While all eyes in Wisconsin were on the Green Bay Packers preseason game, many Biloxi Shuckers impressed in the Shuckers’ victory, their 66th of the season. Here is a look at five takeaways from the Shuckers’ 6-5 win.
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Adrian Houser Impresses
The Brewers got a haul in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade. Not only did they get the big names Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, but pitchers Josh Hader and Adrian Houser look to have big parts of the future as well. With a strong six inning start tonight, Houser lowered his Southern League ERA to 3.18 and as the game went on he continued to improve as he struck out the side in the sixth inning. He continued to show impressive command of the zone by tying a career high with eight strikeouts and again walking zero batters as he picked up his first win in the Brewers’ organization.
Brett Phillips Shines at the Top
Phillips early struggles were very short-lived because he is on fire now. After just missing the cycle on Wednesday night, Phillips went two for four tonight with a walk and a ripping double. With a .318 batting average, each time he comes to the plate he is becoming must watch.
Orlando Arcia Delivers in the Clutch
After Houser walked to start a rally and Phillips double, Arcia delivered in a big way to spark the Shuckers rally in the fifth. Arcia laced a ball into the gap to drive in both. Later he came in to score on a wild pitch to tie the game. With another multi-hit night tonight, he now has 39 multi-hit games on the year. As one of the best prospects in all of baseball, he will be a mainstay at the top of the Brewers order for a long time.
Nick Ramirez‘s Second Swoon Continues
During the first half of the season, Ramirez was the biggest Shuckers’ power bat, but he has gone ice cold since the break. Heading into tonight’s game, Ramirez was batting just .189 since the all-star game with just four home runs. Once with an average near .300, this slump has brought him down near .250. While he walked twice today, he was again hitless. At 26 years old in his second year in AA, things are looking rough for the Shuckers’ first baseman.
Yhonathan Barrios Remains Perfect
Many were upset about the return in the Aramis Ramirez trade, but each time Barrios has pitched he has showed why he has such promise. Tonight he gave up a walk and a single, but was able to strike out a batter in his scoreless eighth inning. In his seven outings he has eight strikeouts, two walks and he has yet to allow a run. With a blazing fastball and an arm that has just started pitching, he could have a big future in the Brewers bullpen.