Milwaukee Brewers Minors: Affiliates Pick Up a Trio of Wins
By Matt Carroll
Three of the Milwaukee Brewers’ four minor league affiliates picked up wins on Saturday night, one via dramatic walkoff. Meanwhile, a former Brewer starter took another step in his recovery from injury.
San Antonio Missions (21-15) vs New Orleans Baby Cakes (18-18)
Jacob Nottingham had a bases loaded walk in the second inning and a solo homer in the fifth to lead the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate to a 5-3 victory over the Baby Cakes. Corey Ray, who recently returned from the injured list, added a 3-run homer in the second inning to put the Missions on top for good.
Much of the focus, however, was on Milwaukee Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, who was making his second start for San Antonio. Nelson went 5 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs while striking out five and walking just one. Though he gave up two solo home runs in the first inning, the increase in innings worked is a positive sign for the organization moving forward.
Biloxi Shuckers (13-23) vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (17-19)
The Shuckers lost in walk off fashion in the bottom of the ninth 2-1 to the Jumbo Shrimp. Alec Bettinger pitched seven strong innings in the loss, giving up just one run on a solo home run with five strikeouts.
Weston Wilson continued his strong campaign with a solo home run in the 2nd inning for to account for the only Shuckers run in the game. Trent Grisham and Patrick Leonard had two hits apiece.
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Carolina Mudcats (21-14) vs Myrtle Beach Pelicans (12-24)
Mario Feliciano played the hero on Saturday hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning, only to best that with a three-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the night to lead the Mudcats to a walk off 9-7 victory. He finished the night 3-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBIs.
Tristen Lutz had a strong game himself going 2-for-4 with four two RBI and four runs scored while knocking out a solo home run in the opening inning. Rodrigo Benoit picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning, dropping his ERA to 0.69.
Wisconsin TimberRattlers (15-18) vs Lake County Captains (19-15)
Gabriel Garcia‘s single in the bottom of the 7th inning put the TimberRattlers ahead for good in a 4-2 win over the Captains on Saturday.
Max Lazar picked up the win by pitching the final four innings and giving up just three hits and zero runs with eight strikeouts and no walks. Connor McVey added an insurance run in the eighth to add to a 3-for-5 night and an RBI out of the lead off spot.