 9th inning for his first save of the year. The victory gave Biloxi a 5-1 series win over Mississippi for the week. Three Quick Strikes: Multi-hit games actually abounded: SS Andruw Monasterio (2-for-5), OF Tristen Lutz (2-for-4, RBI), DH/INF Felix Valerio (2-for-4, RBI) The inconsistency of the Biloxi bullpen night-to-night is a head-scratcher, perhaps best exemplified by RHP Robbie Hitt having a second straight difficult game after an exceptional outing on July 31 Former 4th round pick C Nick Kahle (1-for-4; just 38 plate appearances this year) is still just 24 years old and has never repeated a minor league level, so let’s tip our cap to his resilience and hope that he gets more opportunities next year. Next week’s outlook: Biloxi (51-49) returns home to take on 58-44 Rocket City (Angels’ AA affiliate). LHP Nick Bennett is listed as the expected starter for the series opener, aiming for a fourth straight solid outing (1.50 ERA with 20 Ks in last 18 innings pitched). Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Quad Cities 7, Wisconsin 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Bandits Big Inning Steals One from Wisconsin For the second time in less than a week, the Timber Rattlers’ bullpen was called upon very early and it once again didn’t go well. Starting RHP Justin Bullock (3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K) exited after three innings, with RHPs Christian Tripp (2 ER) and Joey Matulovich (3 ER) then conceding a five-run 6th inning to turn a 3-2 lead into a 7-3 deficit. Of course, the Timber Rattlers still made Quad Cities work hard for the victory, with OF Arbert Cipion (2-for-3, double, walk, 2 RBIs) and Joe Gray Jr. (2-for-3, double, SF, RBI) in particular putting the River Bandits under pressure. Cipion doubled and scored as part of a two-run 7th inning to cut the gap to 7-5. Gray doubled to lead off the 8th inning and Cipion walked to start the 9th inning, but both were stranded as the Rattlers could get no closer. Despite the loss, Wisconsin still won the series over Quad Cities 4-2. Three Quick Strikes: RHP Taylor Floyd (2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 3 Ks) had to throw 48 pitches (just 23 strikes) to get through 2 1/3 innings, but still managed to keep the River Bandits off the board C Darrien Miller ’s struggles against base stealers continued, with Quad Cities going 3-for-3 in the game. Of course, the team is exponentially better-placed to rate other aspects of Miller’s defense (e.g. game management, pitch framing), while Miller always finds ways to contribute offensively (e.g. earning three walks in this game) With Bullock leaving this game early and LHP Russell Smith going on the injured list earlier in the week, the Brewers may look to promote one or more of the many terrific candidates available in Low-A Carolina (e.g. Alexander Cornielle, Stiven Cruz, Miguel Guerrero, Michele Vassalotti, Karlos Morales, Pablo Garabitos, Brannon Jordan …) Next week’s outlook: Wisconsin (54-47) will be home this week against 57-45 West Bend (Cubs’ High-A affiliate). Expect RHP Israel Puello (5.05 season ERA, though with 88 strikeouts against 33 walks in 82 innings pitched) to start Game One of the series. Carolina Pre-Game Notes Final: Carolina 9, Kannapolis 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Clubs Two Homers in 9-6 Finale Victory When 1B Jesus Chirinos tied the game at 5-5 in the 5th inning with a 2-run blast (his ninth of the year and third of the series), Mudcat manager Victor Estevez had to rightfully feel pretty confident about the ensuing Battle of the Bullpens, given Carolina’s strength in this area. True to form, Carolina outscored the Cannon Ballers 4-1 the rest of the way, with all four runs coming in the 6th inning. 3B Luis Silva (2-for-4, 2 doubles), doubled and scored on a 2B Jheremy Vargas (1-for-2, 2 walks, RBI) single, then DH/C Jeferson Quero (3-for-3, double, walk, RBI) walked and OF Jace Avina (2-for-5, HR, triple, 3 RBIs) smashed his third homer in two games, a 3-run shot to grow the lead to 9-5. The Sunday victory gave Carolina a 4-2 series win over Kannapolis for the week. Four Quick Strikes: Starting RHP Fernando Olguin (5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 5 Ks) struggled a bit in this game to grow his season ERA to 5.29, but he’s still just 21 years old and this is his first season of full season ball RHP Junior Montero, LHP Leoni De La Cruz and RHP Brannon Jordan combined to pitch 4 innings, conceding one run on one hit, walking five (oops), but striking out six (great) Every Carolina starter notched at least one hit in the game. OF Eduarqui Fernandez (double, HBP) and SS Jadher Areinamo (single, walk) each reached base twice Quero was actually pinch-hit for in the 8th inning, but I want to believe this had more to do with the Mudcats’ 9-6 lead and strong bullpen Next week’s outlook: Carolina (52-50) goes on the road to face 34-67 Delmarva (Orioles’ Low-A affiliate). Expect RHP Jeferson Figueroa (6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7K performance in last outing) to start the series opener, still looking for his first organizational win. 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  11. If Andruw Monasterio was offended at the intentional walk issued which brought him to the plate with the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, he took it out on the baseball by depositing the first pitch he saw far over the left center field wall, as Biloxi defeated Montgomery 6-2, ultimately rewarding starting pitcher Victor Castaneda for a fine performance. Carolina’s Hendry Mendez suffered a scary collision with the right field side wall early in the Mudcats’ road game, but the team managed to overcome the injury and several other setbacks to win 5-4 in Fayetteville. Ethan Small returned to AAA and dominated in his usual manner, but the clutch hits were missing on this day in a 2-1 loss. Wisconsin fell behind 7-0 at home and didn’t have many answers against a quality Cedar Rapids team. After the games, rumors abounded of promotions for Sal Frelick, Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, Tristan Peters, Antoine Kelly and Justin Jarvis, although the only confirmed promotion is that of Mr. Peters. We can’t wait for the announcements on Monday and Tuesday!! Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Small, Monasterio, Castaneda and Peters, as well as Robbie Hitt. Transactions (Mostly unconfirmed rumors, though with a decent amount of smoke): OF Tristan Peters promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin LHP Antoine Kelly promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin (subject to confirmation) RHP Justin Jarvis promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin (subject to confirmation) OF Sal Frelick promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi (subject to confirmation) OF Garrett Mitchell promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi (subject to confirmation) OF Joey Wiemer promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi (subject to confirmation) Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Charlotte 2, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Knights Score Late to Beat Sounds Squander enough chances and you’ll ultimately lose…Nashville went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranded nine runners and had two players caught stealing in this home loss. LHP Ethan Small (5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) was terrific in his return to AAA action after a start for the Brewers five days earlier, though exited after just 65 pitches (37 strikes). OF Corey Ray (1-fo-3, HR, walk, RBI) produced the Sounds’ only run with a solo homer (5th of the year) to tie the game in the 3rd inning. Having just recently returned from injury, Ray exited early for the 2nd straight game, likely in an effort to ease him back. See more highlights, including on Small’s effort and stellar defensive plays, on the team’s twitter handle The Sounds failed to produce a second run despite having two-on with two outs in the 5th inning, one-on with one out in the 6th inning, two-on with nobody out in the 7th inning, two-on with one out in the 8th inning and a one-out single in the 9th inning. Reliever Marcus Walden took the loss, having given up a lead-off single and 2-out RBI double in the top of the 9th inning. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing RHP Luis Perdomo (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K) followed up Small’s work with two perfect innings, as he announces to all who will listen that he’s ready for a return to The Show. 1B Jon Singleton (1-for-2, 2 walks) finished off his terrific July (1.071 OPS with 9 home runs) by getting on base three more times. Relatively rare errors by Brice Turang (8th of the year) and Mario Feliciano (4th of the year) thankfully didn’t cost the team. Despite the loss, Nashville won the series over Charlotte 4-2. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (59-39) goes on the road to face 46-52 Norfolk (Orioles’ affiliate). Expect RHP Tyler Herb (6 IP, 2 ER last outing) to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Montgomery 2 (final in 11 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Grand Finish! Monasterio's Grand Slam Wins It In the 11th For Biloxi The Biscuits intentionally walked Sal Frelick to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, opting to face the superb Andruw Monasterio (2-for-6, HR, 4 RBIs) instead. Monasterio responded to the subtle insult by blasting the first pitch he saw far over the wall in left center field to hit the Medical Arts Pharma and Hearing Center. Full game highlight package via the Shuckers: RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had his second excellent start of the week against Montgomery, though faltered in the 6th inning as he ultimately reached 96 pitches. Four consecutive singles to the outfield to commence that 6th inning ended Castaneda’s night, but RHP Robbie Hitt extinguished the bases loaded, nobody out jam with two strikeouts and a groundout to strand all three inherited Biscuits. Down 2-1 at this point, Biloxi responded by loading the bases (1B Thomas Dillard single, plus two walks) with nobody out in the bottom half of the 6th inning, but nearly got nothing when C Jason Lopez grounded into a 5-2-3 double play. Thankfully a subsequent wild pitch tied up the game 2-2. Unfortunately, the Shuckers were unable to cash in on Garrett Mitchell’s one-out single in the 7th inning, Cam Devanney’s leadoff 8th inning double or two walks in the 10th inning to load the bases. Finally, Monasterio came through with the superman blast to win it, giving Biloxi a 5-1 series win. Two Quick Strikes: Along with Hitt, RHPs Kent Hasler, Cam Robinson and Harold Chirino each pitched 1-2 scoreless innings, as the foursome combined for this line: 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks, thus giving Biloxi’s offense ample time to grab a win. Similar to the Sounds’ game, Biloxi also had umpteen chances to win this game earlier (2-for-15 with runners in scoring position; 12 men left on base), but the home crowd was able to celebrate a walk-off grand slam victory in this case thanks to amazing pitching throughout the 11 innings. Next week’s outlook: 46-48 Biloxi travels to take on the 46-50 Mississippi Braves, possibly with a largely revamped outfield if in fact the trio of Frelick, Mitchell and Wiemer have all been promoted to AAA. If so, expect Tristen Lutz, Tristan Peters and Noah Campbell to man the day-to-day outfield and annihilate opposing pitching. RHP TJ Shook (6 1/3 IP, 2 ER in last game) is my best guess to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids 9, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Homestand Ends with Loss to Cedar Rapids Also check out the game highlights put together by the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: Starting LHP Russell Smith (4 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had better luck against Cedar Rapids earlier in the series, as in this game he was tagged for three 1st inning runs and another two runs in the 3rd inning, as the Timber Rattlers were blown out to end a 2-game winning streak and lose the series 4-2. 3B Zavier Warren (.618 season OPS) has been getting some better results recently (10-game on-base streak with three homers in this stretch), but his game-opening error and then 1st inning strikeout with two-on and one out helped set a negative tone for Wisconsin in this game, which he’ll need to quickly forget as he turns over a new leaf for next week’s series. Down 5-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Wisconsin again failed to score, this time despite getting singles from Warren and OF Tristan Peters (2-for-4, double, walk, 2 RBIs), along with a walk. This was really their last opportunity to make a game of it, as RHP Christian Tripp gave up a walk and 2-run homer to commence the 5th inning for a 7-0 deficit. Via SoundCloud: Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast Four Quick Strikes: Out of three relievers, RHP Brady Schanuel had the best outing (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks). OF Jackson Chourio watch: 0-for-4 in his first hitless game in High-A, though the bright side is that he did not strike out. C Darrien Miller arm watch: Cedar Rapids went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts, so Miller has now caught 15 base stealers out of 106 on the season. Fittingly, given how solid of a fixture Peters has been for the Timber Rattlers, he knocked in both of their runs in this game (his last in High-A, as Manager Joe Ayrault announced his promotion to AA Biloxi after the contest) through a 7th inning double. Next week’s outlook: 50-45 Wisconsin travels to 36-60 Quad Cities, hoping to muster enough offense despite Tristan Peters’ deserved promotion to AA Biloxi. RHP Justin Bullock is expected to make his 4th start for Wisconsin this year in the series opener. Pre-Game Notes (not available via usual link) Final: Carolina 5, Fayetteville 4 (final in 10 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Gets Series Split with 5-4 Victory in Extras Although the game was compelling, it was actually quite secondary in importance from the 2nd inning onward, given 18-year old OF Hendry Mendez’s scary stumble and unprotected collision against the right field side wall, which required medical personnel to stabilize him on a stretcher and cart him off the field. According to the Mudcats’ twitter handle, they’re “told that he is doing well and will remain under observation throughout the night”. Let’s pray Mendez makes an amazing recovery for the second time this year, recalling that in early May he was announced to go onto the injury list, only to have that designation rescinded and see him back in action one day later. As to the game, Manager Victor Estevez’s resilient bunch came through in spite the scary injury, a leaping steal of a potential 2nd inning homer off OF Eduarqui Fernandez’s bat, yielding two runs in the 7th inning to allow Fayetteville to tie the game 4-4 and then having a runner thrown out at home in the top of the 10th inning. Fayetteville opened the scoring on that 2nd inning injury scare which resulted in an inside-the-park home run, but the Mudcats responded with three singles (OF Hedbert Perez, SS Alberis Ferrer, OF Oswal Leones) and two walks in the top of the 3rd inning to grab a 2-1 lead. Three walks and a hit-by-pitch in the next inning then extended the advantage to 3-1. Starting RHP Alexander Cornielle (5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 6 Ks) faced quite a bit of traffic, but limited the damage. 1B Jesus Chirinos (1-for-3, double, 2 walks, RBI) came through with what would prove to be the game-winning RBI double in the top of the 10th inning, bringing home Manfred’s ghost (Leones) and earning Carolina a 3-3 series split. Three Quick Strikes: Leones (2-for-4, double, walk, RBI) had a nice game, doubling and scoring in the 7th inning to extend the lead to 4-2. The squad’s youngest pitcher (19-year old RHP Jeison Pena) struggled a bit, allowing Fayetteville to tie the game 4-4 with two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, but 3B Luis Silva made a big play to eliminate a runner trying for home for the second out of the inning. RHPs Junior Montero (three hitters, three strikeouts), Miguel Guerrero (three-up, three-down 9th inning) and Brannon Jordan (three-up, three-down 10th inning) were fabulous in relief to give Carolina a chance to win the game. 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  12. Biloxi needed 11 innings, but rewarded the home fans with a walk-off grand slam. The Mudcats lost a top prospect in a scary wall collision but kept their composure to win in 10 innings. Wisconsin was beaten handily, while Nashville is ruing its missed chances in a 2-1 loss. If Andruw Monasterio was offended at the intentional walk issued which brought him to the plate with the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, he took it out on the baseball by depositing the first pitch he saw far over the left center field wall, as Biloxi defeated Montgomery 6-2, ultimately rewarding starting pitcher Victor Castaneda for a fine performance. Carolina’s Hendry Mendez suffered a scary collision with the right field side wall early in the Mudcats’ road game, but the team managed to overcome the injury and several other setbacks to win 5-4 in Fayetteville. Ethan Small returned to AAA and dominated in his usual manner, but the clutch hits were missing on this day in a 2-1 loss. Wisconsin fell behind 7-0 at home and didn’t have many answers against a quality Cedar Rapids team. After the games, rumors abounded of promotions for Sal Frelick, Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, Tristan Peters, Antoine Kelly and Justin Jarvis, although the only confirmed promotion is that of Mr. Peters. We can’t wait for the announcements on Monday and Tuesday!! Sunday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Small, Monasterio, Castaneda and Peters, as well as Robbie Hitt. Transactions (Mostly unconfirmed rumors, though with a decent amount of smoke): OF Tristan Peters promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin LHP Antoine Kelly promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin (subject to confirmation) RHP Justin Jarvis promoted to AA Biloxi from High-A Wisconsin (subject to confirmation) OF Sal Frelick promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi (subject to confirmation) OF Garrett Mitchell promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi (subject to confirmation) OF Joey Wiemer promoted to AAA Nashville from AA Biloxi (subject to confirmation) Game Action: Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Charlotte 2, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Knights Score Late to Beat Sounds Squander enough chances and you’ll ultimately lose…Nashville went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranded nine runners and had two players caught stealing in this home loss. LHP Ethan Small (5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks) was terrific in his return to AAA action after a start for the Brewers five days earlier, though exited after just 65 pitches (37 strikes). OF Corey Ray (1-fo-3, HR, walk, RBI) produced the Sounds’ only run with a solo homer (5th of the year) to tie the game in the 3rd inning. Having just recently returned from injury, Ray exited early for the 2nd straight game, likely in an effort to ease him back. See more highlights, including on Small’s effort and stellar defensive plays, on the team’s twitter handle The Sounds failed to produce a second run despite having two-on with two outs in the 5th inning, one-on with one out in the 6th inning, two-on with nobody out in the 7th inning, two-on with one out in the 8th inning and a one-out single in the 9th inning. Reliever Marcus Walden took the loss, having given up a lead-off single and 2-out RBI double in the top of the 9th inning. Three Quick Strikes: Rehabbing RHP Luis Perdomo (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K) followed up Small’s work with two perfect innings, as he announces to all who will listen that he’s ready for a return to The Show. 1B Jon Singleton (1-for-2, 2 walks) finished off his terrific July (1.071 OPS with 9 home runs) by getting on base three more times. Relatively rare errors by Brice Turang (8th of the year) and Mario Feliciano (4th of the year) thankfully didn’t cost the team. Despite the loss, Nashville won the series over Charlotte 4-2. Next week’s outlook: Nashville (59-39) goes on the road to face 46-52 Norfolk (Orioles’ affiliate). Expect RHP Tyler Herb (6 IP, 2 ER last outing) to start Game One of the series. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 6, Montgomery 2 (final in 11 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Grand Finish! Monasterio's Grand Slam Wins It In the 11th For Biloxi The Biscuits intentionally walked Sal Frelick to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, opting to face the superb Andruw Monasterio (2-for-6, HR, 4 RBIs) instead. Monasterio responded to the subtle insult by blasting the first pitch he saw far over the wall in left center field to hit the Medical Arts Pharma and Hearing Center. Full game highlight package via the Shuckers: RHP Victor Castaneda (5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 6 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had his second excellent start of the week against Montgomery, though faltered in the 6th inning as he ultimately reached 96 pitches. Four consecutive singles to the outfield to commence that 6th inning ended Castaneda’s night, but RHP Robbie Hitt extinguished the bases loaded, nobody out jam with two strikeouts and a groundout to strand all three inherited Biscuits. Down 2-1 at this point, Biloxi responded by loading the bases (1B Thomas Dillard single, plus two walks) with nobody out in the bottom half of the 6th inning, but nearly got nothing when C Jason Lopez grounded into a 5-2-3 double play. Thankfully a subsequent wild pitch tied up the game 2-2. Unfortunately, the Shuckers were unable to cash in on Garrett Mitchell’s one-out single in the 7th inning, Cam Devanney’s leadoff 8th inning double or two walks in the 10th inning to load the bases. Finally, Monasterio came through with the superman blast to win it, giving Biloxi a 5-1 series win. Two Quick Strikes: Along with Hitt, RHPs Kent Hasler, Cam Robinson and Harold Chirino each pitched 1-2 scoreless innings, as the foursome combined for this line: 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks, thus giving Biloxi’s offense ample time to grab a win. Similar to the Sounds’ game, Biloxi also had umpteen chances to win this game earlier (2-for-15 with runners in scoring position; 12 men left on base), but the home crowd was able to celebrate a walk-off grand slam victory in this case thanks to amazing pitching throughout the 11 innings. Next week’s outlook: 46-48 Biloxi travels to take on the 46-50 Mississippi Braves, possibly with a largely revamped outfield if in fact the trio of Frelick, Mitchell and Wiemer have all been promoted to AAA. If so, expect Tristen Lutz, Tristan Peters and Noah Campbell to man the day-to-day outfield and annihilate opposing pitching. RHP TJ Shook (6 1/3 IP, 2 ER in last game) is my best guess to start the first game of the series. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Cedar Rapids 9, Wisconsin 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, details: Homestand Ends with Loss to Cedar Rapids Also check out the game highlights put together by the Timber Rattlers’ exceptional media team: Starting LHP Russell Smith (4 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 5 Ks) had better luck against Cedar Rapids earlier in the series, as in this game he was tagged for three 1st inning runs and another two runs in the 3rd inning, as the Timber Rattlers were blown out to end a 2-game winning streak and lose the series 4-2. 3B Zavier Warren (.618 season OPS) has been getting some better results recently (10-game on-base streak with three homers in this stretch), but his game-opening error and then 1st inning strikeout with two-on and one out helped set a negative tone for Wisconsin in this game, which he’ll need to quickly forget as he turns over a new leaf for next week’s series. Down 5-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Wisconsin again failed to score, this time despite getting singles from Warren and OF Tristan Peters (2-for-4, double, walk, 2 RBIs), along with a walk. This was really their last opportunity to make a game of it, as RHP Christian Tripp gave up a walk and 2-run homer to commence the 5th inning for a 7-0 deficit. Via SoundCloud: Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast Four Quick Strikes: Out of three relievers, RHP Brady Schanuel had the best outing (2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 Ks). OF Jackson Chourio watch: 0-for-4 in his first hitless game in High-A, though the bright side is that he did not strike out. C Darrien Miller arm watch: Cedar Rapids went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts, so Miller has now caught 15 base stealers out of 106 on the season. Fittingly, given how solid of a fixture Peters has been for the Timber Rattlers, he knocked in both of their runs in this game (his last in High-A, as Manager Joe Ayrault announced his promotion to AA Biloxi after the contest) through a 7th inning double. Next week’s outlook: 50-45 Wisconsin travels to 36-60 Quad Cities, hoping to muster enough offense despite Tristan Peters’ deserved promotion to AA Biloxi. RHP Justin Bullock is expected to make his 4th start for Wisconsin this year in the series opener. Pre-Game Notes (not available via usual link) Final: Carolina 5, Fayetteville 4 (final in 10 innings) Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats’ website, game details: Carolina Gets Series Split with 5-4 Victory in Extras Although the game was compelling, it was actually quite secondary in importance from the 2nd inning onward, given 18-year old OF Hendry Mendez’s scary stumble and unprotected collision against the right field side wall, which required medical personnel to stabilize him on a stretcher and cart him off the field. According to the Mudcats’ twitter handle, they’re “told that he is doing well and will remain under observation throughout the night”. Let’s pray Mendez makes an amazing recovery for the second time this year, recalling that in early May he was announced to go onto the injury list, only to have that designation rescinded and see him back in action one day later. As to the game, Manager Victor Estevez’s resilient bunch came through in spite the scary injury, a leaping steal of a potential 2nd inning homer off OF Eduarqui Fernandez’s bat, yielding two runs in the 7th inning to allow Fayetteville to tie the game 4-4 and then having a runner thrown out at home in the top of the 10th inning. Fayetteville opened the scoring on that 2nd inning injury scare which resulted in an inside-the-park home run, but the Mudcats responded with three singles (OF Hedbert Perez, SS Alberis Ferrer, OF Oswal Leones) and two walks in the top of the 3rd inning to grab a 2-1 lead. Three walks and a hit-by-pitch in the next inning then extended the advantage to 3-1. Starting RHP Alexander Cornielle (5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 6 Ks) faced quite a bit of traffic, but limited the damage. 1B Jesus Chirinos (1-for-3, double, 2 walks, RBI) came through with what would prove to be the game-winning RBI double in the top of the 10th inning, bringing home Manfred’s ghost (Leones) and earning Carolina a 3-3 series split. Three Quick Strikes: Leones (2-for-4, double, walk, RBI) had a nice game, doubling and scoring in the 7th inning to extend the lead to 4-2. The squad’s youngest pitcher (19-year old RHP Jeison Pena) struggled a bit, allowing Fayetteville to tie the game 4-4 with two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning, but 3B Luis Silva made a big play to eliminate a runner trying for home for the second out of the inning. RHPs Junior Montero (three hitters, three strikeouts), Miguel Guerrero (three-up, three-down 9th inning) and Brannon Jordan (three-up, three-down 10th inning) were fabulous in relief to give Carolina a chance to win the game. Next week’s outlook: 48-48 Carolina returns home to host 44-52 Kannapolis. I’d expect RHPs Jefferson Figueroa (6.27 season ERA) and Fernando Olguin (4.85 season ERA) to tag-team the opener. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. While the full season affiliates have their travel day on Monday, the short season DSL and ACL clubs are back in action. Also keep a close watch out for signing of draftees (Monday deadline – how about it Cameron Wagoner, Noah Hall, etc.?) and MLB trades (Tuesday deadline). Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League Scoreboard Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  13. Transactions: OF Tyrone Taylor assigned to Nashville this weekend for his concussion rehab stint. (Taylor was 0-for-4, one K on Saturday.) OF Matt Lipka was acquired from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations. This is the second consecutive season the Brewers have done this, as cash was sent to the Diamondbacks in late June 2021 for Lipka's services. Lipka then enjoyed a nice run in Nashville last summer. Thus far in 2022, the 30-year-old Lipka had struggled at AAA Rochester, with a .577 OPS through 104 at-bats. Prior to this deal, the Brewers' last trade with the Nationals was for a AAA depth southpaw in July of last summer. Only 12 months ago, so you remember who, right? Answer is at the link Finally on the transaction front, Milwaukee is making use of the final vestiges of their January 2022 international signing bonus pool, signing a RHP and CF, both 17-years-old, detailed here. It is not believed either signing involved significant dollars at this point in the process. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Memphis (Cardinals) 10, Nashville 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Break First Horizon Park Attendance Record - A record 12,409 fans came out for Star Wars Night on Saturday You know the game didn't go well when everything in the game summary headline is about the Nashville fan base (which kudos to them, as the following there is excellent). But there are tidbits within the report (Pablo Reyes, Lucas Erceg), so don't be scared off of clicking by the final score. For fans of the legendary Olympic "Miracle on Ice", the starting pitchers were Herb and Brooks. Hey, remember when RHP Aaron Brooks was a member of Milwaukee's 40-man roster? Brooks was traded to Oakland for cash after his August 2018 DFA, never appearing at the big-league level for the Crew, and has carved out quite the journeyman career, including two recent seasons in Korea. Nashville had three doubles among its six hits (Reyes, Brice Turang, Weston Wilson), but didn't draw a single walk. RHP Luis Perdomo allowed two hits and a run in his latest inning of injury rehab work. Those Cardinals teams -- having guys ejected in the 8th inning, up 10-0. You do you, Redbirds. Hey, something for the massive crowd to cheer on this night. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Tennessee (Cubs) 4, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally Falls a Run Short in Shuckers' Defeat - Mitchell Drives in Two More for Biloxi We indicated yesterday we'd limit commentary and just let this latest Garrett Mitchell run ride, so as not to jinx it. It's working! Remember when Khris Davis would hit exactly .248 every year during his power binge years with Oakland? Check out RHP Victor Castaneda's year-to-year WHIP, in fact compare his batting average against, WHIP, ground ball ratio and more between this season and last. Castaneda only walked one here - that's been an issue prior - but given his stuff, the Brewers surely were hoping for better development at this point from the soon-to-be 24-year-old native of Mexico. Castaneda's line here was aided by the stranding of two inherited runners by RHP Harold Chirino with just one out in the 6th. Cam Devanney, playing third base in this one, walked (OPS now .828), but he's been so valuable all season and got some press up north this morning - *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: West Michigan (Tigers) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Fall 3-1 to Whitecaps - Warren’s homer is Wisconsin’s only run Darn, all three opponent base hits came in the fateful first inning. Justin Jarvis got through seven innings on 101 pitches; he has made big strides in 2022 after a rough April and should be a mainstay of the Biloxi rotation next season, when he'll be just 23 years old. Keep in mind this was a road game, but regardless, the local media shines the light on an excellent catch by Arbert Cipion in right field, and we watch Tristan Peters have a potential "fair pole" home run snatched away within this highlight package: A bit of a homecoming for Zavier Warren in this series, so his home run must have been rewarding, even in the loss. He was quoted in this article earlier in the week, expressing his appreciation: LMCU Ballpark plays Central Michigan University's fight song at Whitecaps game *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 10, Delmarva (Orioles) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Los Pescados Rally for Six in the Eighth in 10-2 Victory - Jeferson Quero went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead single in the second and a two-run double in the eighth OK, finally a win to celebrate and an emphatic one at that! "Chourio?! We don't need no stinkin' Chourio!" We'll jump all the way to the six-run 8th as Hendry Mendez cracked an RBI ground-rule double. From earlier this week, Baseball America's Josh Norris (Jackson Chourio's biggest fan), now has his sights set on Mendez: This is a joyous double-highlight tweet - both Jeferson Quero (DH'ing here) and Eduardo Garcia are featured. Folks, if you know Carolina's ballpark and the high wall in center, you recognize that Garcia's blast is an absolute bomb - young man has strength for days. The mound work here was excellent, and if Dominican-born RHP Alexander Cornielle can reign in the walks as he did in this one (zero), the sky's the limit for him. Cornielle doesn't turn 21 until next month. Thanks, Mudcats, for this game, we needed it, and yes, the Los Pescados jerseys are sweet! *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 9, ACL Brewers Gold 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Blue Man Group moves to 12-18 with the win, while the Golden Youngies fall back to .500 at 15-15. Congrats to 18-year-old second baseman Jonatan Guzman on his first pro home run. The Dominican native is debuting this summer in Maryvale. Guzman was part of the prized 2021 Chourio-Mendez, etc. international class but unlike Jackson, Hendry and others, did not play in 2021. I often check these HR "first's" in the game log to see if any were of the inside-the-park variety. Hey, at Maryvale, you never know. This one was pulled to left over the fence off of RHP Kevin Briceno, who we had recently highlighted after his own promotion from the Dominican Complex League (it'll always be the DSL to us). Briceno was charged with four runs against in 3.1 innings in his first U.S. appearance, though he did not walk a batter, which is par for the course for him. Switch-hitting 19-year-old Curacao native Jamal Zalm connected on his first stateside home run and 2nd pro blast (also off Briceno). It seems Zalm has settled into a corner outfield role as of late, rather than his utility infield beginnings. As you'll see in the box score, three others homered in this one. Right fielder Eduarqui Fernandez was ejected arguing a called third strike with his team up 7-1 in the 5th inning - who says there's no passion in these inter-organizational games? 6'8" LHP Angel Perdomo retired all three he faced in his latest rehab appearance, fanning one. With Luis Perdomo rehabbing at Nashville, Angel Perdomo here, and 20-year-old RHP Michael Perdomo also pitching in this game. I'm all Perdomo'd out. As noted above, the Maryvale kids are now idle until Thursday. *** Final: DSL Angels 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 5 Box Score / Game Log Crew #1 scored three in the 7th to inch to within one and had men on 1st and 2nd with one out when the rally fizzled after an Angels pitching change. The team dropped to 11-17 on the season. Hey, another first career home run to acknowledge, as 18-year-old RF Duncan Garcia pulled a drive to left field leading off that 7th inning. Garcia had two of the four hits on the day for his club. *** Final: DSL Tigers #2 Squad 8, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6 Box Score / Game Log Crew #2 (17-13) squandered a 6-4 9th inning lead here. (No, Josh Hader was not getting side work in...) In the fateful inning, RHP Waldin Rodriguez entered the game, hit a batter, was not ejected, but immediately pulled (injured)? RHP Stanley Encarnacion entered and took the loss. Getting work in? Brewers utilized eight pitchers, but it wasn't a bullpen game, as 18-year-old starting RHP Daniel Corniel, a Venezuelan native, tossed five scoreless, and allowed only two baserunners (double, single), in what was clearly the best outing of his rookie season. Brewers were 7-of-8 in stolen base attempts. We'll send you for a box score review again for the two Crew #2 home runs. Plenty of pitching changes, but three hours, 50 minutes? Not the first time we've noticed this on the island, where pitch clocks are likely not in vogue yet. Back to action Monday for both island clubs. *** The four full-season clubs have early afternoon start times Sunday, and the Shuckers and Timber Rattlers will be extra-anxious to head home after two full weeks on the road. Enjoy your summer Sunday, everyone! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  14. It's not just the big-league Brewers who are stumbling towards the break associated with the mid-summer classic. After Sunday's action, all four full-season affiliates will be off until Friday the 22nd. The Arizona Complex League is now off until Thursday the 21st. Only the Dominican Summer League games maintain a normal schedule this week, with games set for this Monday. Not only that, but you'll notice there's been no buzz around any league All-Star games. Apparently, the powers around MiLB saw more benefit on having a full player time-off reset - so for instance, no Southern, Midwest or Carolina League All-Star Games this year. It would have been tough to coordinate with so many of the best prospects already in action for the Futures Game this weekend. Speaking of the Futures Game, MLB.com broke down how each team's representatives fared, so here's your most convenient click to learn about OF's Jackson Chourio and Joey Wiemer and LHP Antoine Kelly. Transactions: OF Tyrone Taylor assigned to Nashville this weekend for his concussion rehab stint. (Taylor was 0-for-4, one K on Saturday.) OF Matt Lipka was acquired from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations. This is the second consecutive season the Brewers have done this, as cash was sent to the Diamondbacks in late June 2021 for Lipka's services. Lipka then enjoyed a nice run in Nashville last summer. Thus far in 2022, the 30-year-old Lipka had struggled at AAA Rochester, with a .577 OPS through 104 at-bats. Prior to this deal, the Brewers' last trade with the Nationals was for a AAA depth southpaw in July of last summer. Only 12 months ago, so you remember who, right? Answer is at the link Finally on the transaction front, Milwaukee is making use of the final vestiges of their January 2022 international signing bonus pool, signing a RHP and CF, both 17-years-old, detailed here. It is not believed either signing involved significant dollars at this point in the process. *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Memphis (Cardinals) 10, Nashville 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, and we encourage readers to review each of the affiliate write-ups as part of their Link Report routine: Sounds Break First Horizon Park Attendance Record - A record 12,409 fans came out for Star Wars Night on Saturday You know the game didn't go well when everything in the game summary headline is about the Nashville fan base (which kudos to them, as the following there is excellent). But there are tidbits within the report (Pablo Reyes, Lucas Erceg), so don't be scared off of clicking by the final score. For fans of the legendary Olympic "Miracle on Ice", the starting pitchers were Herb and Brooks. Hey, remember when RHP Aaron Brooks was a member of Milwaukee's 40-man roster? Brooks was traded to Oakland for cash after his August 2018 DFA, never appearing at the big-league level for the Crew, and has carved out quite the journeyman career, including two recent seasons in Korea. Nashville had three doubles among its six hits (Reyes, Brice Turang, Weston Wilson), but didn't draw a single walk. RHP Luis Perdomo allowed two hits and a run in his latest inning of injury rehab work. Those Cardinals teams -- having guys ejected in the 8th inning, up 10-0. You do you, Redbirds. Hey, something for the massive crowd to cheer on this night. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Tennessee (Cubs) 4, Biloxi 3 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally Falls a Run Short in Shuckers' Defeat - Mitchell Drives in Two More for Biloxi We indicated yesterday we'd limit commentary and just let this latest Garrett Mitchell run ride, so as not to jinx it. It's working! Remember when Khris Davis would hit exactly .248 every year during his power binge years with Oakland? Check out RHP Victor Castaneda's year-to-year WHIP, in fact compare his batting average against, WHIP, ground ball ratio and more between this season and last. Castaneda only walked one here - that's been an issue prior - but given his stuff, the Brewers surely were hoping for better development at this point from the soon-to-be 24-year-old native of Mexico. Castaneda's line here was aided by the stranding of two inherited runners by RHP Harold Chirino with just one out in the 6th. Cam Devanney, playing third base in this one, walked (OPS now .828), but he's been so valuable all season and got some press up north this morning - *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: West Michigan (Tigers) 3, Wisconsin 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Fall 3-1 to Whitecaps - Warren’s homer is Wisconsin’s only run Darn, all three opponent base hits came in the fateful first inning. Justin Jarvis got through seven innings on 101 pitches; he has made big strides in 2022 after a rough April and should be a mainstay of the Biloxi rotation next season, when he'll be just 23 years old. Keep in mind this was a road game, but regardless, the local media shines the light on an excellent catch by Arbert Cipion in right field, and we watch Tristan Peters have a potential "fair pole" home run snatched away within this highlight package: A bit of a homecoming for Zavier Warren in this series, so his home run must have been rewarding, even in the loss. He was quoted in this article earlier in the week, expressing his appreciation: LMCU Ballpark plays Central Michigan University's fight song at Whitecaps game *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 10, Delmarva (Orioles) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, details, please review: Los Pescados Rally for Six in the Eighth in 10-2 Victory - Jeferson Quero went 2-for-3 with a go-ahead single in the second and a two-run double in the eighth OK, finally a win to celebrate and an emphatic one at that! "Chourio?! We don't need no stinkin' Chourio!" We'll jump all the way to the six-run 8th as Hendry Mendez cracked an RBI ground-rule double. From earlier this week, Baseball America's Josh Norris (Jackson Chourio's biggest fan), now has his sights set on Mendez: This is a joyous double-highlight tweet - both Jeferson Quero (DH'ing here) and Eduardo Garcia are featured. Folks, if you know Carolina's ballpark and the high wall in center, you recognize that Garcia's blast is an absolute bomb - young man has strength for days. The mound work here was excellent, and if Dominican-born RHP Alexander Cornielle can reign in the walks as he did in this one (zero), the sky's the limit for him. Cornielle doesn't turn 21 until next month. Thanks, Mudcats, for this game, we needed it, and yes, the Los Pescados jerseys are sweet! *** Final: ACL Brewers Blue 9, ACL Brewers Gold 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Blue Man Group moves to 12-18 with the win, while the Golden Youngies fall back to .500 at 15-15. Congrats to 18-year-old second baseman Jonatan Guzman on his first pro home run. The Dominican native is debuting this summer in Maryvale. Guzman was part of the prized 2021 Chourio-Mendez, etc. international class but unlike Jackson, Hendry and others, did not play in 2021. I often check these HR "first's" in the game log to see if any were of the inside-the-park variety. Hey, at Maryvale, you never know. This one was pulled to left over the fence off of RHP Kevin Briceno, who we had recently highlighted after his own promotion from the Dominican Complex League (it'll always be the DSL to us). Briceno was charged with four runs against in 3.1 innings in his first U.S. appearance, though he did not walk a batter, which is par for the course for him. Switch-hitting 19-year-old Curacao native Jamal Zalm connected on his first stateside home run and 2nd pro blast (also off Briceno). It seems Zalm has settled into a corner outfield role as of late, rather than his utility infield beginnings. As you'll see in the box score, three others homered in this one. Right fielder Eduarqui Fernandez was ejected arguing a called third strike with his team up 7-1 in the 5th inning - who says there's no passion in these inter-organizational games? 6'8" LHP Angel Perdomo retired all three he faced in his latest rehab appearance, fanning one. With Luis Perdomo rehabbing at Nashville, Angel Perdomo here, and 20-year-old RHP Michael Perdomo also pitching in this game. I'm all Perdomo'd out. As noted above, the Maryvale kids are now idle until Thursday. *** Final: DSL Angels 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 5 Box Score / Game Log Crew #1 scored three in the 7th to inch to within one and had men on 1st and 2nd with one out when the rally fizzled after an Angels pitching change. The team dropped to 11-17 on the season. Hey, another first career home run to acknowledge, as 18-year-old RF Duncan Garcia pulled a drive to left field leading off that 7th inning. Garcia had two of the four hits on the day for his club. *** Final: DSL Tigers #2 Squad 8, DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6 Box Score / Game Log Crew #2 (17-13) squandered a 6-4 9th inning lead here. (No, Josh Hader was not getting side work in...) In the fateful inning, RHP Waldin Rodriguez entered the game, hit a batter, was not ejected, but immediately pulled (injured)? RHP Stanley Encarnacion entered and took the loss. Getting work in? Brewers utilized eight pitchers, but it wasn't a bullpen game, as 18-year-old starting RHP Daniel Corniel, a Venezuelan native, tossed five scoreless, and allowed only two baserunners (double, single), in what was clearly the best outing of his rookie season. Brewers were 7-of-8 in stolen base attempts. We'll send you for a box score review again for the two Crew #2 home runs. Plenty of pitching changes, but three hours, 50 minutes? Not the first time we've noticed this on the island, where pitch clocks are likely not in vogue yet. Back to action Monday for both island clubs. *** The four full-season clubs have early afternoon start times Sunday, and the Shuckers and Timber Rattlers will be extra-anxious to head home after two full weeks on the road. Enjoy your summer Sunday, everyone! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth View full article
  15. The Brewers’ full season affiliates managed just one win in four games in spite of terrific starting pitching all around (Alexander Cornielle – 2 runs, 11 Ks; Brandon Woodruff – 1 run, 7 Ks; Victor Castaneda – 0 runs, 4 Ks; Caleb Boushley – 1 run; 3 Ks). Offensively, the only clutch performers were catchers: Wisconsin’s Darrien Miller (two-run homer) and Biloxi’s Jakson Reetz (3-for-4, 2 RBIs). The losses for Carolina and Biloxi unfortunately ended their hopes of capturing first half division titles. In the short season leagues, the young men in Arizona and the Dominican Republic split their games, with two wins and two losses. At the mid-point in the week, Carolina trails Down East 3-0, Wisconsin leads Quad Cities 2-1, Biloxi leads Pensacola 2-1 and Nashville is behind Gwinnett 2-1. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Boushley, Castaneda, Miller and Reetz. Transactions: INF Patrick Dorrian acquired from Baltimore in exchange for cash OF Larry Ernesto reinstated from 7-day injured list and transferred to ACL Brewers Blue (but Ernesto unfortunately exited the game immediately after his first inning at-bat) RHP Brandon Woodruff will make rehab start at High-A Wisconsin Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 3, Carolina 2 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: Cornielle Totals 11 Ks in 3-2 First Half Finale Loss The surprising Mudcats needed a win to have any hope of carrying the first half division title, but instead lost a second consecutive one-run game at Down East. But don’t blame starting RHP Alexander Cornielle, who pitched an exceptional game, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out eleven Wood Ducks and walking just one. Carolina grabbed the initial 1-0 lead on two singles and two walks in the third inning, but Down East starter 24-year old Ryan Garcia escaped further damage via back-to-back strikeouts. A Wood Duck homer in the fifth inning, then RBI double in the sixth inning, put the Mudcats in a 2-1 deficit. The double came off of RHP Michele Vassalotti, who’d relieved Cornielle with two outs and a man on second base. Leadoff eighth inning singles by Eduardo Garcia and Jackson Chourio had Carolina in great position to do damage, though Manager Victor Estevez may be asking himself whether the subsequent sacrifice bunt was worth it. Of course, the bunt served its intended purpose, moving the runners over so that the Mudcats tied the game 2-2 on a ground out, but it also removed one chance at a big inning. Vassalotti and LHP Karlos Morales ably covered the 7th and 8th innings, but Morales ended up taking the tough loss by conceding a one-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Mudcats third consecutive loss at Down East. Credit both defenses for registering zero errors or passed balls, but especially the Wood Ducks for throwing out both Mudcat attempted base stealers. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4 Jackson Chourio – 1-3, walk, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-3, walk Alexander Cornielle – 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 Ks Michele Vassalotti – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Karlos Morales (Loss) – 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jefferson Figueroa (6.39 ERA, 1.62 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings) is scheduled to start Game Four of the series in Down East, with Carolina hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Woodruff Sharp in Rehab Start as Rattlers Win Youtube highlights from Wisconsin’s exceptional media team: Wisconsin was the sole full season winner on this night, getting significant help from three Major League rehabbers, giving the Timber Rattlers a 2-1 series lead at home against Quad Cities. Rehabber #1 Brandon Woodruff cruised through the first four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. Perhaps he tired a bit in the fifth inning, giving up a home run, walk and single, but he’ll definitely be pleased with the five-inning, one run, seven strikeout effort. Rehabber #2 Mike Brosseau opened the scoring in the fourth inning by singling and scoring on a sacrifice fly. Then Darrien Miller, in his second game back from an extended layoff, smacked his fourth homer of the season to bring home Tristan Peters (who’d singled) and give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead. Rehabber #3 Trevor Gott pitched a clean sixth inning and RHP Christian Tripp a clean seventh inning before Tripp ran into trouble (double, walk) to start the eighth inning. RHP James Meeker picked him up, getting a sacrifice bunt out (thank you opposing manager), strikeout and line out to right field to maintain the 3-1 Wisconsin advantage. Meeker then covered the ninth inning as well for the two-inning save, his fourth save of the year. There were no stolen base attempts and the teams combined to go 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Mike Brosseau – 2-4, double Darrien Miller – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 1-3, double Joe Gray Jr. – 1-3, RBI, SF Wes Clarke – 1-3, walk Brandon Woodruff (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks Trevor Gott – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K James Meeker (Save) – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K AUDIO via the Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast: "The Timber Rattlers closed out the first half of the season with a 3-1 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits. Brandon Woodruff, Trevor Gott, and Mike Brosseau all contributed on rehab assignments from the Milwaukee Brewers. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the game and make way for Woodruff meeting the local media after his five inning start. Then, Darrien Miller, James Meeker, & Joe Ayrault join the fun." Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis looks to continue his excellent run of form (2.38 ERA in last 45 1/3 innings with 57 strikeouts) and give Wisconsin a 3-1 series lead over Quad Cities. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 10, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Wahoos Top Shuckers 10-6 Biloxi needed to sweep Pensacola 6-0 this week to steal the first half division title, but couldn’t grab a third straight win against the tough opponent. Again, don’t blame the starting pitcher though, as RHP Victor Castaneda was his usual exceptional self in his first game back from injury. Unfortunately, he could only go three scoreless, one-hit, four-K, zero-walk innings though, as he works himself back to full strength. The Shuckers bats were dormant most of the game, in particular over the first four innings as they registered zero hits over that span in the 0-0 game. This enabled Pensacola to grab a fifth inning 2-0 lead via two hits and a walk off reliever RHP Justin Bullock. The Blue Wahoo advantage then grew to 5-0 through three hits, a hit batsman and a passed ball in the sixth inning. DH/C Jakson Reetz did his best to give Biloxi chances to stay in the game, delivering an inning-opening double in the fifth inning, then a two-out, two-run single to cut the deficit to 5-2 in the sixth inning. The last big Biloxi chance came down 5-2, with two-on, one-out in the bottom of the eighth inning, but unfortunately Pensacola was able to get the inning ending ground ball double play. RHP J.T. Hintzen will want to forget his five-run, six-hit ninth inning, which ballooned the deficit to 10-2. On the bright side, Cam Devanney doubled in his final at-bat to extend his hitting streak to a Biloxi-record 16 games. This was part of a four-run, five-hit final inning to make the final score look more respectable. Jakson Reetz – 3-4, double, 2 RBIs Noah Campbell – 2-5, double, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double Yeison Coca – 1-4, RBI Terence Doston – 1-4, RBI Victor Castaneda – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks Justin Bullock (Loss) – 3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K Taylor Floyd – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP TJ Shook (3.50 ERA in 61 2/3 innings of High-A/AA ball) looks for his third victory with Biloxi, which would give the team a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Gwinnett's Late Homer Clips Sounds For the third time, I say “Don’t blame the starting pitcher.” In this one, RHP Caleb Boushley was fabulous once again, conceding just one run over five innings of work. Corey Ray is showing some nice resiliency in spite of recently being outrighted off of the Brewers’ 40-man roster, throwing out a runner at third base in the top half of the second inning, then homering (fourth of the year) to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom half. The tight 1-1 game was opened up in the seventh inning, as RHP Alec Bettinger yielded a single and two-run homer for a 3-1 deficit. Nashville’s offense rarely threatened against Gwinnett’s terrific pitching, going 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Corey Ray – 1-4, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 1-3 Caleb Boushley – 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Jandel Gustave – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Alec Bettinger (Loss) – 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Dylan File (4.50 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.2 K/9 in 60 innings) looks for a victory in his 14th game of the year (11th start) to even up Nashville’s series at home against Gwinnett 2-2. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Angels 5, ACL Brewers Blue 0 Box Score / Game Log The Blue team fell to 3-10 on the season, producing more errors (4) than hits (3) in squandering a solid start from 19-year old RHP Jared Albir (3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 innings this year). Three of the four Crew pitchers were effective here. 24-year old RHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.50 ERA in 6 innings) would like a promotion to Carolina, please. He entered a two-on, one-out situation in the sixth inning, ending the threat by inducing a double play ground out. He then worked around an error for a clean seventh inning. 20-year old RHP Anthony Perez made a successful stateside debut after his recent promotion from the DSL. Only 87 degrees and overcast, must have been a welcome change. All three Brewer hits were singles, 0-for-3 with RISP. 21-year-old switch-hitting OF Larry Ernesto made his 2022 debut, getting called out on strikes in the bottom of the 1st, and then was replaced defensively in left field immediately. Planned one-inning re-introduction? Remarkably, this is already Ernesto's fifth year in the system (2020 counts). Since signing for $1.7 million in June of 2017, Ernesto has posted a .605 OPS in 119 games, with a nearly 38% strikeout rate in 426 at-bats. Performances of Note: Quinton Low – 1-3, HBP Jared Albir (Loss) – 5 1/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 Ks Leoni De La Cruz – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Final: ACL Brewers Gold 14, ACL Rangers 3 Box Score / Game Log Much better day for the Golden Boys who improved their record to 8-5 with a nice 14-run, 13-hit, 8-walk, 2-HBP barrage in this road contest, 101 degrees in Surprise, 87 in Maryvale. 18-year old INF Jadher Areinamo (.804 season OPS) produced four of the team’s ten RBIs in the game, as he makes his case for an opportunity in Low-A Carolina in the near future. 19-year old INF Jose Caballero (.444/.529/.519 after 27 at-bats, only three Ks) singled and scored on a wild pitch to grab a first inning 1-0 lead, before Areinamo restored the lead at 3-2 with a two-out, two-RBI single in the second inning. 18-year old SS Gregory Barrios, signed for $1 million in January 2021 (not to be confused with shortstop Johan Barrios, signed for $1.385 million in January 2022), reached base all five trips, two singles and three walks. OK, yes, we will confuse them often - both from Venezuela, but apparently not related. Gregory is a switch-hitter. With three singles, left-handed swinging OF Luis Castillo pushed his OPS to 1.193 after 45 at-bats. You'll see in the box score the lopsided result allowed for a bit of bench-clearing with some substitutions late. However, one of the sub-outs was corner infielder Jesus Parra, playing first base in this game, who exited after being hit by a pitch in the 6th. Only one earned run allowed among the four Gold pitchers, do not mean to slight them here, be sure to check the box and log as you see fit. 24-year-old indy ball signing Ryan Middendorf is doing exactly what players in that profile need to – dominate from the start. Thursday marked his second outing since signing out of the Frontier League. Others performed well as you might imagine given the score. Performances of Note: Luis Castillo – 3-5 Jadher Areinamo – 2-5, double, 4 RBIs Gregory Barrios – 2-2, 3 walks, RBI Eduarh Colina – 2-4, walk, RBI Jose Caballero – 1-3, walk, SF, 2 RBIs Diego Larez – 1-3, double, walk, HBP Jesus Parra – 1-3, double, HBP Trevor Tietz (Win) – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2Ks Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The DSL Brewers1 squad fell to 3-11 on the season, colleting one run on four hits, though managed to walk seven times while leaving nine men on base. Tigers put a 3-1 game out-of-reach with a three-spot in their final at-bat in the 6th. All eleven combined hits in this game were singles, Brewers mustering four knocks only, though they reached eight times by walk or HBP. Second-year catcher Edgardo Ordonez, a left-handed bat (love those LH bats behind the plate) posted an .867 OPS last summer in 84 at-bats, and the 18-year-old Venezuelan native reached base twice here to move his early 2022 OPS to .900. One to watch. We'll give 18-year-old 6'3" Dominican rookie RHP Leonardo Rivera a shoutout for stranding two inherited runners by fanning the only man he faced. Rivera had struggled in his three prior appearances. The Brewers nearly tied the game in the fourth inning on INF Jose Pena’s RBI single, but OF Duncan Garcia was gunned down at home and then exited the game early. Instead, the 2-1 deficit was as close as they could get. OF Luis Lara (.928) and C Edgardo Ordonez (.900 OPS) each collected one hit, while 1B Arnys Rodriguez (.842 OPS) managed a walk. Performances of Note: Jose Pena – 1-2, walk, RBI Edgardo Ordonez – 1-3, walk Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Giants Black 3, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Their victory lifted the Brewers2 club back to an even record of 7-7. Giants committed five errors, though the Crew earned all but one of their runs regardless. Minus a passed ball, Crew #2 played clean defense. C Eric Martinez doubled, the lone extra-base hit among the seven Crew knocks. It was a busy day for Martinez, he had an RBI single in the 3rd and would later in that frame steal home as part of a double steal. The Brewers scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, thrice in the 3rd. INF Demetrio Nadal gave the team a first inning 1-0 lead by singling and scoring on an error, with INF Erick Reyes repeating the single-and-score-on-error procedure in the second inning before Martinez doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 advantage. Brewers2 opened the game up at 6-1 with the three-run third inning on RBI singles by Martinez and INF Edgardo Reyes, plus Martinez’ aforementioned steal of home. Things nearly came apart in the sixth inning for RHP Darling Solano, who gave up a double and two walks to start the frame, but he struck out three of the next four batters to escape with a 6-3 lead and earn the win. Although Brewers2 went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position (stranding seven runners in the game), Giants Black were thankfully more futile in this regard (0-for-9, stranding 11 runners in the game). OF Irving Iguales (.943 season OPS) collected one hit, though INF Juan Baez (.862 season OPS) went 0-for-4 (but with zero strikeouts). As always, we invite you to check out the inning-by-inning game logs we link to. MiLB.com makes the logs easy to digest, and especially at the complex level, the logs will provide additional insights during your Link Report routine. No intention of purposely not focusing a great deal on the complex league pitching today – nothing stood out as overpowering of note. The day's efforts ranged from middling to solid. Performances of Note: Eric Martinez – 2-3, double, RBI, SB Edgardo Reyes – 1-2, HBP, RBI, SB Francisco Nina – 1-2, walk, SB Reminton Batista – 1-3, walk We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s seven games (including the DSL squads battling each other this morning)! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League ScoreboardLinks for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  16. Carolina lost a second straight heartbreaker. Wisconsin received help from three MLB rehabbers to win a second straight game. Biloxi couldn’t keep up with Pensacola’s firepower. Nashville kept it close, but managed just one win in their loss. The Brewers’ full season affiliates managed just one win in four games in spite of terrific starting pitching all around (Alexander Cornielle – 2 runs, 11 Ks; Brandon Woodruff – 1 run, 7 Ks; Victor Castaneda – 0 runs, 4 Ks; Caleb Boushley – 1 run; 3 Ks). Offensively, the only clutch performers were catchers: Wisconsin’s Darrien Miller (two-run homer) and Biloxi’s Jakson Reetz (3-for-4, 2 RBIs). The losses for Carolina and Biloxi unfortunately ended their hopes of capturing first half division titles. In the short season leagues, the young men in Arizona and the Dominican Republic split their games, with two wins and two losses. At the mid-point in the week, Carolina trails Down East 3-0, Wisconsin leads Quad Cities 2-1, Biloxi leads Pensacola 2-1 and Nashville is behind Gwinnett 2-1. Thursday’s Game Balls go to the aforementioned Cornielle, Boushley, Castaneda, Miller and Reetz. Transactions: INF Patrick Dorrian acquired from Baltimore in exchange for cash OF Larry Ernesto reinstated from 7-day injured list and transferred to ACL Brewers Blue (but Ernesto unfortunately exited the game immediately after his first inning at-bat) RHP Brandon Woodruff will make rehab start at High-A Wisconsin Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 3, Carolina 2 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: Cornielle Totals 11 Ks in 3-2 First Half Finale Loss The surprising Mudcats needed a win to have any hope of carrying the first half division title, but instead lost a second consecutive one-run game at Down East. But don’t blame starting RHP Alexander Cornielle, who pitched an exceptional game, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out eleven Wood Ducks and walking just one. Carolina grabbed the initial 1-0 lead on two singles and two walks in the third inning, but Down East starter 24-year old Ryan Garcia escaped further damage via back-to-back strikeouts. A Wood Duck homer in the fifth inning, then RBI double in the sixth inning, put the Mudcats in a 2-1 deficit. The double came off of RHP Michele Vassalotti, who’d relieved Cornielle with two outs and a man on second base. Leadoff eighth inning singles by Eduardo Garcia and Jackson Chourio had Carolina in great position to do damage, though Manager Victor Estevez may be asking himself whether the subsequent sacrifice bunt was worth it. Of course, the bunt served its intended purpose, moving the runners over so that the Mudcats tied the game 2-2 on a ground out, but it also removed one chance at a big inning. Vassalotti and LHP Karlos Morales ably covered the 7th and 8th innings, but Morales ended up taking the tough loss by conceding a one-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Mudcats third consecutive loss at Down East. Credit both defenses for registering zero errors or passed balls, but especially the Wood Ducks for throwing out both Mudcat attempted base stealers. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4 Jackson Chourio – 1-3, walk, RBI Jesus Chirinos – 1-3, walk Alexander Cornielle – 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 Ks Michele Vassalotti – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K Karlos Morales (Loss) – 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Jefferson Figueroa (6.39 ERA, 1.62 WHIP in 25 1/3 innings) is scheduled to start Game Four of the series in Down East, with Carolina hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, rainout details: Woodruff Sharp in Rehab Start as Rattlers Win Youtube highlights from Wisconsin’s exceptional media team: Wisconsin was the sole full season winner on this night, getting significant help from three Major League rehabbers, giving the Timber Rattlers a 2-1 series lead at home against Quad Cities. Rehabber #1 Brandon Woodruff cruised through the first four innings, retiring the first 12 batters he faced. Perhaps he tired a bit in the fifth inning, giving up a home run, walk and single, but he’ll definitely be pleased with the five-inning, one run, seven strikeout effort. Rehabber #2 Mike Brosseau opened the scoring in the fourth inning by singling and scoring on a sacrifice fly. Then Darrien Miller, in his second game back from an extended layoff, smacked his fourth homer of the season to bring home Tristan Peters (who’d singled) and give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead. Rehabber #3 Trevor Gott pitched a clean sixth inning and RHP Christian Tripp a clean seventh inning before Tripp ran into trouble (double, walk) to start the eighth inning. RHP James Meeker picked him up, getting a sacrifice bunt out (thank you opposing manager), strikeout and line out to right field to maintain the 3-1 Wisconsin advantage. Meeker then covered the ninth inning as well for the two-inning save, his fourth save of the year. There were no stolen base attempts and the teams combined to go 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Mike Brosseau – 2-4, double Darrien Miller – 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 1-3, double Joe Gray Jr. – 1-3, RBI, SF Wes Clarke – 1-3, walk Brandon Woodruff (Win) – 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 Ks Trevor Gott – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Christian Tripp – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K James Meeker (Save) – 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K AUDIO via the Rattler Radio Postgame Podcast: "The Timber Rattlers closed out the first half of the season with a 3-1 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits. Brandon Woodruff, Trevor Gott, and Mike Brosseau all contributed on rehab assignments from the Milwaukee Brewers. Chris Mehring & Kyle Lobner discuss the game and make way for Woodruff meeting the local media after his five inning start. Then, Darrien Miller, James Meeker, & Joe Ayrault join the fun." Friday’s outlook: RHP Justin Jarvis looks to continue his excellent run of form (2.38 ERA in last 45 1/3 innings with 57 strikeouts) and give Wisconsin a 3-1 series lead over Quad Cities. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Pensacola 10, Biloxi 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Wahoos Top Shuckers 10-6 Biloxi needed to sweep Pensacola 6-0 this week to steal the first half division title, but couldn’t grab a third straight win against the tough opponent. Again, don’t blame the starting pitcher though, as RHP Victor Castaneda was his usual exceptional self in his first game back from injury. Unfortunately, he could only go three scoreless, one-hit, four-K, zero-walk innings though, as he works himself back to full strength. The Shuckers bats were dormant most of the game, in particular over the first four innings as they registered zero hits over that span in the 0-0 game. This enabled Pensacola to grab a fifth inning 2-0 lead via two hits and a walk off reliever RHP Justin Bullock. The Blue Wahoo advantage then grew to 5-0 through three hits, a hit batsman and a passed ball in the sixth inning. DH/C Jakson Reetz did his best to give Biloxi chances to stay in the game, delivering an inning-opening double in the fifth inning, then a two-out, two-run single to cut the deficit to 5-2 in the sixth inning. The last big Biloxi chance came down 5-2, with two-on, one-out in the bottom of the eighth inning, but unfortunately Pensacola was able to get the inning ending ground ball double play. RHP J.T. Hintzen will want to forget his five-run, six-hit ninth inning, which ballooned the deficit to 10-2. On the bright side, Cam Devanney doubled in his final at-bat to extend his hitting streak to a Biloxi-record 16 games. This was part of a four-run, five-hit final inning to make the final score look more respectable. Jakson Reetz – 3-4, double, 2 RBIs Noah Campbell – 2-5, double, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-4, double Yeison Coca – 1-4, RBI Terence Doston – 1-4, RBI Victor Castaneda – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 Ks Justin Bullock (Loss) – 3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K Taylor Floyd – 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP TJ Shook (3.50 ERA in 61 2/3 innings of High-A/AA ball) looks for his third victory with Biloxi, which would give the team a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Gwinnett 4, Nashville 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Gwinnett's Late Homer Clips Sounds For the third time, I say “Don’t blame the starting pitcher.” In this one, RHP Caleb Boushley was fabulous once again, conceding just one run over five innings of work. Corey Ray is showing some nice resiliency in spite of recently being outrighted off of the Brewers’ 40-man roster, throwing out a runner at third base in the top half of the second inning, then homering (fourth of the year) to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom half. The tight 1-1 game was opened up in the seventh inning, as RHP Alec Bettinger yielded a single and two-run homer for a 3-1 deficit. Nashville’s offense rarely threatened against Gwinnett’s terrific pitching, going 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Performances of Note: Corey Ray – 1-4, HR, RBI Weston Wilson – 1-3 Caleb Boushley – 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 Ks Jandel Gustave – 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K Alec Bettinger (Loss) – 3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: RHP Dylan File (4.50 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.2 K/9 in 60 innings) looks for a victory in his 14th game of the year (11th start) to even up Nashville’s series at home against Gwinnett 2-2. ARIZONA COMPLEX LEAGUE Final: ACL Angels 5, ACL Brewers Blue 0 Box Score / Game Log The Blue team fell to 3-10 on the season, producing more errors (4) than hits (3) in squandering a solid start from 19-year old RHP Jared Albir (3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 innings this year). Three of the four Crew pitchers were effective here. 24-year old RHP Leoni De La Cruz (1.50 ERA in 6 innings) would like a promotion to Carolina, please. He entered a two-on, one-out situation in the sixth inning, ending the threat by inducing a double play ground out. He then worked around an error for a clean seventh inning. 20-year old RHP Anthony Perez made a successful stateside debut after his recent promotion from the DSL. Only 87 degrees and overcast, must have been a welcome change. All three Brewer hits were singles, 0-for-3 with RISP. 21-year-old switch-hitting OF Larry Ernesto made his 2022 debut, getting called out on strikes in the bottom of the 1st, and then was replaced defensively in left field immediately. Planned one-inning re-introduction? Remarkably, this is already Ernesto's fifth year in the system (2020 counts). Since signing for $1.7 million in June of 2017, Ernesto has posted a .605 OPS in 119 games, with a nearly 38% strikeout rate in 426 at-bats. Performances of Note: Quinton Low – 1-3, HBP Jared Albir (Loss) – 5 1/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 WP, 2 Ks Leoni De La Cruz – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks Final: ACL Brewers Gold 14, ACL Rangers 3 Box Score / Game Log Much better day for the Golden Boys who improved their record to 8-5 with a nice 14-run, 13-hit, 8-walk, 2-HBP barrage in this road contest, 101 degrees in Surprise, 87 in Maryvale. 18-year old INF Jadher Areinamo (.804 season OPS) produced four of the team’s ten RBIs in the game, as he makes his case for an opportunity in Low-A Carolina in the near future. 19-year old INF Jose Caballero (.444/.529/.519 after 27 at-bats, only three Ks) singled and scored on a wild pitch to grab a first inning 1-0 lead, before Areinamo restored the lead at 3-2 with a two-out, two-RBI single in the second inning. 18-year old SS Gregory Barrios, signed for $1 million in January 2021 (not to be confused with shortstop Johan Barrios, signed for $1.385 million in January 2022), reached base all five trips, two singles and three walks. OK, yes, we will confuse them often - both from Venezuela, but apparently not related. Gregory is a switch-hitter. With three singles, left-handed swinging OF Luis Castillo pushed his OPS to 1.193 after 45 at-bats. You'll see in the box score the lopsided result allowed for a bit of bench-clearing with some substitutions late. However, one of the sub-outs was corner infielder Jesus Parra, playing first base in this game, who exited after being hit by a pitch in the 6th. Only one earned run allowed among the four Gold pitchers, do not mean to slight them here, be sure to check the box and log as you see fit. 24-year-old indy ball signing Ryan Middendorf is doing exactly what players in that profile need to – dominate from the start. Thursday marked his second outing since signing out of the Frontier League. Others performed well as you might imagine given the score. Performances of Note: Luis Castillo – 3-5 Jadher Areinamo – 2-5, double, 4 RBIs Gregory Barrios – 2-2, 3 walks, RBI Eduarh Colina – 2-4, walk, RBI Jose Caballero – 1-3, walk, SF, 2 RBIs Diego Larez – 1-3, double, walk, HBP Jesus Parra – 1-3, double, HBP Trevor Tietz (Win) – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2Ks Final: DSL Tigers #1 Squad 6, DSL Brewers #1 Squad 1, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log The DSL Brewers1 squad fell to 3-11 on the season, colleting one run on four hits, though managed to walk seven times while leaving nine men on base. Tigers put a 3-1 game out-of-reach with a three-spot in their final at-bat in the 6th. All eleven combined hits in this game were singles, Brewers mustering four knocks only, though they reached eight times by walk or HBP. Second-year catcher Edgardo Ordonez, a left-handed bat (love those LH bats behind the plate) posted an .867 OPS last summer in 84 at-bats, and the 18-year-old Venezuelan native reached base twice here to move his early 2022 OPS to .900. One to watch. We'll give 18-year-old 6'3" Dominican rookie RHP Leonardo Rivera a shoutout for stranding two inherited runners by fanning the only man he faced. Rivera had struggled in his three prior appearances. The Brewers nearly tied the game in the fourth inning on INF Jose Pena’s RBI single, but OF Duncan Garcia was gunned down at home and then exited the game early. Instead, the 2-1 deficit was as close as they could get. OF Luis Lara (.928) and C Edgardo Ordonez (.900 OPS) each collected one hit, while 1B Arnys Rodriguez (.842 OPS) managed a walk. Performances of Note: Jose Pena – 1-2, walk, RBI Edgardo Ordonez – 1-3, walk Final: DSL Brewers #2 Squad 6, DSL Giants Black 3, seven innings as scheduled Box Score / Game Log Their victory lifted the Brewers2 club back to an even record of 7-7. Giants committed five errors, though the Crew earned all but one of their runs regardless. Minus a passed ball, Crew #2 played clean defense. C Eric Martinez doubled, the lone extra-base hit among the seven Crew knocks. It was a busy day for Martinez, he had an RBI single in the 3rd and would later in that frame steal home as part of a double steal. The Brewers scored once in the 1st, twice in the 2nd, thrice in the 3rd. INF Demetrio Nadal gave the team a first inning 1-0 lead by singling and scoring on an error, with INF Erick Reyes repeating the single-and-score-on-error procedure in the second inning before Martinez doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 advantage. Brewers2 opened the game up at 6-1 with the three-run third inning on RBI singles by Martinez and INF Edgardo Reyes, plus Martinez’ aforementioned steal of home. Things nearly came apart in the sixth inning for RHP Darling Solano, who gave up a double and two walks to start the frame, but he struck out three of the next four batters to escape with a 6-3 lead and earn the win. Although Brewers2 went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position (stranding seven runners in the game), Giants Black were thankfully more futile in this regard (0-for-9, stranding 11 runners in the game). OF Irving Iguales (.943 season OPS) collected one hit, though INF Juan Baez (.862 season OPS) went 0-for-4 (but with zero strikeouts). As always, we invite you to check out the inning-by-inning game logs we link to. MiLB.com makes the logs easy to digest, and especially at the complex level, the logs will provide additional insights during your Link Report routine. No intention of purposely not focusing a great deal on the complex league pitching today – nothing stood out as overpowering of note. The day's efforts ranged from middling to solid. Performances of Note: Eric Martinez – 2-3, double, RBI, SB Edgardo Reyes – 1-2, HBP, RBI, SB Francisco Nina – 1-2, walk, SB Reminton Batista – 1-3, walk We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck in Friday’s seven games (including the DSL squads battling each other this morning)! Organizational Scoreboard including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Arizona Complex League Scoreboard Dominican Summer League ScoreboardLinks 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
  17. 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! 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  18. 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! 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  19. Transactions: Jandel Gustave (RHP) was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, JC Mejía (RHP) was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers, Brandon Ramey (RHP) was released by the Carolina Mudcats, Ernesto Martinez (1B) was placed on the IL retroactive to May 8th, Yeison Coca (INF) was transferred from Wisconsin to Nashville, Ashton McGee (3B/1B) was transferred from Biloxi to Wisconsin. Before you get started digesting the sweet tastes of four victories, take a moment to read up on our Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Month in Micah Bello, Brice Turang, TJ Shook, and Peter Strzelecki; all four young men were much deserving of these honors. Congratulations! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Fayetteville (Astros) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Open Trip with 2-1 Victory in Extras - Eduardo Garcia Broke a 1-1 Tie in the Eleventh with a Go-Ahead Single Before this contest started, the Brewers Fanatic Minor League forum was abuzz with talk of young and exciting prospect Jackson Chourio (OF). He continued his torrid pace and discipline at the plate on this fine evening with a 2-5 outing and zero strikeouts yet again. This young man appears to be something else. For those simply reading these reports at home, please feel free to check that forum link and take a peek at what Baseball America is saying of our youngest and extremely talented prospect - you won't be disappointed. For the record: Chourio joined the Mudcats on May 3 and has totaled six doubles and five multi-hit games in just seven games overall. He has now hit safely in five straight games, with at least two hits in each of his last four games. He singled and scored in the fourth on a throwing error by Santos. This young man is about as exciting as it gets in Low-A. Ryne Moore took the hill tonight, and the young hurler pitched an absolute gem: a career-high seven complete innings of one earned run, six-hit, one walk, and six strikeout ball. What a night for the youngster. He handed the ball off to Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti for four scoreless innings. Michele will make special kudos as he stranded two straight 'Manfred Men', allowing no additional baserunners and striking out three. I'll keep saying it: Michele has taken his transition to the bullpen and run with it. What a godsend he's been on the backend. Further Notes: We send our best of luck in future baseball and life endeavors to now-former Mudcat, Brandon Ramey. Thank you for your time and commitment to the Mudcats and Brewers organizations. The two teams combined for a 1 of 27 output with RISP. That's going to lead to many an extra-inning affair. We're lucky our Mudcats came out on top, but we certainly won't complain! The Mudcats home run streak ended tonight in Fayetteville at four games. It was a good run. Here's to more long balls tomorrow! Appreciating the true youth movement in Carolina: At just over 18 years old, Jackson Chourio is now the youngest player in the Carolina League (as of 5/3). With Chourio's addition, and at just a smidge under 18.5 years old, Hendry Mendez is now the second-youngest player in the league. By average age (21.37 as of 5/3), the Mudcats are the second-youngest team in the Carolina League. Happy Birthday is for Mudcat Jheremy Vargas (INF), who turned 19 today (5/10/2003 birthday). To be that young and playing professional baseball is something else. To be that young and playing professional baseball but knowing you are older than some of your teammates? That's a whole other can of worms. What a season in Zebulon! With Fredericksburg's 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, the Mudcats have pulled within 2.5 games of first place. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 17, Quad Cities (Royals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Win Big at Quad Cities - Rattlers 17, River Bandits 4 In another showdown of tantalizing Low-A logos, the Rattlers and talented lefty Brandon Knarr took on the Quad Cities River Bandits for their second series of the young season. The game-time temperature in Quad Cities Modern Woodmen Park was 90 degrees - um, that's not a typo. The mere mention of these temps had me sweating in my swivel chair. Get me some ice water! These rising temps certainly aided some equally hot Rattler bats as they scored in every inning but the sixth and totaled 16 hits overall, including four home runs. No batter was more impressive than the consistently performing Tristan Peters and his 2 of 2 night with four walks (!!) to boot. If there is a more pleasantly surprising player in our lower levels, I am unsure if I can name him. Tristan has played a fantastic glove in the outfield (zero errors in 124 1/3 innings of combined left and right field ball), and his plate presence has been steady as they come through 28 games. With the four walks and his second home run of the season in the fifth innings, Tristan knocked his season OPS north of 0.900. This young man is still just a young 22 years old (February birthday). With output like this, he might find himself promoted for a shot at Double-A come summer. Further Game Notes: It's another one of those "Just look at this box score!" kind of nights. I said it last week - in forums and in passing in reports - but it is worth mentioning again: Joe Gray Jr. is back to his more comfortable position in center field, and he is simply getting more comfortable in every aspect. Since his April 30th low point and coming off an 0-4 day, Joe has hit safely in seven of eight games and gone 9 of 25 in that span. Here's to more of this, Joe! Brandon Knarr finished his evening after five complete innings. He allowed five hits, one walk, and two earned runs with five punchouts. It wasn't a completely dominant performance like we've seen from Brandon. Nonetheless, he did Knarr-like things in limiting damage and giving his team a legitimate chance at victory. Wes Clarke added two more walks to his lead-leading 24 walks on the season. He now has 26 total walks in 2022. He walked ten times in the most recent series versus Fort Wayne. Wes is sneakily having a very nice season even though a first glance at the peripherals wouldn't give you this story. A tip of the cap is for the scoreless three innings of work from Joey Matulovich. It's nice to see quality mop-up work when your team is up 15-4. Three strikeouts and a lone walk on the short stint with zero hits allowed. That's a good way to seal the 'W.' *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 7, Birmingham (White Sox) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio Walk-Off Single Snaps Shuckers Skid - Castañeda Strikes Out Career High 10 Batters Victor Castañeda came to the mound ready to deal early. He completed his first inning with two strikeouts on 11 total pitches. He opened his second inning with a punch-out on quite an excellent splitter and ended it with another punch out on yet another splitter. In addition to the splitter, his slider was getting several swings and misses. The stalky bowl-legged right-hander was dealing. Victor ended his night going a great six innings of two-hit, one walk, with 10 (!!) strikeouts. The ten strikeouts were both a season and a career-high for Victor. It was beautiful to watch. And, sadly, a theme is seen all too often in this young Shucker season (Tyler Herb, I see you) reared its head again: Victor lost a chance at victory as things started unraveling. I've discussed certain facets of Shuckers' play that have beleaguered the team throughout the early going. I've talked about hitting with RISP, and I've talked about the bottom of the order's struggles. Unfortunately, it's time to bring a dim spotlight to the other day-to-day struggle: Fielding. The Shuckers led the entire Southern League in fielding errors with 35 in 27 games, coming into our Tuesday night tilt. Unfortunately, they added five more to the total tonight - several of which played critical roles in the Barrons' six-run 8th inning. When you are managing to take and possess a lead in 25 of 28 games played in a young season, the tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub .500 club tend to rear their heads. With our beloved Shuckers, it's pretty simple: if they field and throw the ball cleaner, improve the plate discipline and efficacy with men on, and find more consistency in the deeper parts of the lineup, they'll see more positive outcomes. If and when these things come to fruition, a winning ball club (and, despite their current record and struggles, I would argue this is very much a winning ball club) will start winning. The talent is there. The precision, at the current moment, is not. And honestly, this is just the nature of sports. There is plenty of season left to reverse some of these trends—May the young men soldier on and find the finer-tuned baseball moments in the games ahead. Keep on Shuckin'! Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer blasted the fifth home run of his season. The young man is an extra-base machine. Before going 0-4 this past Saturday, Joey had an extra-base hit in his six previous games (five doubles and one home run). He added a single earlier in the contest and finished his evening 2 of 3 at the plate. A note about tonight's errors: Gabe Holt and Cam Devanney played alternate positions - third and first base, respectively. Let's roll with that. Gabe misplayed a couple of tricky ground balls in the fateful eighth, and he compounded this with a wild throw to the dirt in second. An inning to forget. Unfortunately, we've seen too many of those through 28 games. Thomas Dillard knocked in two rbi's on the evening, including this bottom of the seventh left-center field double to the wall. Dillard also took another walk - his 20th free pass of his season How fast is Garrett Mitchell? He's this fast. Wow. Let me also take a moment to mention the calming influence of Felix Valerio. This game-winning walk-off single aside, he is a pleasure to watch at the plate. Felix is a disciplined batter. Now that he has a few games under his belt returning from injury, I anticipate the OPS and OBP to continue rising. Kudos to Taylor Floyd for getting out of his seventh-inning two-men on jam. He had men on the corners - from two absolute dribbler infield hits (one I would argue was simply a missed foul call over the third base foul line) - by inducing an excellent 6-4-3 double play to exit his inning of work. Ending a seven-game losing streak is cause for celebration. Here's to better results ahead! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally in Ninth Inning to Sink Jumbo Shrimp - Jonathan Davis Gets Go-Ahead RBI Single, Mario Feliciano Cracks Four Hits in 3-2 Win I recently discussed the AAAA prowess of our very own 34-year-old Josh Lindbolm. He entered the bottom half of the sixth inning with a legitimate chance at a no-hitter. However, it was clear that he was likely facing his final outs within one pitch. A 1-0 lead vanished as he relinquished a first-pitch line-drive double to deep left-center field. A triple and a single later; it's 2-1 Jumbo Shrimp. Nonetheless, Josh completed the inning and grabbed another out in the bottom of the seventh before departing. Another fine outing of mound work from a Nashville Sounds starting pitcher. Rinse and repeat. It's clockwork in 2022. Further Game Notes: Mario Feliciano returned from a brief absence and had a splendid 4 of 4 (including his fifth double on the season) evening at the plate. He managed a good game behind the plate as well. It was nice to see him back on the diamond, and any lingering effects of his minor injury have passed. Apparently, all Jonathan Davis does these days is walk-off baseball games. Since returning from his COVID stint, he's been fantastic and is yet another excellent 2021 free-agent addition playing lights out in Nashville. What a luxury to have so many competent Triple-A players on the roster. 2 2/3 more scoreless innings from the Sounds' bullpen. Tonight's master class was put on by Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, and Hobie Harris. Speaking of Trevor Kelley, he has not allowed an earned run since April 7 against Durham and has a 0.79 ERA (11.1 IP/1 ER) on the season. On Thursday, Kelley earned his first win and has allowed only nine hits and three walks to go with his 13 strikeouts. Hobie Harris is unscored upon in over ten innings of bullpen work. Manager Rick Sweet earns his 2,122nd managerial victory tonight. WOW. He has now moved into a tie with Bill Clymer at eighth overall in the history of the Minor Leagues. Can you say: legendary? Brice Turang and Mark Mathias continued their hot hitting ways with two hits apiece on the evening. It's hard to find two steadier infielders than these two right now in the International League. I hope both get their shot with the big club this season to discover whether their hot play in Triple-A can translate to the majors. That's a wrap for me on this fine 4-0 evening of May 10th. Please tune in for tomorrow's games and report. Additionally, please visit our daily Minor League game threads (pre-report) to partake in the discourse of the games - @damuelle and I are often quite active in those threads. And lastly, a little heads up: We have Biloxi and Nashville matinee games tomorrow, so check in on the organizational scoreboard for updates earlier in your day. 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
  20. Four affiliate victories on the evening made for an exciting evening and a joyous recap. Wisconsin with the lone blow-out while Carolina and Nashville pulled out late victories. Josh Lindbolm lost his chance at a no hitter (and a 1-0 lead) in the sixth inning. Biloxi tried to showcase the error of their ways but managed to pull out the win regardless. Dive in for more details! Transactions: Jandel Gustave (RHP) was optioned to Triple-A Nashville, JC Mejía (RHP) was recalled by the Milwaukee Brewers, Brandon Ramey (RHP) was released by the Carolina Mudcats, Ernesto Martinez (1B) was placed on the IL retroactive to May 8th, Yeison Coca (INF) was transferred from Wisconsin to Nashville, Ashton McGee (3B/1B) was transferred from Biloxi to Wisconsin. Before you get started digesting the sweet tastes of four victories, take a moment to read up on our Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Month in Micah Bello, Brice Turang, TJ Shook, and Peter Strzelecki; all .f.o.ur young men were much deserving of these honors. Congratulations! Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Fayetteville (Astros) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mudcats Open Trip with 2-1 Victory in Extras - Eduardo Garcia Broke a 1-1 Tie in the Eleventh with a Go-Ahead Single Before this contest started, the Brewers Fanatic Minor League forum was abuzz with talk of young and exciting prospect Jackson Chourio (OF). He continued his torrid pace and discipline at the plate on this fine evening with a 2-5 outing and zero strikeouts yet again. This young man appears to be something else. For those simply reading these reports at home, please feel free to check that forum link and take a peek at what Baseball America is saying of our youngest and extremely talented prospect - you won't be disappointed. For the record: Chourio joined the Mudcats on May 3 and has totaled six doubles and five multi-hit games in just seven games overall. He has now hit safely in five straight games, with at least two hits in each of his last four games. He singled and scored in the fourth on a throwing error by Santos. This young man is about as exciting as it gets in Low-A. Ryne Moore took the hill tonight, and the young hurler pitched an absolute gem: a career-high seven complete innings of one earned run, six-hit, one walk, and six strikeout ball. What a night for the youngster. He handed the ball off to Christian Tripp and Michele Vassalotti for four scoreless innings. Michele will make special kudos as he stranded two straight 'Manfred Men', allowing no adthreeditional baserunners and striking out three. I'll keep saying it: Michele has taken his transition to the bullpen and run with it. What a godsend he's been on the backend. Further Notes: We send our best of luck in future baseball and life endeavors to now-former Mudcat, Brandon Ramey. Thank you for your time and commitment to the Mudcats and Brewers organizations. The two teams combined for a 1 of 27 output with RISP. That's going to lead to many an extra-inning affair. We're lucky our Mudcats came out on top, but we certainly won't complain! The Mudcats home run streak ended tonight in Fayetteville at four games. It was a good run. Here's to more long balls tomorrow! Appreciating the true youth movement in Carolina: At just over 18 years old, Jackson Chourio is now the youngest player in the Carolina League (as of 5/3). With Chourio's addition, and at just a smidge under 18.5 years old, Hendry Mendez is now the second-youngest player in the league. By average age (21.37 as of 5/3), the Mudcats are the second-youngest team in the Carolina League. Happy Birthday is for Mudcat Jheremy Vargas (INF), who turned 19 today (5/10/2003 birthday). To be that young and playing professional baseball is something else. To be that young and playing professional baseball but knowing you are older than some of your teammates? That's a whole other can of worms. What a season in Zebulon! With Fredericksburg's 3-2 loss to Kannapolis, the Mudcats have pulled within 2.5 games of first place. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 17, Quad Cities (Royals) 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattlers Win Big at Quad Cities - Rattlers 17, River Bandits 4 In another showdown of tantalizing Low-A logos, the Rattlers and talented lefty Brandon Knarr took on the Quad Cities River Bandits for their second series of the young season. The game-time temperature in Quad Cities Modern Woodmen Park was 90 degrees - um, that's not a typo. The mere mention of these temps had me sweating in my swivel chair. Get me some ice water! These rising temps certainly aided some equally hot Rattler bats as they scored in every inning but the sixth and totaled 16 hits overall, including four home runs. No batter was more impressive than the consistently performing Tristan Peters and his 2 of 2 night with four walks (!!) to boot. If there is a more pleasantly surprising player in our lower levels, I am unsure if I can name him. Tristan has played a fantastic glove in the outfield (zero errors in 124 1/3 innings of combined left and right field ball), and his plate presence has been steady as they come through 28 games. With the four walks and his second home run of the season in the fifth innings, Tristan knocked his season OPS north of 0.900. This young man is still just a young 22 years old (February birthday). With output like this, he might find himself promoted for a shot at Double-A come summer. Further Game Notes: It's another one of those "Just look at this box score!" kind of nights. I said it last week - in forums and in passing in reports - but it is worth mentioning again: Joe Gray Jr. is back to his more comfortable position in center field, and he is simply getting more comfortable in every aspect. Since his April 30th low point and coming off an 0-4 day, Joe has hit safely in seven of eight games and gone 9 of 25 in that span. Here's to more of this, Joe! Brandon Knarr finished his evening after five complete innings. He allowed five hits, one walk, and two earned runs with five punchouts. It wasn't a completely dominant performance like we've seen from Brandon. Nonetheless, he did Knarr-like things in limiting damage and giving his team a legitimate chance at victory. Wes Clarke added two more walks to his lead-leading 24 walks on the season. He now has 26 total walks in 2022. He walked ten times in the most recent series versus Fort Wayne. Wes is sneakily having a very nice season even though a first glance at the peripherals wouldn't give you this story. A tip of the cap is for the scoreless three innings of work from Joey Matulovich. It's nice to see quality mop-up work when your team is up 15-4. Three strikeouts and a lone walk on the short stint with zero hits allowed. That's a good way to seal the 'W.' *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Biloxi 7, Birmingham (White Sox) 6 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Valerio Walk-Off Single Snaps Shuckers Skid - Castañeda Strikes Out Career High 10 Batters Victor Castañeda came to the mound ready to deal early. He completed his first inning with two strikeouts on 11 total pitches. He opened his second inning with a punch-out on quite an excellent splitter and ended it with another punch out on yet another splitter. In addition to the splitter, his slider was getting several swings and misses. The stalky bowl-legged right-hander was dealing. Victor ended his night going a great six innings of two-hit, one walk, with 10 (!!) strikeouts. The ten strikeouts were both a season and a career-high for Victor. It was beautiful to watch. And, sadly, a theme is seen all too often in this young Shucker season (Tyler Herb, I see you) reared its head again: Victor lost a chance at victory as things started unraveling. I've discussed certain facets of Shuckers' play that have beleaguered the team throughout the early going. I've talked about hitting with RISP, and I've talked about the bottom of the order's struggles. Unfortunately, it's time to bring a dim spotlight to the other day-to-day struggle: Fielding. The Shuckers led the entire Southern League in fielding errors with 35 in 27 games, coming into our Tuesday night tilt. Unfortunately, they added five more to the total tonight - several of which played critical roles in the Barrons' six-run 8th inning. The tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub- when you are managing to take and possess a lead in 25 of 28 games you have played in a young season, the tell-tale signs of why you are somehow a sub-.500 tend to rear their heads. With our beloved Shuckers, it's pretty simple: if they field and throw the ball cleaner, improve the plate discipline and efficacy with men on, and find more consistency in the deeper parts of the lineup, they'll see more positive outcomes. If and when these things come to fruition, a winning ball club (and, despite their current record and struggles, I would argue this is very much a winning ball club) will start winning. The talent is there. The precision, at the current moment, is not. And honestly, this is just the nature of sports. There is plenty of season left to reverse some of these trends—May the young men soldier on and find the finer-tuned baseball moments in the games ahead. Keep on Shuckin'! Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer blasted the fifth home run of his season. The young man is an extra-base machine. Before going 0-4 this past Saturday, Joey had an extra-base hit in his six previous games (five doubles and one home run). He added a single earlier in the contest and finished his evening 2 of 3 at the plate. A note about tonight's errors: Gabe Holt and Cam Devanney played alternate positions - third and first base, respectively. Let's roll with that. Gabe misplayed a couple of tricky ground balls in the fateful eighth, and he compounded this with a wild throw to the dirt in second. An inning to forget. Unfortunately, we've seen too many of those through 28 games. Thomas Dillard knocked in two rbi's on the evening, including this bottom of the seventh left-center field double to the wall. Dillard also took another walk - his 20th free pass of his season How fast is Garrett Mitchell? He's this fast. Wow. Let me also take a moment to mention the calming influence of Felix Valerio. This game-winning walk-off single aside, he is a pleasure to watch at the plate. Felix is a disciplined batter. Now that he has a few games under his belt returning from injury, I anticipate the OPS and OBP to continue rising. Kudos to Taylor Floyd for getting out of his seventh-inning two-men on jam. He had men on the corners - from two absolute dribbler infield hits (one I would argue was simply a missed foul call over the third base foul line) - by inducing an excellent 6-4-3 double play to exit his inning of work. Ending a seven-game losing streak is cause for celebration. Here's to better results ahead! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 3, Jacksonville (Marlins) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally in Ninth Inning to Sink Jumbo Shrimp - Jonathan Davis Gets Go-Ahead RBI Single, Mario Feliciano Cracks Four Hits in 3-2 Win I recently discussed the AAAA prowess of our very own 34-year-old Josh Lindbolm. He entered the bottom half of the sixth inning with a legitimate chance at a no-hitter. However, it was clear that he was likely facing his final outs within one pitch. A 1-0 lead vanished as he relinquished a first-pitch line-drive double to deep left-center field. A triple and a single later; it's 2-1 Jumbo Shrimp. Nonetheless, Josh completed the inning and grabbed another out in the bottom of the seventh before departing. Another fine outing of mound work from a Nashville Sounds starting pitcher. Rinse and repeat. It's clockwork in 2022. Further Game Notes: Mario Feliciano returned from a brief absence and had a splendid 4 of 4 (including his fifth double on the season) evening at the plate. He managed a good game behind the plate as well. It was nice to see him back on the diamond, and any lingering effects of his minor injury have passed. Apparently, all Jonathan Davis does these days is walk-off baseball games. Since returning from his COVID stint, he's been fantastic and is yet another excellent 2021 free-agent addition playing lights out in Nashville. What a luxury to have so many competent Triple-A players on the roster. 2 2/3 more scoreless innings from the Sounds' bullpen. Tonight's master class was put on by Trevor Kelley, Peter Strzelecki, and Hobie Harris. Speaking of Trevor Kelley, he has not allowed an earned run since April 7 against Durham and has a 0.79 ERA (11.1 IP/1 ER) on the season. On Thursday, Kelley earned his first win and has allowed only nine hits and three walks to go with his 13 strikeouts. Hobie Harris is unscored upon in over ten innings of bullpen work. Manager Rick Sweet earns his 2,122nd managerial victory tonight. WOW. He has now moved into a tie with Bill Clymer at eighth overall in the history of the Minor Leagues. Can you say: legendary? Brice Turang and Mark Mathias continued their hot hitting ways with two hits apiece on the evening. It's hard to find two steadier infielders than these two right now in the International League. I hope both get their shot with the big club this season to discover whether their hot play in Triple-A can translate to the majors. That's a wrap for me on this fine 4-0 evening of May 10th. Please tune in for tomorrow's games and report. Additionally, please visit our daily Minor League game threads (pre-report) to partake in the discourse of the games - @damuelle and I are often quite active in those threads. And lastly, a little heads up We have Biloxi and Nashville matinee games tomorrow, so check in on the organizational scoreboard for updates earlier in your day. 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
  21. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 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: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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  22. Castaneda & Co. tossed a shutout for Biloxi. Four solo home runs and strong pitching won it for Nashville. Knarr dominated again for Wisconsin. Carolina’s offense was unable to support a solid pitching effort. After collectively scuffling for four days, Milwaukee’s minor league pitchers stepped to the fore on Thursday night, giving up a combined 6 runs across four 9-inning contests, with Biloxi leading the way with a shutout at home. Nashville and Wisconsin were also winners this evening, although Carolina was done in by missed opportunities in the early innings. Despite pitchers only constituting 2 of the Brewers’ top 13 prospects (including Aaron Ashby – so let’s call it 1 of 12) in our Brewer Fanatic Pre-Season Top 25 Prospect Poll, those apparently under-appreciated arms have actually been doing the heavy lifting throughout this month: AAA Nashville – easily the top ERA in the 20-team International League at 2.52 (second place is Iowa at 3.15, third is Toledo at 3.53) AA Biloxi – also easily tops the ERA listing in the 8-team Southern League at 3.19 (second place is this week’s opponent Pensacola at 3.68) High-A Wisconsin – a more-than-respectable 6th place in ERA in the 12-team Midwest League at 3.97, skewed by an 18-run affair last week Low-A Carolina – not applicable. They’re young! Thursday night’s starting pitchers combined to cover 22 1/3 innings, yielding only 3 runs, 14 hits and 6 walks, while striking out 24 opposing hitters. Combined with solid relief pitching (12 2/3 innings, 2 runs), our hurlers are posting notice that they’re ready to move up the prospect lists. Of course, some offense was required as well and tonight was about solo homers: 2 by Weston Wilson and 1 each for Wes Clarke, Brice Turang, Jon Singleton and Freddy Zamora. And let’s not forget Antonio Pinero and his 2-run homer for Wisconsin. Game Balls this night go to RHP Victor Castaneda, LHP Brandon Knarr, RHP Caleb Boushley, RHP Ryne Moore and LF Weston Wilson. Transactions: None Game Action: Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Down East 2, Carolina 0 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: Carolina Shut Out 2-0 at Down East Although the squad had four promising scoring opportunities, none came to fruition on this frustrating night for our young Mudcats: Hedbert Perez was thrown out at home on Eduardo Garcia’s 1st inning single Leadoff 2nd inning hits by Jesus Chirinos and Oswel Leones produced nothing A leadoff Jesus Chirinos single and two-out Zack Raabe walk didn’t result in any run in the 7th inning A Hedbert Perez single and a Eduardo Garcia triple in the 8th inning didn’t result in a run, undone by an intervening double play RHP Ryne Moore’s first inning had a bit of everything: infield single, hit-by-pitch, throwing error, two stolen bases, walk, regular single, strikeout. But thankfully the damage was only one run, with 3B Luis Silva throwing out one Wood Duck at home. The second inning was a bit unfair to Mr. Moore, with a 2-out walk and a balk (after 2 strikeouts to open the frame) setting the stage for a run-scoring single to put the deficit at 2-0. Thankfully, C Jeferson Quero’s second throwing error in the first three innings did not cost Moore and the Mudcats a run in the 3rd inning. In all, Moore only yielded 2 hits and recorded 9 strikeouts in his 6 innings of solid work, but unfortunately had to take the loss. LHP Pablo Garabitos and RHP Junior Montero continued to baffle Down East hitters thereafter, but the Carolina offense couldn’t quite come through. Performances of Note: Eduardo Garcia – 2-4, triple Jesus Chirinos – 2-4 Hedbert Perez – 1-4, SB Ryne Moore (Loss) – 6 innings, 2 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 balk, 9 Ks Pablo Garabitos – 1 inning, zero runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks Junior Montero – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Friday’s outlook: Today’s essentially a doubleheader, as the squads need to complete the remaining 8 1/2 innings from Tuesday’s contest before moving on to a 7-inning second game. RHP Israel Puello is slated to start one of the games, as he tries to forget his last appearance (7 earned runs in 2 innings). My money is on RHP Edwin Jimenez making the other start, with RHP Jefferson Figueroa also throwing a few innings. Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers’ website, game details: Knarr K’s Seven in Six Scoreless Innings for Rattlers Win at Peoria LHP Brandon Knarr decided to make a late run for Brewer Minor League Pitcher of the Month, blanking the Chiefs for 6 innings to lower his ERA to 1.61 after four terrific appearances this month, with 27 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. It’s clear his mind is on earning a promotion to AA Biloxi before his 24th birthday coming in early June. The Knarr-ly effort was necessary, as the only thing which separated the Timber Rattlers and Chiefs after six innings was Wes Clarke’s solo home run on a 2-0 count in the 4th inning. Thankfully, Peoria’s impressive 21-year old RHP Dionys Rodriguez exited after six innings and Wisconsin immediately feasted on the relief core, starting with a Carlos D. Rodriguez single and then Antonio Pinero’s first home run of 2022, matching his total of last year. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch set up Clarke (single) and Zavier Warren to drive in 2 more runs and extend the lead to 6-0. RHPs Kent Hasler and RHPs Cam Robinson weren’t as sharp as usual (4 hits, 2 runs in 2 innings), but let’s blame it on rustiness. Hasler has only thrown 4 2/3 innings thus far and Robinson hadn’t pitched in a full week. Performances of Note: Wes Clarke – 2-5, HR, 3 RBIs Antonio Pinero – 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs Zavier Warren – 2-4, double, 1 RBI Sal Frelick – 1-4, walk, SB Brandon Knarr (Win) – 6 innings, zero runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks Kent Hasler – 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, zero walks, 3 Ks Friday’s outlook: Always-impressive LHP Antoine Kelly (2.62 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) makes his 4th start of the year as Wisconsin tries to even this week’s series in Peoria at 2 games apiece. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Biloxi 3, Pensacola 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers’ website, game details: Shuckers Shutout Wahoos For Second Night Manager Mike Guerrero must have played a hunch. Moving SS Freddy Zamora up to 2nd in the lineup in spite of his .204 AVG / .245 OBP / .245 SLG slash line entering the game, Zamora came through in the bottom of the first inning with his first home run of the season. And for RHP Victor Castaneda, that was the only run he needed. After escaping a first-and-third, 1-out situation in the 1st inning by striking out Griffin Conine and inducing an infield pop up from old friend Luis Aviles Jr., Castaneda only allowed one more baserunner to reach over the next 4 innings. Oh, and he picked that runner off of first base to keep things neat and clean. Apparently tiring in the 6th inning by giving up consecutive walks, RHP Luis Contreras picked him up by stranding both runners and also blanking Pensacola in the top of the 7th inning. Being too close for comfort at 1-0 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Shuckers’ bats woke up, with a Cam Devanney single plating Brent Diaz (who had doubled) and then Jakson Reetz (don’t underestimate this man and his 1.096 OPS) scoring Devanney to extend the lead to 3-0. Thereafter, RHP Nash Walter and RHP Zach Vennaro continued the strong work to complete the shutout. Performances of Note: Jakson Reetz – 2-3, double, RBI Freddy Zamora – 1-4, HR, RBI Cam Devanney – 1-3, RBI Brent Diaz – 1-3, double Thomas Dillard – 1-3 Victor Castaneda (Win) – 5 1/3 innings, zero runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks Luis Contreras – 1 2/3 innings, zero runs, zero hits, 1 walk, 2 Ks Nash Walters – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Zach Vennaro (Save) – 1 innings, zero runs, 1 hit, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Nick Bennett is scheduled to take this one, looking to bounce back from his last outing (5 runs in a loss), as Biloxi aims to seize a 3-1 series lead over Pensacola. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 6, St. Paul 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds’ website, game details: Solo Shots Power Sounds Past St. Paul A late switch saw RHP Caleb Boushley called to start a day earlier than expected, but the Hortonville and La Crosse man was unfazed and up to the challenge. Of course, it helps when super-prospect Brice Turang gets things rolling with a first-inning blast, his first of the year. In fact, it was a pleasant night of solo efforts, with four of the Sounds’ six runs coming on homers, including Weston Wilson extending the lead to 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Nashville then extended it to 4-0 thanks to a Pablo Reyes single, 4 walks and a wild pitch. It may have been a bigger inning if not for St. Paul gunning down Turang at home on an infield grounder. Boushley’s sole blemish was a run in the bottom of the third inning, in part created by the speed of the Twins’ own super-prospect Royce Lewis (infield single, stolen base, scored on a single). Jon Singleton joined the bachelor party in the 5th inning with a solo shot to authoritatively end his 0-for-19 skid at the plate, pushing the lead to 5-1. St. Paul managed to cut that deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning, with two singles and a double off RHP Thomas Jankins, but impressive field work caught a Saint at 3rd base to lessen the threat (LF Weston Wilson to SS Brice Turang to 3B Andruw Monasterio). In the 8th inning, Wilson added his second homer of the night for the 6-2 final margin. RHPs Zack Brown, Pete Strzelecki and Luis Perdomo were again solid to keep the Saints’ bats quiet, as Strzelecki and Perdomo in particular battle for the coveted Brewers’ Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month award. Performances of Note: Weston Wilson – 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs Pablo Reyes – 2-5, 1 SB Jon Singleton – 1-3, HR, walk, 2 RBIs Brice Turang – 1-4, HR, walk, RBI Andruw Monasterio – 1-2, 2 walks, 2 SBs Caleb Boushley – 5 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 balk, 3 Ks Zack Brown – 1 inning, zero run, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Pete Strzelecki – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks, 1 K Luis Perdomo – 1 inning, zero runs, zero hits, zero walks Friday’s outlook: LHP Ethan Small (0.49 ERA in 18 1/3 innings) got an extra day of rest in advance of his 5th start of the month. Nashville needs a win to even this week’s series in St. Paul 2-2. We hope that you enjoy the Minor League Link Report. Good luck tonight, Brewers’ affiliates! 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