Milwaukee Brewers: Biloxi Shuckers Week 15 – Wang Takes Perfect Game Into 5th Inning

The Biloxi Shuckers had a 5-game losing streak going, but Wei-Chung Wang pitched a gem to get the team back on their feet.

Wei-Chung Wang had quite an impressive start to the season as he only gave up more than 4 ERs in his first 9 starts. In Week 7, he was transferred to Helena for a bit until and when he came back after about 3 weeks, he gave up 8 ERs in 5 IP and his ERA went all the way up to 4.61. Since then, Wang seems to have settled down as 4 ERs is the highest he’s given up in a start and his ERA is down to 3.61. The Biloxi Shuckers only have produced 10 runs total this past week, so the starting pitchers have had to play at the top level to get a win.

With players like Brett Phillips having his struggles, yet ending a hitless streak this week, the Biloxi Shuckers hope to get something going as they went just 1-6. With Brandon Woodruff pitching tonight, they will try to get back on their feet in Week 16 as they’re 10-19 in the 2nd half and 6 games back behind the Mississippi Braves (ATL). So, let’s take a look at who made some highlights for the AA Milwaukee Brewers farm system team this past week.

Top 3 hitters

OF Brett Phillips

.230/.325/.422 / 12 HRs/42 RBIs / 11.5 BB%/31.5 K%

Before Friday’s game, The Shuck Dynasty pointed out Phillips was 0-28, but he went 3-5 including a HR and 2 RBIs. His .224/.324/.424 batting line before Friday’s game was the lowest it had been all season, so he was in need of a bounce back game to end the streak. It ended at a good time to give Wang a win in the 3-2 game.

3B Garrett Cooper

.303/.354/.424 / 4 HRs/49 RBIs / 6.3 BB%/17.2 K%

Even when the offense is very quiet, Cooper seems to keep on hitting. He had 6 TBs, mostly from yesterday’s 4-4 which included 2 RBIs. You can pick and choose his advanced stats and all seem to be above average (.353 wOBA, 121 wRC+, etc.).

CF Tyrone Taylor

.238/.304/.332 / 6 HRs/23 RBIs / 6.4 BB%/15.3 K%

It was difficult to choose a 3rd hitter as they were in such a slump, it was like taking a name out of a hat. But, after an impressive hitting streak to start the 2nd half, Taylor cooled down a bit. This past week he did have 4 hits and an RBI to get his AVG to stay close to .240. He wasn’t in so much of a big slump like Phillips, but seeing him stay steady after having 1 hit in 6 games is a good sign. Baseball America took him out of the top 10 in their mid-season prospect update.

Top 3 pitchers

SP Wei-Chung Wang

97.1 IP / 3.61 ERA / 3.39 FIP

Wang took a perfect game into the 5th inning as he went 6.1 IP with 1 ER, 1 BB, and 9 Ks. The 9 Ks is the most he’s had this season as it’s tied with a start on June 25th. He’s getting close to the most Ks he’s had in a season as he had 91 in A+ last year and is currently at 82.

RP Stephen Kohlscheen

35 IP / 2.31 ERA / 2.29 FIP

Kohlscheen earned his 11th save after Wang’s impressive start. In his last 4 appearances, he’s gone 4.1 IP, 10 Ks, and 3 BBs. The Biloxi Shuckers hope to give him more opportunities to save games next week as he’s getting back to his AA days with the Seattle Mariners where he’s averaging over 11 Ks per inning.

RP Tristan Archer

59 IP / 3.20 ERA / 2.59 FIP

Archer doesn’t want people to forget he was a Southern League All-Star too. He’s given up 1 ER in his past 19.2 IP including this past Thursday where he went 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks. Before his last 10 appearances, his ERA was at 4.58, but has dropped down all the way to 3.20. He rarely gives batters opportunities as he has a 0.92 BB/9.

Other Notes

2B Javier Betancourt was placed the on DL after a 9-game hitting streak. SP Brandon Woodruff is back from the temporary inactive list as he makes his first start since July 13th tonight.

All stats via FanGraphs or MiLB

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