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  1. Transactions: None *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mendez Leads Mudcats to Fourth Straight Win - The Mudcats Won Their Fourth Straight While Also Clinching Their Third Series Victory Over the Wood Ducks Stiven Cruz took the hill for his second start since his ACL call-up. He worked his way through his first real test during his brief time in Low-A: in the second inning Cruz walked two batters while giving up a single to load the bases. Ever the gamer, however, he induced two harmless infield pop-ups to escape the jam. Cruz remains un-scored upon through seven complete innings pitched, with 11 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.00. Two early two-out runs in innings two and three were the difference for the 'Micro Brews' on the evening as they held through the rain delay and the game's finish. For the second evening in a row Hendry Mendez stole the post-game headline. Further Viewing Notes: Rain delay you say? Yes, I do: This just in, in case you were unaware, the second youngest player in Low-A, Hendry Mendez , loves hitting opposite field anything: Let's embellish the highlight: Hendry has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive outings with this opposite field single. That's what we call 'tough stuff' when we dig deep for clichés. I'm going to keep chiming away on this until proven otherwise: Jackson Chourio is built different. It's hard to describe what I see on a nightly basis but this highlight gives a brief glimpse. Ever un-fazed no matter the count, he is always a possible base-runner or a potential run-across in Low-A. This near home run was his ninth double in only 61 at bats: Ok. Let's wrap-up these above past few comments with a bit more provocation: Can we talk about the two youngest players in the Low-A Carolina league - Chourio and Mendez - continuing to shine and play tantalizing baseball? This should definitively not be overlooked. Chourio, in particular, was recently moved to number three on the updated Brewers 'Baseball America' Top 30 prospects. He's 18 years old, folks. This is exciting. Mendez is following suit and playing extremely good ball as of late. And, hey, I didn't even mention Eduardo Garcia . That's discipline. Jakob Brustoski continued his recent string of effective bullpen work. After an extremely rough April where Jakob struggled to find the zone consistently, he's bounced back admirably in May with 6 2/3 innings pitched: four hits, three runs, two hit batters, three walks, 12 punch outs. After tonight's unblemished innings, he's seen his ERA drop from 21.94 to 13.94 pitching to a very workable 4.05 ERA in all of May. Things are looking up! Speaking of bullpen work: let's recognize the sum total of Pablo Garabitos, Brustoski, Trevor Tietz, and Brannon Jordan. The young men pitched a total of five complete innings of one run, two hit, five strikeout ball. The lone run came on a solo shot off Jordan in the final two innings. He got his first save of the season on two innings of effective work - closing the game on a punch out with high heat after a couple very effective breaking balls. Garabitos grabs the win with his sole fifth inning of one hit, one strikeout ball. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattler Club Cubs 9-2 - Knarr Pitches Six Scoreless for Sixth Win as Offense Cracks 14 Hits It was an absolutely beautiful game in Appleton Wisconsin and the Timber Rattlers showed up with hits aplenty to back another stellar outing from Ace, Brandon Knarr . They managed this all while appeasing the season high attendance north of 4,000 total fans. What a showing! Hits were sprinkled all about the ballpark, stellar defense was played and Knarr was dealing. It was nice to see the bats heat up as they had been relatively held in check over the last two games. Let's take a look at my viewing notes and the plethora of awesome home game post-game materials that will give you a good look at what went down at the home ballpark. Game Viewing Notes: More insight on what is now routine stellar defense. A run was saved early by Ethan Murray at short stop: Zavier Warren is the Felix Valerio of High-A Wisconsin. He shows an equally disciplined approach at the plate and he plays stellar defense at the hot corner just as Valerio does the same at second base for Biloxi (and, now, occasionally left field as well). A perfect example of this was the home run blast in the bottom of the eighth (his second on the season) followed by an absolutely incredible stop and throw-out from third base to end the game. Check out this stab starting 2:06 on the Full Game highlight reel: How good has Knarr been in 2022? Firstly, after today's scoreless six-inning outing he lowered his ERA to 1.17, moved his strikeout total to 55, and saw his scoreless streak extended to 13 1/3 innings. Not shabby. But, let's look at his last 5 outings: he has allowed a mere two runs over 30 innings. Four of those starts have been scoreless outings. Can you say: Promotion? Check out the post-game Soundcloud pod for further thoughts on and from Knarr, Wes Clarke and Tyler Clarke : Post-Game Pod Here Keep in mind, Knarr relinquished a hit every inning today. BUT, he limited all damage. They were singles. He dominated out of the stretch - including a pick-off. He buckled down, in concert with his infield, and kept a very active base-running team in South Bend very much in check. He's just flat out been excellent all season long. He's essentially a couple flukes away from an 8-0 start to the season. That's just incredible stuff. It was nice to see Tyler Black get back on track with a three hit game. Having started the series a mere 1 of 14, he finished his evening with three hits in five trips and started his game three for three. Wes Clarke had another vintage 2022 Wes Clarke day. His average just doesn't tell the story of his solid season and the OPS of 0.737 backs that up. He knocked in two RBI's in consecutive innings early and earned two walks as well on the day. Every Timber Rattler grabbed a hit today except Darrien Miller. Every Timber Rattler reached base today including Darrien Miller. This was an offensive outburst shared by everyone in the line-up. A tip of the cap to Zach Mort who closed the game with three innings complete of two-run ball (all in the ninth inning) preserving the elite back-end tandem of Hasler and Robinson for the series finale on Sunday. Let's see what Antoine Kelly can do his second time working the South Bend line-up on Sunday. Perhaps, just maybe, the true highlight of the game was Tim Dillard's work on the mound and with the famed 'Bratzooka': Black stole three bases in today's game. He has eight total on the season now and the Timber Rattlers now have 7 of the 25 top base stealers in the Midwest League. Black also took the field in center field today. This was Tyler's first action in the outfield since high school. Is this noteworthy? Probably not. But, it is a classic Brewers maneuver. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally by Shuckers Not Enough in 5-4 Defeat - OF Joey WIemer Falls Triple Shy of Cycle Noah Zavolas features a five-pitch mix as a young pitcher: a fastball, change-up, curveball, slider, and cutter. There's lots to pick from in his pitching bag and he showed the possible prowess of this mix in 2021 with 121 often remarkable innings pitched. Even with five pitches, however, you can not hang off-speed offerings directly over the plate - especially to very good baseball players. Noah did so on pitch number two to Braves number one prospect, Michael Harris II, and he saw the delivering absolutely crushed to dead center field off the high wall. Believe me when I say this: Michael Harris II is an extremely talented baseball player. He's balled out in every game I've seen the Shuckers play the Braves in 2022. The score was still 2-1 Shuckers after Biloxi managed to plate two in the top-half of inning number one on a bevy of two-out singles. Noah struggled to find his footing in this outing. BUT, ever the optimist, I am going to celebrate the footing Noah did find. After conceding 5 runs after two innings, Zavolas hunkered down and found some flow. Given his 2021 performance, I'm going to chalk these rough early outings to 'working the kinks out'. There's too much there and this is merely outing number two coming off a mysterious delay to his season's beginning. Here's to better game's ahead! Further Viewing Notes: Things looked good early as the Shuckers were scoring runners with two down on the aforementioned 'bevy of singles'. Tristen Lutz stayed hot and helped knock a run across: Terence Doston saw his first ever action in Double-A. He is a smaller stature athlete who passed up an opportunity to play football at West Virginia before opting for the Minor Leagues as a Brewers 22nd round draft pick in 2019. Tonight, he played left field and smoothly collected two fly-ball outs in the first inning to get his evening started. As a random 'hunch', I would gather the organization wants to expose Dotson to Yeison Coca who, also a smaller statured athlete, has put on an impactful amount of weight over his early seasons and it shows in Coca's physical growth. After a first at-bat strikeout, where Terence looked overmatched, Doston recovered and made nice contact on two line drive outs to the Braves' shortstop in addition to an extremely well hit out to right field. Unfortunately, in the game of baseball it isn't how you hit it but, rather, where you hit it. Dotson fared well tonight and he should hold his head high. Nothing would describe the current stretch of inconsistent Shuckers baseball more than the failed pick-off and pickle in the bottom of inning number two. Thomas Dillard did his part by throwing a ball too high to Cam Devanney who barely made the leaping snare just off second base. Devanney then rushed his throw to first, hit the base runner on the helmet, and the ball trickled past the first base bag and the runner was safe. These are the types of defensive miscues seemingly happening on a regular basis for Biloxi in 2022. This was a key gaffe as there were no outs at the time, Zavolas was struggling, and the runner then left on the ensuing 3-2 count and grabbed third base on another well-hit ball to center field. The Shuckers remain a Southern League leader in errors. This sequence was indicative of that stat. I've now seen two Shuckers pitchers charged balls for pitch clock violations in two consecutive games. Last night Arnaldo Hernandez was charged a ball on a 1-2 count with the bases loaded before a bases-clearing double to the wall in right field that turned the tide of the entire game. In today's game, with runners on second and third base in a rough second inning, Zavolas was charged with a pitch-clock violation. Thankfully, he escaped unscathed inducing a sharply hit ground ball for the inning-ending double play. BUT, it is worth pointing out: the pitch clock changes the game in pressure situations. A pitcher can see a favorable count ruined in a matter of mere seconds. The struggle with RISP reared its head in inning number three for even the hottest of Shuckers hitters. With Joey Wiemer on second base after a wonderful stretch of a single into a hard-earned double, and the ever-walkable Thomas Dillard on first base (his pitch-recognition and patience appears to be Dillard's best attribute - 27 walks on the season) on first, both Jakson Reetz and Tristan Lutz struck out and stranded the runners on the base paths. It remained 5-2 Braves heading to the bottom half off the third. The Shuckers finished 3 for 12 on the evening with RISP. He may have thrown a scoreless inning on Tuesday in Mississippi (and, a big hooray for that and a wish for many more scoreless innings ahead!) but Lucas Erceg led off his outing in the bottom of the seventh as he has done many times in 2022: he gave up a hard hit double. Admittedly, I was a wee concerned he might see another run away inning. Erceg's 2022 scouting report might read: "High velocity but pitches to contact." Let's get to the goods: Lucas got out of the seventh and eighth inning unscathed. All in all, this was a very successful outing for the recently transitioned hurler and one we should hope he builds on. He even struck out the absolutely dangerous Michael Harris II after walking the number nine hitter. That's a win! All told, two innings of scoreless one hit, one walk, and one strikeout ball for Erceg tonight. Wiemer was a triple shy of the cycle on the evening. He absolutely crushed a home run to deep left field. He literally swings and hits the ball different than most other players at the ballpark. The home run ball was hit harder and further than any ball the entire evening and it wasn't even close - this included the home run hit to straight away center field by Michael Harris II in the first inning. Let's all take our long overdue Wiemer 'Moment of Zen': The Shuckers almost had the tying-run across. But, well, this isn't really going to get it done Felix: Speaking of Felix, he may be in a mini slump at the plate but he continues to play incredible defense. Erceg can tip his cap to Valerio's incredible diving stop at second base in the center field grass, improbable turn and throw to nail the runner by a fraction at first, all while saving a sure run from scoring. The Shuckers still have an opportunity to split the six-game away series with a win tomorrow. Here's hoping! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 0 - POSTPONED in THIRD INNING (Booooooo!) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds and Bats Suspended at First Horizon Park - Game to be Resumed at 1:05 Sunday Things were looking rosy early. And, then the weather rolled in. See my brief notes below. Of note, unheralded but steady Abraham Almonte was having a game - just another thriving Nasvhville Sounds late 2021 free agent signing. It is truly difficult to understand how immaculately the Brewers organization has hit on Minor League free agents in late 2021. They are answering the proverbial bell up and down the Nasvhille roster. Abbreviated Game Notes: Josh Lindbolm faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. I'm calling this an imperfect perfect game - he did concede one hit after all. Create a new stat column, please. I have spoken. The Sounds managed seven runs in only 2 complete innings. Abraham Almonte's three-run home run to left field played a big part: Prior to this three-run jack, however, Almonte also had his say in the first inning knocking in the game's first run on a single up the middle: A tip of the proverbial cap is due for Pablo Reyes. He is finally seeing his weeks of solid contact rewarding him with hits in the stat column. He's made good contact regularly and now he is finding results. I'm rooting for you, Pablo! *** That's a wrap for my Saturday fill-in Minor League report. Please stay tuned early tomorrow as we have matinee tilts abound for all our beloved teams. Nashville will lead things off as they pick-up and conclude today's weather-postponed outing for game number one. They'll have the unexpected double header following immediately after a 30 minute 'rest'. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting our Minor League players! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth ***
  2. The Biloxi Shuckers could not overcome Noah Zavolas' continued struggles since his 2022 return and, ultimately, fell to the Mississippi Braves. Elsewhere in the system, Wisconsin batters found their strokes and supported the ever-dominant Brandon Knarr who continues his lights out 2022 campaign. The Carolina 'Micro Brews' managed to hold on to their slim lead after an extensive weather delay pulling out a 2-1 victory, and Nashville was shut down by inconsolable and fickle weather after taking a 7-0 lead into the third inning. Let's get into the Recaps! Transactions: None *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 2, Down East (Rangers) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Mendez Leads Mudcats to Fourth Straight Win - The Mudcats Won Their Fourth Straight While Also Clinching Their Third Series Victory Over the Wood Ducks Stiven Cruz took the hill for his second start since his ACL call-up. He worked his way through his first real test during his brief time in Low-A: in the second inning Cruz walked two batters while giving up a single to load the bases. Ever the gamer, however, he induced two harmless infield pop-ups to escape the jam. Cruz remains un-scored upon through seven complete innings pitched, with 11 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.00. Two early two-out runs in innings two and three were the difference for the 'Micro Brews' on the evening as they held through the rain delay and the game's finish. For the second evening in a row Hendry Mendez stole the post-game headline. Further Viewing Notes: Rain delay you say? Yes, I do: This just in, in case you were unaware, the second youngest player in Low-A, Hendry Mendez , loves hitting opposite field anything: Let's embellish the highlight: Hendry has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive outings with this opposite field single. That's what we call 'tough stuff' when we dig deep for clichés. I'm going to keep chiming away on this until proven otherwise: Jackson Chourio is built different. It's hard to describe what I see on a nightly basis but this highlight gives a brief glimpse. Ever un-fazed no matter the count, he is always a possible base-runner or a potential run-across in Low-A. This near home run was his ninth double in only 61 at bats: Ok. Let's wrap-up these above past few comments with a bit more provocation: Can we talk about the two youngest players in the Low-A Carolina league - Chourio and Mendez - continuing to shine and play tantalizing baseball? This should definitively not be overlooked. Chourio, in particular, was recently moved to number three on the updated Brewers 'Baseball America' Top 30 prospects. He's 18 years old, folks. This is exciting. Mendez is following suit and playing extremely good ball as of late. And, hey, I didn't even mention Eduardo Garcia . That's discipline. Jakob Brustoski continued his recent string of effective bullpen work. After an extremely rough April where Jakob struggled to find the zone consistently, he's bounced back admirably in May with 6 2/3 innings pitched: four hits, three runs, two hit batters, three walks, 12 punch outs. After tonight's unblemished innings, he's seen his ERA drop from 21.94 to 13.94 pitching to a very workable 4.05 ERA in all of May. Things are looking up! Speaking of bullpen work: let's recognize the sum total of Pablo Garabitos, Brustoski, Trevor Tietz, and Brannon Jordan. The young men pitched a total of five complete innings of one run, two hit, five strikeout ball. The lone run came on a solo shot off Jordan in the final two innings. He got his first save of the season on two innings of effective work - closing the game on a punch out with high heat after a couple very effective breaking balls. Garabitos grabs the win with his sole fifth inning of one hit, one strikeout ball. *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, South Bend (Cubs) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Rattler Club Cubs 9-2 - Knarr Pitches Six Scoreless for Sixth Win as Offense Cracks 14 Hits It was an absolutely beautiful game in Appleton Wisconsin and the Timber Rattlers showed up with hits aplenty to back another stellar outing from Ace, Brandon Knarr . They managed this all while appeasing the season high attendance north of 4,000 total fans. What a showing! Hits were sprinkled all about the ballpark, stellar defense was played and Knarr was dealing. It was nice to see the bats heat up as they had been relatively held in check over the last two games. Let's take a look at my viewing notes and the plethora of awesome home game post-game materials that will give you a good look at what went down at the home ballpark. Game Viewing Notes: More insight on what is now routine stellar defense. A run was saved early by Ethan Murray at short stop: Zavier Warren is the Felix Valerio of High-A Wisconsin. He shows an equally disciplined approach at the plate and he plays stellar defense at the hot corner just as Valerio does the same at second base for Biloxi (and, now, occasionally left field as well). A perfect example of this was the home run blast in the bottom of the eighth (his second on the season) followed by an absolutely incredible stop and throw-out from third base to end the game. Check out this stab starting 2:06 on the Full Game highlight reel: How good has Knarr been in 2022? Firstly, after today's scoreless six-inning outing he lowered his ERA to 1.17, moved his strikeout total to 55, and saw his scoreless streak extended to 13 1/3 innings. Not shabby. But, let's look at his last 5 outings: he has allowed a mere two runs over 30 innings. Four of those starts have been scoreless outings. Can you say: Promotion? Check out the post-game Soundcloud pod for further thoughts on and from Knarr, Wes Clarke and Tyler Clarke : Post-Game Pod Here Keep in mind, Knarr relinquished a hit every inning today. BUT, he limited all damage. They were singles. He dominated out of the stretch - including a pick-off. He buckled down, in concert with his infield, and kept a very active base-running team in South Bend very much in check. He's just flat out been excellent all season long. He's essentially a couple flukes away from an 8-0 start to the season. That's just incredible stuff. It was nice to see Tyler Black get back on track with a three hit game. Having started the series a mere 1 of 14, he finished his evening with three hits in five trips and started his game three for three. Wes Clarke had another vintage 2022 Wes Clarke day. His average just doesn't tell the story of his solid season and the OPS of 0.737 backs that up. He knocked in two RBI's in consecutive innings early and earned two walks as well on the day. Every Timber Rattler grabbed a hit today except Darrien Miller. Every Timber Rattler reached base today including Darrien Miller. This was an offensive outburst shared by everyone in the line-up. A tip of the cap to Zach Mort who closed the game with three innings complete of two-run ball (all in the ninth inning) preserving the elite back-end tandem of Hasler and Robinson for the series finale on Sunday. Let's see what Antoine Kelly can do his second time working the South Bend line-up on Sunday. Perhaps, just maybe, the true highlight of the game was Tim Dillard's work on the mound and with the famed 'Bratzooka': Black stole three bases in today's game. He has eight total on the season now and the Timber Rattlers now have 7 of the 25 top base stealers in the Midwest League. Black also took the field in center field today. This was Tyler's first action in the outfield since high school. Is this noteworthy? Probably not. But, it is a classic Brewers maneuver. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Mississippi (Braves) 5, Biloxi 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Late Rally by Shuckers Not Enough in 5-4 Defeat - OF Joey WIemer Falls Triple Shy of Cycle Noah Zavolas features a five-pitch mix as a young pitcher: a fastball, change-up, curveball, slider, and cutter. There's lots to pick from in his pitching bag and he showed the possible prowess of this mix in 2021 with 121 often remarkable innings pitched. Even with five pitches, however, you can not hang off-speed offerings directly over the plate - especially to very good baseball players. Noah did so on pitch number two to Braves number one prospect, Michael Harris II, and he saw the delivering absolutely crushed to dead center field off the high wall. Believe me when I say this: Michael Harris II is an extremely talented baseball player. He's balled out in every game I've seen the Shuckers play the Braves in 2022. The score was still 2-1 Shuckers after Biloxi managed to plate two in the top-half of inning number one on a bevy of two-out singles. Noah struggled to find his footing in this outing. BUT, ever the optimist, I am going to celebrate the footing Noah did find. After conceding 5 runs after two innings, Zavolas hunkered down and found some flow. Given his 2021 performance, I'm going to chalk these rough early outings to 'working the kinks out'. There's too much there and this is merely outing number two coming off a mysterious delay to his season's beginning. Here's to better game's ahead! Further Viewing Notes: Things looked good early as the Shuckers were scoring runners with two down on the aforementioned 'bevy of singles'. Tristen Lutz stayed hot and helped knock a run across: Terence Doston saw his first ever action in Double-A. He is a smaller stature athlete who passed up an opportunity to play football at West Virginia before opting for the Minor Leagues as a Brewers 22nd round draft pick in 2019. Tonight, he played left field and smoothly collected two fly-ball outs in the first inning to get his evening started. As a random 'hunch', I would gather the organization wants to expose Dotson to Yeison Coca who, also a smaller statured athlete, has put on an impactful amount of weight over his early seasons and it shows in Coca's physical growth. After a first at-bat strikeout, where Terence looked overmatched, Doston recovered and made nice contact on two line drive outs to the Braves' shortstop in addition to an extremely well hit out to right field. Unfortunately, in the game of baseball it isn't how you hit it but, rather, where you hit it. Dotson fared well tonight and he should hold his head high. Nothing would describe the current stretch of inconsistent Shuckers baseball more than the failed pick-off and pickle in the bottom of inning number two. Thomas Dillard did his part by throwing a ball too high to Cam Devanney who barely made the leaping snare just off second base. Devanney then rushed his throw to first, hit the base runner on the helmet, and the ball trickled past the first base bag and the runner was safe. These are the types of defensive miscues seemingly happening on a regular basis for Biloxi in 2022. This was a key gaffe as there were no outs at the time, Zavolas was struggling, and the runner then left on the ensuing 3-2 count and grabbed third base on another well-hit ball to center field. The Shuckers remain a Southern League leader in errors. This sequence was indicative of that stat. I've now seen two Shuckers pitchers charged balls for pitch clock violations in two consecutive games. Last night Arnaldo Hernandez was charged a ball on a 1-2 count with the bases loaded before a bases-clearing double to the wall in right field that turned the tide of the entire game. In today's game, with runners on second and third base in a rough second inning, Zavolas was charged with a pitch-clock violation. Thankfully, he escaped unscathed inducing a sharply hit ground ball for the inning-ending double play. BUT, it is worth pointing out: the pitch clock changes the game in pressure situations. A pitcher can see a favorable count ruined in a matter of mere seconds. The struggle with RISP reared its head in inning number three for even the hottest of Shuckers hitters. With Joey Wiemer on second base after a wonderful stretch of a single into a hard-earned double, and the ever-walkable Thomas Dillard on first base (his pitch-recognition and patience appears to be Dillard's best attribute - 27 walks on the season) on first, both Jakson Reetz and Tristan Lutz struck out and stranded the runners on the base paths. It remained 5-2 Braves heading to the bottom half off the third. The Shuckers finished 3 for 12 on the evening with RISP. He may have thrown a scoreless inning on Tuesday in Mississippi (and, a big hooray for that and a wish for many more scoreless innings ahead!) but Lucas Erceg led off his outing in the bottom of the seventh as he has done many times in 2022: he gave up a hard hit double. Admittedly, I was a wee concerned he might see another run away inning. Erceg's 2022 scouting report might read: "High velocity but pitches to contact." Let's get to the goods: Lucas got out of the seventh and eighth inning unscathed. All in all, this was a very successful outing for the recently transitioned hurler and one we should hope he builds on. He even struck out the absolutely dangerous Michael Harris II after walking the number nine hitter. That's a win! All told, two innings of scoreless one hit, one walk, and one strikeout ball for Erceg tonight. Wiemer was a triple shy of the cycle on the evening. He absolutely crushed a home run to deep left field. He literally swings and hits the ball different than most other players at the ballpark. The home run ball was hit harder and further than any ball the entire evening and it wasn't even close - this included the home run hit to straight away center field by Michael Harris II in the first inning. Let's all take our long overdue Wiemer 'Moment of Zen': The Shuckers almost had the tying-run across. But, well, this isn't really going to get it done Felix: Speaking of Felix, he may be in a mini slump at the plate but he continues to play incredible defense. Erceg can tip his cap to Valerio's incredible diving stop at second base in the center field grass, improbable turn and throw to nail the runner by a fraction at first, all while saving a sure run from scoring. The Shuckers still have an opportunity to split the six-game away series with a win tomorrow. Here's hoping! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Nashville 7, Louisville (Reds) 0 - POSTPONED in THIRD INNING (Booooooo!) Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds and Bats Suspended at First Horizon Park - Game to be Resumed at 1:05 Sunday Things were looking rosy early. And, then the weather rolled in. See my brief notes below. Of note, unheralded but steady Abraham Almonte was having a game - just another thriving Nasvhville Sounds late 2021 free agent signing. It is truly difficult to understand how immaculately the Brewers organization has hit on Minor League free agents in late 2021. They are answering the proverbial bell up and down the Nasvhille roster. Abbreviated Game Notes: Josh Lindbolm faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. I'm calling this an imperfect perfect game - he did concede one hit after all. Create a new stat column, please. I have spoken. The Sounds managed seven runs in only 2 complete innings. Abraham Almonte's three-run home run to left field played a big part: Prior to this three-run jack, however, Almonte also had his say in the first inning knocking in the game's first run on a single up the middle: A tip of the proverbial cap is due for Pablo Reyes. He is finally seeing his weeks of solid contact rewarding him with hits in the stat column. He's made good contact regularly and now he is finding results. I'm rooting for you, Pablo! *** That's a wrap for my Saturday fill-in Minor League report. Please stay tuned early tomorrow as we have matinee tilts abound for all our beloved teams. Nashville will lead things off as they pick-up and conclude today's weather-postponed outing for game number one. They'll have the unexpected double header following immediately after a 30 minute 'rest'. As always, thanks for reading and thank you for supporting our Minor League players! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth *** View full article
  3. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Blanked 2-0 in Series Tying Loss - Mudcats Shut Out for Third Time on the Road This Season Please take a trip down memory lane to this date in history in 1992. Taste some of that vintage Mudcats storyline. Folks, this is the good stuff: Israel Puello had his best outing of his career to date for High-A Carolina. This was a much needed outing for the young hurler and we hope to see more of this moving forward. Ultimately, I gave the old 'Tag' nod to Edwin Jimenez who pitched three shutout innings of zero run, one hit, one walk, and four strikeout ball allowing his team the opportunity to claw back in it late. Edwin, in my opinion, (still a mere 20 years old) has been one of the steadier pitching options for Carolina. Regardless, after several rough outings, it was truly nice to see Israel turn a kind of corner. Jeferson Quero showed off his arm nailing a failed stolen base attempt after a lead-off walk - the second out in inning number four. It was a bang-bang play and a heck of a throw from the young catcher. He opened inning five with a very compact and impressive swing on a single to right field. It's always nice to be reminded by the prospect themselves of why they are highly touted. This is Jackson Chourio's second hitless game in eight total outings for the Mudcats. However, one thing seems quite clear early: this young man doesn't strike out much (zero, again, on the 0-4 outing). Low strikeout totals and tendencies are always an extremely positive sign for an extremely young and talented hitter. The bats were awfully quiet in this one for the young Mudcats with a mere four hits and not a single hit for extra bases. This being said, I have to admit seeing Jesus Chirinos swipe second base (his first steal of the season) was definitively not on my list of expected outcomes. Speaking of Chirinos, in all the hype and feel-good we've had for the exciting Jackson Chourio (0-4 in this affair) we've forgotten to point out the recent string of success for Jesus: : he has hit safely in 7 consecutive games after tonight. and has gone 8-for-27 during this span. Transitioning to a more demanding offensive position like first base from catcher takes time. It's nice to see the young man starting to gather momentum. The All-Time series versus the Woodpeckers move to 24-22 in favor of Carolina who now sit at 10-14 overall at SEGRA stadium in Fayetteville. *Please keep in mind highlights are limited in many Away contests for the T-Rats...I will attempt to post condensed game highlights when they arrive tomorrow. We are truly spoiled during their Home series. Thank you Chris and Kyle!* Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Run Lifts Rattlers Over River Bandits - Wisconsin Wins Fifth Straight Game I mentioned Tristan Peters last night. Let us take a look at his recent run of excellence. A very compact and nuanced, but, easy and flowing swing: He continues to be unheralded, but, I'm going to keep shining light on this young man's season. He has winning baseball tools for days. A bright future is ahead. To start inning number five for Antoine Kelly, Carlos Rodriguez botched his very first fly out of the season. A routine deep fly to the warning track caromed off his glove and there was a runner aboard at second base with zero outs. This was highly uncharacteristic from the typically adept outfielder - his first error of the season. Unfortunately, this error seemed to rattle Kelly as it led to a walk on a wild pitch and the runner aboard advanced to third. Ultimately, the Quad Cities got one run from the error on a sacrifice fly out to Tristan Peters in right field. Tristan followed this sac fly with an adept play to snare a well-hit liner down the right field line. Cam Robinson continues his string of excellent work in May, He pitched two scoreless, including a punch out to end the contest preserving the 3-2 victory. Cam is un-scored upon in May. That's going to play at any level. In a recent post-game podcast, Kyle Lobner made the astute observation: the Midwest League is much kinder to teams who don't beat themselves. Well, the Timber Rattlers currently espouse this bit of wisdom with aplomb. During their recent string of success, the Rattlers just are not making many mistakes. And, when a player does make an inevitable mistake, their teammates don't compound the issue by piling on more. They are simply playing winning baseball. At the High-A level, this is truly a joy to watch. Case and point: the winning run crossing in the eighth inning was about as emblematic of taking advantage of mistakes as it gets. Joe Gray Jr. led off with a double. On the very next pitch he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darrien Miller was incapable of getting Joe across home plate as he grounded out to the pitcher. However, Tristan Peters executed what was tantamount to a swinging bunt dribbler down the first base line and Joe scored and the T-Rats had their lead. This is winning baseball. And, in this case, that run won the game. Speaking of Joe Gray Jr., he is definitely heating up: What does winning baseball look like, you ask? Tonight's win gave our Timber Rattlers their third different five-game winning streak of the season. That'll do! A nod to Tristan Peters again. He singled in the fourth inning to push his current on-base streak to nineteen games. He knocked home the winning run. He ended the fifth inning threat after Quad City's first runner crossed home plate. Tristan=Winner in 'Canadian'. Another nod is in order for Antoine Kelly going a career-high 5 2/3 innings. He didn't grab a decision on the evening, but, for a young man who prefers to work out of the bullpen he sure is looking quite nice as a starter. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 10 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Consistent Hitting Tops Shuckers 10-5 - Wiemer Homers for Second Straight Day A telling inning for the 2022 Shuckers at present would have to be the top of the seventh inning today. After just clawing back to within a 2-3 score in the bottom of the sixth via some Joey Wiemer base-running prowess and some friendly throwing errors from Birmingham, Lucas Erceg took the mound for the second inning of his outing. A tough grounder snuck its way into right field off the sliding backhanded effort from Thomas Dillard - a difficult play but definitely a makable play. Unfortunately, these are the types of plays not being made so far in 2022. The Barons then bunted their man to second base. There was one down and the inning was still quite manageable. What proceeded to happen is a series of weak grounders finding their way to various parts of the infield or the outfield. A let-up on another makable play down the first base line from Thomas Dillard (a ball most on the Biloxi squad felt was a foul ball but a ball that was called fair) allowing the fifth run to cross. Previous to that, Freddy Zamora failed to corral a one-hop bullet throw from Joey Wiemer to nail the runner at second base rounding first which would have grabbed out number two. Innings like these have appeared all too often for the young Shuckers. And, as a result, they continue to struggle. Times are tough and the slog is real down in Double-A. Let's hope they can start playing better ball in days ahead! Lost in the shuffle, was Nick Bennett's career-high eight strikeouts in the early tilt. In total, Nick went five complete innings of four hit and one walk ball. He was snakebitten by a couple early solo shots but, all in all, he had quite a nice outing. Perhaps, his best showing overall of 2022. Here's hoping he keeps trending in this direction as he was one of the more intriguing pitching follows to start the year in Biloxi. Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer managed to steal his third base in the first two games of this series and his sixth overall in 2022. An unheralded aspect of Joey's game is his overall athleticism. He obviously has a cannon of an arm. and showcased that arm on two separate plays in the seventh inning, but he also has the speed to swipe bases and cover the outfield. Joey also added another outfield assist to his already League leading tally and, really, should have had another - he now has six assists through 29 games. There simply continues to be a plethora of things to celebrate here. I could talk about his sixth home run of his season, and the second ding dong in two days, as well. Oh, wait, I guess I just did. Here's the highlight: The Barons definitely found some tell signs in Nick Bennett's delivery. In the fifth inning alone, they managed to swipe three bases. I'm curious to see how this plays moving forward as, even out of the stretch, there was some delay affording runners a good take off. Freddy Zamora committed his 11th error in 29 games. It was yet another throwing error and, at this point, I don't know what we're going to get leaving his hands. It's a real conundrum here early in 2022 and this is certainly not the start we fans envisioned after the way 2021 ended for the young shortstop. Lucas Erceg continues to experience improbably bad luck while taking the mound as a reliever. He was credited with giving up five hits in his 1 2/3 innings today. He was credited with giving up four runs. The stat line doesn't really depict what happened and, I would politely argue, his defense let him down on numerous occasions and the umpire blew a call. I gave you a brief glimpse in the above description. However, always the optimist, I'm convinced better days are ahead. He did manage to touch 100mph on the radar gun in his second inning of work. Perhaps, just maybe, there was a little added frustration in that heater! The Shuckers hit 1-9 with RISP. This continues to be a problem for the team. Brent Diaz managed to knock in his fourth home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. His average has now dipped below .200 on the season but he continues to make meaningful contact: We showcased Garrett Mitchell's speed last night as he scored the winning run on an extremely shallow liner to left field. Here, he hits his second triple of his season and blazes to third. I seriously ponder how fast Garrett could run a 40 yard dash. This young man has some serious get up and go! The series is tied 1-1. Let's just move onto game number three and play some better baseball! Let's go, young men. Keep those chins up, heads high, and unlock your greatness. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally Late But Fall Short in Jacksonville - Brice Turang, Jon Singleton Hit Home Runs in Loss Caleb Boushley took the mound for the Sounds today and gave up two two-run homers in the bottom half of the first. He limited any further damage and pretty much coasted through his four remaining innings. He left his outing after five, having given up a mere five hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Those two homers held for Jacksonville, however, as Caleb left with the Sounds trailing 4-2. The Sounds definitely clawed back into the game and made a hotly contested game of it - something you'd expect and hope for from two Divisional leaders. After tying the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth, Nashville had the bases juiced with two down. Pablo Reyes came to the plate with an opportunity to open a lead but continued his unfortunate struggles and struck out on three pitches. When Pablo is making contact he has simply been unlucky as he's typically been making quite good contact. A strike out on three pitches is not the result he or the Sounds were after. And, so goes the game of baseball. Further Viewing Notes: Brice Turang managed to blast his third home run of his season pulling the Sounds within 4-3. It was a beautiful smooth stroke and booming moonshot over the wall in right field. He looks so much more poised and calm at the plate. Don't just take my word for it. Here's someone much more qualified commenting on Brice: The adjustments Turang has made, in concert with the Sounds and Brewers hitting coaches, have made such a discernible difference. Take a look at this swing: Not to be outdone, Jon Singleton followed suit with his seventh bomb (and first dinger against a lefty!) of his season and it was suddenly a tie ball game at 4-4. Here is your highlight: The view from the ballpark definitely showed what I was seeing. The Home crowd was surprisingly excited: Bedrocks of the Nashville Sounds offensive surge, all season long really, Brice Turang and David Dahl had their eighth and seventh respective multi-hit games on the year. Turang finished his day 3 of 5 with the home run, RBI, and run. David finished 2 of 4 with a run. He is now back above .300 hitting .309 on the season. The David Dahl resurgence is real. He plays a smooth and steady outfield to boot. Uncharacteristic blemished performances from the bullpen sealed the Sounds fate after tying the game in the sixth. In the bottom half of the same sixth inning, Miguel Sanchez gave a run right back with a sequence of self-inflicted harm. A hit batter, a walk, a double play ground ball and it looked like the inning would end. But, Miguel threw a wild pitch to the very next batter and it was 5-4 Jacksonville. Thomas Jankins didn't fair much better in the seventh inning. In one inning pitched, Jankins gave up 3 hits, one walk, and a wild pitch while giving up two earned runs. It was 7-4. The Sounds had a legitimate shot to tie or win the game in the ninth inning. After Brice Turang's routine pop-up between the short stop and a sprinting left fielder somehow found the grass, the Sounds had two men aboard. Keston Hiura then worked a count full and hit a rope shot past a diving third baseman and it was 7-5 with two men on, two out, and Jon Singleton representing the leading run at the plate. The drama ended on a beautiful breaking pitch from Jacksonville (LHP) Robert Garcia as Jon succumbed to his second strike out on the afternoon. Fear not, my friends, we head back to an evening game tomorrow for our Sounds. And, just let this soak in: The Sounds have won every series they have played so far this year. If we trace team the team records all the way back to the last century (1988), this is the first time since at least 1987 the team has won its first five series in a season. Let's make it six! We are actually back to all evening games for the clubs tomorrow. I don't know about you, but I am partial to all evening tilts. Let's hope Nasvhille and Biloxi get some good rest and come out mashing tomorrow night. As always, it's been a pleasure sharing my reports with you. Let's keep rooting for the farm! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depth
  4. The Shuckers fought back in their matinee game but reverted to the poor form seen during their recent seven-game skid. The Sounds clawed their way back to even but faded late with three uncharacteristic runs conceded by the bullpen. Carolina lost a well-pitched low-scoring affair in Fayetteville. BUT, all was literally not lost: Wisconsin kept plugging away and ultimately won on a classic move the runner brand of baseball late and a vintage May 2022 closing performance from Cam Robinson. Transactions: None Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Fayetteville (Astros) 2, Carolina 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina Blanked 2-0 in Series Tying Loss - Mudcats Shut Out for Third Time on the Road This Season Please take a trip down memory lane to this date in history in 1992. Taste some of that vintage Mudcats storyline. Folks, this is the good stuff: Israel Puello had his best outing of his career to date for High-A Carolina. This was a much needed outing for the young hurler and we hope to see more of this moving forward. Ultimately, I gave the old 'Tag' nod to Edwin Jimenez who pitched three shutout innings of zero run, one hit, one walk, and four strikeout ball allowing his team the opportunity to claw back in it late. Edwin, in my opinion, (still a mere 20 years old) has been one of the steadier pitching options for Carolina. Regardless, after several rough outings, it was truly nice to see Israel turn a kind of corner. Jeferson Quero showed off his arm nailing a failed stolen base attempt after a lead-off walk - the second out in inning number four. It was a bang-bang play and a heck of a throw from the young catcher. He opened inning five with a very compact and impressive swing on a single to right field. It's always nice to be reminded by the prospect themselves of why they are highly touted. This is Jackson Chourio's second hitless game in eight total outings for the Mudcats. However, one thing seems quite clear early: this young man doesn't strike out much (zero, again, on the 0-4 outing). Low strikeout totals and tendencies are always an extremely positive sign for an extremely young and talented hitter. The bats were awfully quiet in this one for the young Mudcats with a mere four hits and not a single hit for extra bases. This being said, I have to admit seeing Jesus Chirinos swipe second base (his first steal of the season) was definitively not on my list of expected outcomes. Speaking of Chirinos, in all the hype and feel-good we've had for the exciting Jackson Chourio (0-4 in this affair) we've forgotten to point out the recent string of success for Jesus: : he has hit safely in 7 consecutive games after tonight. and has gone 8-for-27 during this span. Transitioning to a more demanding offensive position like first base from catcher takes time. It's nice to see the young man starting to gather momentum. The All-Time series versus the Woodpeckers move to 24-22 in favor of Carolina who now sit at 10-14 overall at SEGRA stadium in Fayetteville. *Please keep in mind highlights are limited in many Away contests for the T-Rats...I will attempt to post condensed game highlights when they arrive tomorrow. We are truly spoiled during their Home series. Thank you Chris and Kyle!* Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities (Royals) 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Late Run Lifts Rattlers Over River Bandits - Wisconsin Wins Fifth Straight Game I mentioned Tristan Peters last night. Let us take a look at his recent run of excellence. A very compact and nuanced, but, easy and flowing swing: He continues to be unheralded, but, I'm going to keep shining light on this young man's season. He has winning baseball tools for days. A bright future is ahead. To start inning number five for Antoine Kelly, Carlos Rodriguez botched his very first fly out of the season. A routine deep fly to the warning track caromed off his glove and there was a runner aboard at second base with zero outs. This was highly uncharacteristic from the typically adept outfielder - his first error of the season. Unfortunately, this error seemed to rattle Kelly as it led to a walk on a wild pitch and the runner aboard advanced to third. Ultimately, the Quad Cities got one run from the error on a sacrifice fly out to Tristan Peters in right field. Tristan followed this sac fly with an adept play to snare a well-hit liner down the right field line. Cam Robinson continues his string of excellent work in May, He pitched two scoreless, including a punch out to end the contest preserving the 3-2 victory. Cam is un-scored upon in May. That's going to play at any level. In a recent post-game podcast, Kyle Lobner made the astute observation: the Midwest League is much kinder to teams who don't beat themselves. Well, the Timber Rattlers currently espouse this bit of wisdom with aplomb. During their recent string of success, the Rattlers just are not making many mistakes. And, when a player does make an inevitable mistake, their teammates don't compound the issue by piling on more. They are simply playing winning baseball. At the High-A level, this is truly a joy to watch. Case and point: the winning run crossing in the eighth inning was about as emblematic of taking advantage of mistakes as it gets. Joe Gray Jr. led off with a double. On the very next pitch he advanced to third on a wild pitch. Darrien Miller was incapable of getting Joe across home plate as he grounded out to the pitcher. However, Tristan Peters executed what was tantamount to a swinging bunt dribbler down the first base line and Joe scored and the T-Rats had their lead. This is winning baseball. And, in this case, that run won the game. What does winning baseball look like, you ask? Tonight's win gave our Timber Rattlers their third different five-game winning streak of the season. That'll do! A nod to Tristan Peters again. He singled in the fourth inning to push his current on-base streak to nineteen games. He knocked home the winning run. He ended the fifth inning threat after Quad City's first runner crossed home plate. Tristan=Winner in 'Canadian'. Another nod is in order for Antoine Kelly going a career-high 5 2/3 innings. He didn't grab a decision on the evening, but, for a young man who prefers to work out of the bullpen he sure is looking quite nice as a starter. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Birmingham (White Sox) 10 , Biloxi 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Barons Consistent Hitting Tops Shuckers 10-5 - Wiemer Homers for Second Straight Day A telling inning for the 2022 Shuckers at present would have to be the top of the seventh inning today. After just clawing back to within a 2-3 score in the bottom of the sixth via some Joey Wiemer base-running prowess and some friendly throwing errors from Birmingham, Lucas Erceg took the mound for the second inning of his outing. A tough grounder snuck its way into right field off the sliding backhanded effort from Thomas Dillard - a difficult play but definitely a makable play. Unfortunately, these are the types of plays not being made so far in 2022. The Barons then bunted their man to second base. There was one down and the inning was still quite manageable. What proceeded to happen is a series of weak grounders finding their way to various parts of the infield or the outfield. A let-up on another makable play down the first base line from Thomas Dillard (a ball most on the Biloxi squad felt was a foul ball but a ball that was called fair) allowing the fifth run to cross. Previous to that, Freddy Zamora failed to corral a one-hop bullet throw from Joey Wiemer to nail the runner at second base rounding first which would have grabbed out number two. Innings like these have appeared all too often for the young Shuckers. And, as a result, they continue to struggle. Times are tough and the slog is real down in Double-A. Let's hope they can start playing better ball in days ahead! Lost in the shuffle, was Nick Bennett's career-high eight strikeouts in the early tilt. In total, Nick went five complete innings of four hit and one walk ball. He was snakebitten by a couple early solo shots but, all in all, he had quite a nice outing. Perhaps, his best showing overall of 2022. Here's hoping he keeps trending in this direction as he was one of the more intriguing pitching follows to start the year in Biloxi. Further Viewing Notes: Joey Wiemer managed to steal his third base in the first two games of this series and his sixth overall in 2022. An unheralded aspect of Joey's game is his overall athleticism. He obviously has a cannon of an arm. and showcased that arm on two separate plays in the seventh inning, but he also has the speed to swipe bases and cover the outfield. Joey also added another outfield assist to his already League leading tally and, really, should have had another - he now has six assists through 29 games. There simply continues to be a plethora of things to celebrate here. I could talk about his sixth home run of his season, and the second ding dong in two days, as well. Oh, wait, I guess I just did. Here's the highlight: The Barons definitely found some tell signs in Nick Bennett's delivery. In the fifth inning alone, they managed to swipe three bases. I'm curious to see how this plays moving forward as, even out of the stretch, there was some delay affording runners a good take off. Freddy Zamora committed his 11th error in 29 games. It was yet another throwing error and, at this point, I don't know what we're going to get leaving his hands. It's a real conundrum here early in 2022 and this is certainly not the start we fans envisioned after the way 2021 ended for the young shortstop. Lucas Erceg continues to experience improbably bad luck while taking the mound as a reliever. He was credited with giving up five hits in his 1 2/3 innings today. He was credited with giving up four runs. The stat line doesn't really depict what happened and, I would politely argue, his defense let him down on numerous occasions and the umpire blew a call. I gave you a brief glimpse in the above description. However, always the optimist, I'm convinced better days are ahead. He did manage to touch 100mph on the radar gun in his second inning of work. Perhaps, just maybe, there was a little added frustration in that heater! The Shuckers hit 1-9 with RISP. This continues to be a problem for the team. Brent Diaz managed to knock in his fourth home run of the season to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. His average has now dipped below .200 on the season but he continues to make meaningful contact: We showcased Garrett Mitchell's speed last night as he scored the winning run on an extremely shallow liner to left field. Here, he hits his second triple of his season and blazes to third. I seriously ponder how fast Garrett could run a 40 yard dash. This young man has some serious get up and go! The series is tied 1-1. Let's just move onto game number three and play some better baseball! Let's go, young men. Keep those chins up, heads high, and unlock your greatness. Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Jacksonville (Marlins) 7, Nashville 5 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Sounds Rally Late But Fall Short in Jacksonville - Brice Turang, Jon Singleton Hit Home Runs in Loss Caleb Boushley took the mound for the Sounds today and gave up two two-run homers in the bottom half of the first. He limited any further damage and pretty much coasted through his four remaining innings. He left his outing after five, having given up a mere five hits and one walk while striking out five batters. Those two homers held for Jacksonville, however, as Caleb left with the Sounds trailing 4-2. The Sounds definitely clawed back into the game and made a hotly contested game of it - something you'd expect and hope for from two Divisional leaders. After tying the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth, Nashville had the bases juiced with two down. Pablo Reyes came to the plate with an opportunity to open a lead but continued his unfortunate struggles and struck out on three pitches. When Pablo is making contact he has simply been unlucky as he's typically been making quite good contact. A strike out on three pitches is not the result he or the Sounds were after. And, so goes the game of baseball. Further Viewing Notes: Brice Turang managed to blast his third home run of his season pulling the Sounds within 4-3. It was a beautiful smooth stroke and booming moonshot over the wall in right field. He looks so much more poised and calm at the plate. Don't just take my word for it. Here's someone much more qualified commenting on Brice: The adjustments Turang has made, in concert with the Sounds and Brewers hitting coaches, have made such a discernible difference. Take a look at this swing: Not to be outdone, Jon Singleton followed suit with his seventh bomb (and first dinger against a lefty!) of his season and it was suddenly a tie ball game at 4-4. Here is your highlight: The view from the ballpark definitely showed what I was seeing. The Home crowd was surprisingly excited: Bedrocks of the Nashville Sounds offensive surge, all season long really, Brice Turang and David Dahl had their eighth and seventh respective multi-hit games on the year. Turang finished his day 3 of 5 with the home run, RBI, and run. David finished 2 of 4 with a run. He is now back above .300 hitting .309 on the season. The David Dahl resurgence is real. He plays a smooth and steady outfield to boot. Uncharacteristic blemished performances from the bullpen sealed the Sounds fate after tying the game in the sixth. In the bottom half of the same sixth inning, Miguel Sanchez gave a run right back with a sequence of self-inflicted harm. A hit batter, a walk, a double play ground ball and it looked like the inning would end. But, Miguel threw a wild pitch to the very next batter and it was 5-4 Jacksonville. Thomas Jankins didn't fair much better in the seventh inning. In one inning pitched, Jankins gave up 3 hits, one walk, and a wild pitch while giving up two earned runs. It was 7-4. The Sounds had a legitimate shot to tie or win the game in the ninth inning. After Brice Turang's routine pop-up between the short stop and a sprinting left fielder somehow found the grass, the Sounds had two men aboard. Keston Hiura then worked a count full and hit a rope shot past a diving third baseman and it was 7-5 with two men on, two out, and Jon Singleton representing the leading run at the plate. The drama ended on a beautiful breaking pitch from Jacksonville (LHP) Robert Garcia as Jon succumbed to his second strike out on the afternoon. Fear not, my friends, we head back to an evening game tomorrow for our Sounds. And, just let this soak in: The Sounds have won every series they have played so far this year. If we trace team the team records all the way back to the last century (1988), this is the first time since at least 1987 the team has won its first five series in a season. Let's make it six! We are actually back to all evening games for the clubs tomorrow. I don't know about you, but I am partial to all evening tilts. Let's hope Nasvhille and Biloxi get some good rest and come out mashing tomorrow night. As always, it's been a pleasure sharing my reports with you. Let's keep rooting for the farm! Organizational Scoreboard, including starting pitcher info, game times, MiLB TV links, and box scores Links for affiliate audio Standings and sortable stat pages Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Batting Stats and Depth Current Milwaukee Brewers Organization Pitching Stats and Depthan View full article
  5. With Micah Bello cashing in on a fantastic start to his season, he packed his bags and headed north to Appleton. In his wake, we watched the much anticipated promotion and debut of Jackson Chourio back in Carolina. Rex Brothers was sent packing from Nashville and Moises Gomez filed his retirement papers. Oh, and there were games. Four of them. I tuned in live for the full performance of newly promoted Sal Frelick (playing in left field tonight) filling out the Biloxi outfield with absolute studs. All in all, Carolina and Wisconsin raked and put up a combined 23 runs while Biloxi and Nashville each coughed up late leads. Let's get to the report! Transactions: Sal Frelick officially promoted to Double-AA Biloxi , Micah Bello (OF) promoted to High-A Wisconsin, Jackson Chourio promoted to Low-A Carolina, RHP Moises Gomez (2021 Minor League FA signing) retired, LHP Rex Brothers released from Triple-A Nashville. *** Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 14 , Augusta (Braves) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina's Offense Comes Alive in 14-1 Victory - Alberis Ferrer went 2-for-3 with Three Runs, Three RBI and a Two-Run Home Run Additionally, please read the player promotion press release from Zebulon here: Official words on the Bello and Chourio promotions For those of you unfamiliar with Jackson, here's a brief introduction: *** When you pull out a 14-1 victory, it's apropos to start it off with some highlights. Some of these hits are so tasty, you'll see them twice. For your viewing pleasure: With the much anticipated Jackson Chourio debut, our Mudcats brought their celebratory bats to the ballpark. This one was filled with performances throughout the line-up. Consider the following box score: That's a whole lot of numbers. And, the end result speaks for itself. It had to have felt cathartic to get 14 across after a hard-fought series split this past week at Down East. Further Notes: Eduardo Garcia continues his feast or famine approach. I, for one, am highly anticipating his inevitable promotion to High-A. How will the strikeouts translate at a higher level of pitching? Will he continue achieving this type of success when he makes contact? For now, I will quite simply patiently wait the evolution and discovery while celebrating his play. Enjoy this tantalizing Low-A dynamo. His glove work, as I've mentioned before, is really good with a cannon for an arm as well. What a debut for Jackson Chourio. Thrown into the proverbial mix as the three-hole hitter, this is a testament to how he is viewed within the organization. I really look forward to upcoming games and sharing the good news. Hats off to the fine pitching performances from Brannon Jordan, Brandon Ramey, and Junior Montero. The three hurlers combined for nine complete innings pitched with five hits, five walks, and seven punch outs. The sole run was unearned. This is the type of Low-A pitching performance that puts a smile on your face. The Mudcats won all six contests versus the GreenJackets last season and, with this victory, are now 7-0 overall in the all-time series. Can they make it 8-0 tomorrow? *** Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Starts Fort Wayne Series with Shutout Win - Shook Strikes Out Seven Over Six Scoreless Innings for the Rattlers *** Let's start it out with a light-hearted interview with guitar-loving hurler, and tonight's starter, TJ Shook. TJ is off to a fantastic start in 2022 and he kept it going tonight (more to follow). It's always nice to get a sneak-peak at these prospects beyond the diamond: This game was partially about the break out six-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach. But, folks, this game is also about the development we're seeing from TJ Shook. Check out the YouTube highlight package below to see what I'm talking about: tailing, dipping, moving action. This is an exciting pitching prospect. On the young season: TJ has three games started and five appearances with a 2-1 overall record. Furthermore, he is dialing in a 1.05 era with a 0.82 WHIP while surrendering a paltry 0.140 batting average. High-A hitters are simply struggling to make contact on his stuff and he's struck out 34 (third overall in the league) while walking a mere 9 batters in 25 2/3 innings pitched. Tonights line: six complete innings, four hits, seven strikeouts with none across. Do you think he adjusted over the off-season? It sure as heck looks like it to me. What a fun surprise of the early 2022 season! Here's the full highlights package: And, please listen in from the team in your Timber Rattlers Post-Game Podcast: Here Further Notes: Zavier Warren continues his resurgence at the plate. He is on an incredible run of late - 4 multi-hit games in the current five-game hitting streak and doubles in all five contests. With Frelick's promotion, Wisconsin is going to need his continued presence. With Frelick no longer in the lead off spot, Tristan Peters received the nod tonight. Let's hope he can keep his fine young season going in all facets. He showed up with a walk and a run scored in inning one and had a key double in the six-run fifth inning. Joe Gray Jr. will now see quite a bit more action at his more natural defensive position in center field. Hopefully, this will translate to more comfort at the plate as well - a walk tonight and a one of three overall line with a run is momentum continuing Antonio Pinero with two balls struck at over 100 mph tonight including a well-hit home run smash over the wall in left field. It's nice to see Antonio experience success at the plate given we know he'll be solid in the field. Micah Bello, in his Timber Rattlers debut, hit a two-run double in the six run fifth. Congratulations, Micah! We're all hoping your hard work pays off in High-A. Tristan got the nod in the lead off spot tonight, however, it should be noted, manager Joe Ayrault is mixing the lead-off position for now (in post-game podcast) especially with the continued injuries keeping Black and Martinez on the proverbial shelf. I anticipate we'll see various players filling that role - unless, of course, Tristan gets red hot and shows he's a natural. You'll notice Shook and Lazar are a current pitching tandem for the Timber Rattlers. Tonight it was Shook with the starting nod but, when they last appeared, it was Lazar with the start and Shook out of the Pen. This will most likely continue throughout the season. *** Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 3, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biscuits Walk Off Shuckers in Series Opener - Wiemer Homers, Mitchell Drives in Run in Ninth *** It had the makings of a sneaky road victory in Montgomery. Garrett Mitchell had knocked in the suddenly heating up Freddy Zamora (lead off double) on a line drive single to center field. The Shuckers were hoping Lucas Erceg could hold on to the victory. Leading 2-1, the game was tied on an opposite field home run to left after three pitches with a fairly questionable 2-0 count. And, three singles later (the latter a game-ending line drive to deep left center with the outfield in) the game was over - Montgomery's first walk off victory of the season. And, with that, your Joey Wiemer moment of Zen (4th home run of the season): The Shuckers really had nothing doing offensively after Joey tied it up with the above solo shot - the bottom of the order continues to struggle mightily. However, with fantastic pitching through eight complete, they nearly grabbed victory from the jaws of a pitching duel: Further Viewing Notes: 30 year old Minor League journeyman, Tyler Herb, is dealing for the Shuckers right now. This is back-to-back fantastic outings. Facing a Montgomery line-up loaded with left-handed bats, he kept hitters off-balance all night with a fantastic slider and a timely changeup. It's a real shame he wasn't in line for a victory but, at present, he gives his team a shot every outing. You can't ask for more than that. Harold Chirino continued his fantastic work out of the bullpen for the Shuckers. He is a fun pitcher to watch as he is efficient, fast-working, and knows how to pound the zone and keep hitters off balance as he matures and fine-tunes his arsenal. Given his solid track record previous this promotion to Double-A, I would propose he deserves more chatter if this keeps up. After tonight's 1 1/3 innings of no hit, no run, three strikeout ball, Harold has 11 1/3 innings of one run, eight hits, four walks, and ten strikeouts on the season. He's holding batters to a 0.205 combined batting average with a mere 1.05 WHIP. He has been quite good and deserving of mention. It was awfully nice to see the continued comfort for Freddy Zamora at the plate tonight. You could see it early, as he missed a home run down the left field line by mere feet past the foul pole before hitting the crucial double in the ninth (2 of 4 overall on the evening). He also made two stellar defensive plays early - snagging a looping liner and sprinting deep into the outfield to slide and scoop a very odd carom off the left field wall preventing a runner from advancing to third. However, in 22 games we now have ten errors. A throwing error on a high chopper could have proven costly as it put a runner on with two down. The ensuing batter walked. You get the point. I really hope Lucas Erceg can develop some type of off-speed 'something' with staying power. When he's on, he can touch 98 maybe 99 on the gun. But, if he can't set that up or keep batters on their heels, he's going to have trouble like he did tonight. The Montgomery hitters were sitting and waiting for something over the heart of the plate. We've seen mixed results for the young hurler through 22 games. Tonight's blown save, his second blown save in three opportunities, had to hurt. Sal Frelick debuted 0-4 with a strikeout. He made some decent contact in a couple at bats, but all in all it was a quiet debut. Though the results weren't there, it was quite nice to see Felix Valerio back in the lineup. His timing appeared just a bit off but that has to be expected after a brief spell out of the line up. Here's to future hot streaks for Felix! The Shuckers are a more enjoyable watch when he's got the jersey on. I miss Abner Uribe. His injury is an early 2022 lowlight for me as he's one of my favorite pitching prospects in the entire system. Get well soon, Abner! *** Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 7, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Tides Rally to Stun Sounds in Series Opener - Nashville falls to 16-8 with Loss in Series Opener *** Nashville nearly grabbed a big league victory, but when you fail to score a run from the third inning onward you are leaving quite a bit of stress on your pitching staff. In uncharacteristic fashion, the late work of Jason Alexander and Peter Strzelecki gave away the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning. For a staff who have collectively pitched as strong as they have, we'll toss this one up to 'natural wear and tear'. It was a Jon Singleton OBP Party. <Deal With It Gif goes here> Jon became only the second Sounds player in 2022 to earn three walks in a single game. He also added a blooping hook single down the left field line and scored a run. Careful rounding first, big fella, they almost snuck a tag on you there! The Sounds went with Luis Perdomo as a bullpen opener today. Typical starter Jason Alexander took over in the fourth inning and, by the beginning of the 7th, Alexander had a mere 53 pitches with one down. The Sounds have so many ways they can pitch to you and we are seeing more Perdomo bullpen openers in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't work out late tonight but a poor result has been the exception to the rule through 24 games in Nashville. Brice Turang pulled out a hit late to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Congrats Brice, this is quite the tear you are on! For those counting at home, Brice is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with eight runs, five doubles, two home runs, ten RBI and five walks during the streak. Red hot! Hey a Zach Brown sighting! 1/3 inning pitched and now a fresh total of 4 1/3 innings pitched on the year. He relieved Perdomo in the third and got the fly out to Dahl in right field. Weston Wilson continues to do Weston Wilson things. One of three with two rbi's on the evening... ...and stellar glove work at third base. He and Jackson were a part of a fantastic throw out at third base as runners attempted to advance on an Alexander wild pitch. Jackson got an incredible bounce off the brick wall behind home plate but I still have no idea how he threw the runner out other than: Oh right, cannon for an arm. I swear, before he threw the ball, the runner was a mere 8-10 feet from third base. A truly beautiful bang-bang play. *** That's a wrap for our Tuesday slate of games here on May 3rd. Some wonderful results in the Low and High-A levels. Some frustrating tough losses at Double and Triple-A. Here's hoping for some fantastic baseball Wednesday. Take a look at what's in store - the Shuckers game in Montgomery begins at 11:00 AM Central should you choose to listen in to the Biloxi call in the office or elsewhere: 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
  6. Transactions: Sal Frelick officially promoted to Double-AA Biloxi , Micah Bello (OF) promoted to High-A Wisconsin, Jackson Chourio promoted to Low-A Carolina, RHP Moises Gomez (2021 Minor League FA signing) retired, LHP Rex Brothers released from Triple-A Nashville. Carolina Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Carolina 14 , Augusta (Braves) 1 Box Score / Game Log Via the Mudcats' site, game details, please review: Carolina's Offense Comes Alive in 14-1 Victory - Alberis Ferrer went 2-for-3 with Three Runs, Three RBI and a Two-Run Home Run Additionally, please read the player promotion press release from Zebulon here: Official words on the Bello and Chourio promotions For those of you unfamiliar with Jackson, here's a brief introduction: When you pull out a 14-1 victory, it's apropos to start it off with some highlights. Some of these hits are so tasty, you'll see them twice. For your viewing pleasure: With the much anticipated Jackson Chourio debut, our Mudcats brought their celebratory bats to the ballpark. This one was filled with performances throughout the line-up. Consider the following box score: That's a whole lot of numbers. And, the end result speaks for itself. It had to have felt cathartic to get 14 across after a hard-fought series split this past week at Down East. Further Notes: Eduardo Garcia continues his feast or famine approach. I, for one, am highly anticipating his inevitable promotion to High-A. How will the strikeouts translate at a higher level of pitching? Will he continue achieving this type of success when he makes contact? For now, I will quite simply patiently wait the evolution and discovery while celebrating his play. Enjoy this tantalizing Low-A dynamo. His glove work, as I've mentioned before, is really good with a cannon for an arm as well. What a debut for Jackson Chourio. Thrown into the proverbial mix as the three-hole hitter, this is a testament to how he is viewed within the organization. I really look forward to upcoming games and sharing the good news. Hats off to the fine pitching performances from Brannon Jordan, Brandon Ramey, and Junior Montero. The three hurlers combined for nine complete innings pitched with five hits, five walks, and seven punch outs. The sole run was unearned. This is the type of Low-A pitching performance that puts a smile on your face. The Mudcats won all six contests versus the GreenJackets last season and, with this victory, are now 7-0 overall in the all-time series. Can they make it 8-0 tomorrow? Wisconsin Pre-Game Media Notes via their all-encompassing Virtual Press Box Final: Wisconsin 9, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0 Box Score / Game Log Via the Timber Rattlers' site, game details, please review: Wisconsin Starts Fort Wayne Series with Shutout Win - Shook Strikes Out Seven Over Six Scoreless Innings for the Rattlers Let's start it out with a light-hearted interview with guitar-loving hurler, and tonight's starter, TJ Shook. TJ is off to a fantastic start in 2022 and he kept it going tonight (more to follow). It's always nice to get a sneak-peak at these prospects beyond the diamond: This game was partially about the break out six-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach. But, folks, this game is also about the development we're seeing from TJ Shook. Check out the YouTube highlight package below to see what I'm talking about: tailing, dipping, moving action. This is an exciting pitching prospect. On the young season: TJ has three games started and five appearances with a 2-1 overall record. Furthermore, he is dialing in a 1.05 era with a 0.82 WHIP while surrendering a paltry 0.140 batting average. High-A hitters are simply struggling to make contact on his stuff and he's struck out 34 (third overall in the league) while walking a mere 9 batters in 25 2/3 innings pitched. Tonights line: six complete innings, four hits, seven strikeouts with none across. Do you think he adjusted over the off-season? It sure as heck looks like it to me. What a fun surprise of the early 2022 season! Here's the full highlights package: And, please listen in from the team in your Timber Rattlers Post-Game Podcast: Here Further Notes: Zavier Warren continues his resurgence at the plate. He is on an incredible run of late - 4 multi-hit games in the current five-game hitting streak and doubles in all five contests. With Frelick's promotion, Wisconsin is going to need his continued presence. With Frelick no longer in the lead off spot, Tristan Peters received the nod tonight. Let's hope he can keep his fine young season going in all facets. He showed up with a walk and a run scored in inning one and had a key double in the six-run fifth inning. Joe Gray Jr. will now see quite a bit more action at his more natural defensive position in center field. Hopefully, this will translate to more comfort at the plate as well - a walk tonight and a one of three overall line with a run is momentum continuing Antonio Pinero with two balls struck at over 100 mph tonight including a well-hit home run smash over the wall in left field. It's nice to see Antonio experience success at the plate given we know he'll be solid in the field. Micah Bello, in his Timber Rattlers debut, hit a two-run double in the six run fifth. Congratulations, Micah! We're all hoping your hard work pays off in High-A. Tristan got the nod in the lead off spot tonight, however, it should be noted, manager Joe Ayrault is mixing the lead-off position for now (in post-game podcast) especially with the continued injuries keeping Black and Martinez on the proverbial shelf. I anticipate we'll see various players filling that role - unless, of course, Tristan gets red hot and shows he's a natural. You'll notice Shook and Lazar are a current pitching tandem for the Timber Rattlers. Tonight it was Shook with the starting nod but, when they last appeared, it was Lazar with the start and Shook out of the Pen. This will most likely continue throughout the season. Biloxi Pre-Game Media Notes via the Shuckers' Virtual Press Box Final: Montgomery (Rays) 3, Biloxi 2 Box Score / Game Log Via the Shuckers' site, game details, please review: Biscuits Walk Off Shuckers in Series Opener - Wiemer Homers, Mitchell Drives in Run in Ninth It had the makings of a sneaky road victory in Montgomery. Garrett Mitchell had knocked in the suddenly heating up Freddy Zamora (lead off double) on a line drive single to center field. The Shuckers were hoping Lucas Erceg could hold on to the victory. Leading 2-1, the game was tied on an opposite field home run to left after three pitches with a fairly questionable 2-0 count. And, three singles later (the latter a game-ending line drive to deep left center with the outfield in) the game was over - Montgomery's first walk off victory of the season. And, with that, your Joey Wiemer moment of Zen (4th home run of the season): The Shuckers really had nothing doing offensively after Joey tied it up with the above solo shot - the bottom of the order continues to struggle mightily. However, with fantastic pitching through eight complete, they nearly grabbed victory from the jaws of a pitching duel: Further Viewing Notes: 30 year old Minor League journeyman, Tyler Herb, is dealing for the Shuckers right now. This is back-to-back fantastic outings. Facing a Montgomery line-up loaded with left-handed bats, he kept hitters off-balance all night with a fantastic slider and a timely changeup. It's a real shame he wasn't in line for a victory but, at present, he gives his team a shot every outing. You can't ask for more than that. Harold Chirino continued his fantastic work out of the bullpen for the Shuckers. He is a fun pitcher to watch as he is efficient, fast-working, and knows how to pound the zone and keep hitters off balance as he matures and fine-tunes his arsenal. Given his solid track record previous this promotion to Double-A, I would propose he deserves more chatter if this keeps up. After tonight's 1 1/3 innings of no hit, no run, three strikeout ball, Harold has 11 1/3 innings of one run, eight hits, four walks, and ten strikeouts on the season. He's holding batters to a 0.205 combined batting average with a mere 1.05 WHIP. He has been quite good and deserving of mention. It was awfully nice to see the continued comfort for Freddy Zamora at the plate tonight. You could see it early, as he missed a home run down the left field line by mere feet past the foul pole before hitting the crucial double in the ninth (2 of 4 overall on the evening). He also made two stellar defensive plays early - snagging a looping liner and sprinting deep into the outfield to slide and scoop a very odd carom off the left field wall preventing a runner from advancing to third. However, in 22 games we now have ten errors. A throwing error on a high chopper could have proven costly as it put a runner on with two down. The ensuing batter walked. You get the point. I really hope Lucas Erceg can develop some type of off-speed 'something' with staying power. When he's on, he can touch 98 maybe 99 on the gun. But, if he can't set that up or keep batters on their heels, he's going to have trouble like he did tonight. The Montgomery hitters were sitting and waiting for something over the heart of the plate. We've seen mixed results for the young hurler through 22 games. Tonight's blown save, his second blown save in three opportunities, had to hurt. Sal Frelick debuted 0-4 with a strikeout. He made some decent contact in a couple at bats, but all in all it was a quiet debut. Though the results weren't there, it was quite nice to see Felix Valerio back in the lineup. His timing appeared just a bit off but that has to be expected after a brief spell out of the line up. Here's to future hot streaks for Felix! The Shuckers are a more enjoyable watch when he's got the jersey on. I miss Abner Uribe. His injury is an early 2022 lowlight for me as he's one of my favorite pitching prospects in the entire system. Get well soon, Abner! Nashville Pre-Game Media Notes Final: Norfolk (Orioles) 7, Nashville 4 Box Score / Game Log Via the Sounds' site, game details, please visit and review: Tides Rally to Stun Sounds in Series Opener - Nashville falls to 16-8 with Loss in Series Opener Nashville nearly grabbed a big league victory, but when you fail to score a run from the third inning onward you are leaving quite a bit of stress on your pitching staff. In uncharacteristic fashion, the late work of Jason Alexander and Peter Strzelecki gave away the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning. For a staff who have collectively pitched as strong as they have, we'll toss this one up to 'natural wear and tear'. It was a Jon Singleton OBP Party. <Deal With It Gif goes here> Jon became only the second Sounds player in 2022 to earn three walks in a single game. He also added a blooping hook single down the left field line and scored a run. Careful rounding first, big fella, they almost snuck a tag on you there! The Sounds went with Luis Perdomo as a bullpen opener today. Typical starter Jason Alexander took over in the fourth inning and, by the beginning of the 7th, Alexander had a mere 53 pitches with one down. The Sounds have so many ways they can pitch to you and we are seeing more Perdomo bullpen openers in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't work out late tonight but a poor result has been the exception to the rule through 24 games in Nashville. Brice Turang pulled out a hit late to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Congrats Brice, this is quite the tear you are on! For those counting at home, Brice is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with eight runs, five doubles, two home runs, ten RBI and five walks during the streak. Red hot! Hey a Zach Brown sighting! 1/3 inning pitched and now a fresh total of 4 1/3 innings pitched on the year. He relieved Perdomo in the third and got the fly out to Dahl in right field. Weston Wilson continues to do Weston Wilson things. One of three with two rbi's on the evening... ...and stellar glove work at third base. He and Jackson were a part of a fantastic throw out at third base as runners attempted to advance on an Alexander wild pitch. Jackson got an incredible bounce off the brick wall behind home plate but I still have no idea how he threw the runner out other than: Oh right, cannon for an arm. I swear, before he threw the ball, the runner was a mere 8-10 feet from third base. A truly beautiful bang-bang play. That's a wrap for our Tuesday slate of games here on May 3rd. Some wonderful results in the Low and High-A levels. Some frustrating tough losses at Double and Triple-A. Here's hoping for some fantastic baseball Wednesday. Take a look at what's in store - the Shuckers game in Montgomery begins at 11:00 AM Central should you choose to listen in to the Biloxi call in the office or elsewhere: 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
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