It was a good day down on the farm for the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system. All four teams were able to secure wins, though it took two of the teams extra innings to do so.
San Antonio Missions (22-17) vs New Orleans Baby Cakes (20-19)
Nate Orf cleared the bases with a three-run double in the fourth inning to open the scoring and the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate forced a series split with the Baby Cakes after pulling off a 5-2 win on Tuesday.
Orf’s double was the first hit of a 2-for-3 day that also saw him walk, steal a base, and score a run. Mauricio Dubon knocked in the other two Missions runs on a two-out, two-run single in the seventh. He finished 2-for-5 on the day.
Aaron Wilkerson was effective again in his second game back from injury, going 4 1/3 innings and giving up just four hits and a run off a solo home run. Donnie Hart picked up the win with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts. Jake Petricka picked up his first save for San Antonio with his own scoreless, two-strikeout inning.
Biloxi Shuckers (19-20) vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (14-25)
Both teams battled and held each other scoreless until the game reached extra innings. But it was the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate that broke through first in the top of the tenth and ultimately held off the Jumbo Shrimp to win 2-1.
Starting with a runner on second per minor league rules, the Shuckers immediately received a gift as a wild pitch moved Dillon Thomas to third. Weston Wilson finally broke the dam for Biloxi with a run-scoring single shortly thereafter. He scored the needed insurance run a couple batters later due to a throwing error by the pitcher on Bruce Caldwell’s attempted sacrifice bunt. Luke Barker gave up a run in the bottom half of the inning, but eventually held on for the save.
Recently promoted Drew Rasmussen shined in his second start as a Shucker, going four scoreless innings and giving up just two hits while adding a strikeout. The Shuckers overcame 16 strikeouts in order to pull off the win.
Class A Advanced
Carolina Mudcats (23-15) vs Lynchburg Hillcats (18-18)
The Mudcats also were scoreless going into extra innings. It took a couple tries, but Carolina eventually prevailed, winning 3-1 after 11 innings.
Carolina scored first on a bases loaded walk by Rob Henry that scored Eddie Silva. That was all they could muster though and the Hillcats tied it in the bottom half to send the game to the 11th. Pat McInerney singled home a run and then later scored on an error to give the Mudcats a lead that they would not relinquish.
Matt Smith and Christian Taugner combined to hold the Hillcats scoreless over the first nine innings of the game, giving up just three hits and striking out five between the two of them. Tristen Lutz went 2-for-5 to push his hitting streak to seven games.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (16-18) vs Kane County Cougars (21-16)
The Milwaukee Brewers Class-A affiliate continued continued their hot hitting against Kane County, piling up nine runs and 12 hits on Tuesday in cruising to a 9-2 victory over the Cougars.
Brice Turang bookended the Timber Rattlers’ scoring for the day with a sacrifice fly in the third inning to start the scoring and adding a two-run homer in the sixth, his first as a Timber Rattler. Turang finished 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs. Turang has now reached safely in nine straight games, raised his average to .296 and his OPS to .813.
Jesus Lujano went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and scored two runs, while Brent Diaz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Adam Hill picked up his second straight win with a solid outing, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up just a run on two hits with four strikeouts, though he did walk four.