Milwaukee Brewers Minors: Missions win Nelson’s latest outing
The games on Thursday were up and down for the Milwaukee Brewers affiliates as they went 2-2.
San Antonio Missions (28-19) vs. Round Rock Express (27-19)
The Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate hit the cover off the ball on Friday winning 11-6, but Jimmy Nelson was the story in his latest rehab start as he tries to get back to the Major Leagues.
Missions off accounted for 15 hits, including a two-run home run for Tyrone Taylor and two home runs for Cory Spangenberg. The duo combined to go 5-9 with six RBIs and scoring five times. Tyler Saladino also drove in three runs and scored twice as he went 3-for-5. Nate Orf and Mauricio Dubon each collected two hits and scored in the game.
Nelson looked great for the first four innings, but in the fifth he gave up four runs to Round Rock before exiting. Jake Petricka finished out the inning and came back to pitch the sixth to earn the win.
Even with being pulled in the fifth, Nelson pitched 87 pitches, 52 for strikes and did have six strike outs to just three walks. In his three appearances with San Antonio he is 2-0 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.12 WHIP
Biloxi Shuckers (25-22) vs. Mobile Bay Bears (19-27)
Hitting was contagious in Biloxi to as the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate had 14 hits and scored 11 runs in their victory over the Bay Bears.
The Shuckers started the game hot, scoring four in the first inning, followed by a three-run home run for Luis Aviles Jr. in the fourth inning and a solo shot for Jake Gatewood in the sixth.
Dillon Thomas also had a great day reaching base five times. He went 3-for-3 with a double, scored three runs, drove in a run and walked twice.
Michael O’Neill, Patrick Leonard, and C.J. Hinosoja each had two hits a piece. Hinosoja drove in two runs as did Cooper Hummel on his only hit in the game.
Johan Belisario got his fourth win of the season, going five innings with six strike outs. He has a 2.80 ERA on the season with a 0.99 WHIP. Marcos Diplan, Cody Ponce, and Aaron Kurcz were great out of the bullpen pitching four scoreless innings.
Class A Advanced
Carolina Mudcats (28-18) vs. Lynchburg Hillcats (22-22)
The Mudcats had nine hits but just couldn’t get runs across the board as the dropped game three to the Hillcats 5-2.
Pat McInerney drove in one run on a solo home run in the ninth inning. The next run came on a Wes Rogers sacrifice fly that scored Eddie Silva before the final two outs of the game.
Joantgel Segovia had two hits and walked once. He is leading the team with a .304 average and has an .835 OPS. Rob Henry also had two hits in the contest.
Nelson Hernandez picked up the loss to fall to 5-2 on the season. He allowed all five runs against the Hillcats.
Wisconsin TimberRattlers (21-24) vs. Peoria Chiefs (20-26)
Unlike the Mudcats the Rattlers didn’t need a lot of hits to get five runs in but it just wasn’t enough as the dropped the series finale against the Chiefs.
Leugim Castillo had three hits, including a double and drove in two runs, while Yeison Coca has a triple and Brice Turang had a double and scored runs.
Reese Olson picked up the loss after pitching just two innings and giving up five runs.
The Rattlers travel to Iowa to face off against the Quad City River Bandits next.