A few familiar faces made appearances across the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system over the last few days, while one pitcher just missed out on a historic outing on Thursday.
San Antonio Missions (34-21)
The Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate finished up their series against the Memphis Redbirds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The team didn’t slow down in winning both games to sweep the entire six-game series. Thursday’s game against Omaha Storm Chasers produced different results.
San Antonio turned in a masterful performance on Tuesday, pulling off an 8-0 shutout of Memphis. Every Missions starter had at least one hit, led by Nate Orf, 4-for-5 with two runs scored, and recently promoted Michael O’Neill who went 3-for-5, with one run and one RBI. Bubba Derby was solid, going six shutout, three-hit innings with five strikeouts and a walk to earn his first win of the year.
Wednesday’s game was much closer, but San Antonio pulled off a 3-2 win to complete the series sweep. Milwaukee Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson gave up just one unearned run over five innings while adding seven strikeouts in his first start since being officially assigned to the Missions from the Injured List. A three-run third inning, featuring RBI hits by Mauricio Dubon and Tyler Saladino as well as a sacrifice fly by Cory Spangenberg, was all the Missions ended up needing to secure the win.
San Antonio’s six-game winning streak came to an end on Thursday as they fell 3-2 in their series opener against Omaha. Troy Stokes Jr. bashed his fifth home run of the year to score the Missions’ first run while Spangenberg scored on an error for the other one. Milwaukee Brewer third baseman Travis Shaw had a hit and two walks after sitting out Wednesday’s contest.
Biloxi Shuckers (30-23) vs Tennessee Smokies (26-26)
The Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate are one game from a series win after taking two of the first three games against the Smokies.
Biloxi led wire to wire in earning a 7-1 win over Tennessee on Tuesday. Alec Bettinger pitched six strong shutout innings with six strikeouts to earn his second win on the year. Trent Grisham and Dillon Thomas had two hits and two RBI apiece.
The Shuckers saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday in a tough 2-1 loss to the Smokies. Johan Belisario did what he could in giving up just a run in six innings, though he did give up seven hits and two walks. Max McDowell was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day, but that accounted for half of the team’s six hits.
On Thursday, Trey Supak fell just short of history, giving up a two-out double to lose a no-hitter in the ninth inning of a 3-0 win. He was lifted for a relief pitcher immediately after, leaving him with an incredible line for the night – 8 2/3 innings, one hit, no walks, and four strikeouts. Louis Aviles Jr., Patrick Leonard, and Weston Wilson all had an RBI apiece in the win.
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Carolina Mudcats (29-24) vs Winston-Salem Dash (29-23)
The Mudcats find themselves needing to win the next two games to salvage a series tie against the Dash after losing the first two games of the series.
The Milwaukee Brewers High-A team had a day off on Tuesday, but unfortunately couldn’t use that to stop their losing streak, falling 9-1 to Winston-Salem in the opening game of their series on Wednesday. Nelson Hernandez gave up five runs over 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Wes Rogers had a fine day going 3-for-3, stealing two bases, and scoring the team’s only run of the game. However, the rest of the team was only able to muster two more hits.
The Mudcats ran their losing streak to a season-high five games in a 10-5 loss to the Dash on Thursday. Carolina tied the game 2-2 in the fifth, but gave up six runs in the bottom frame and couldn’t come back from the deficit. Rogers had another strong game going 3-for-4 with his second home run of the year. Eddie Silva added his third of the year and also had three RBIs.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (25-27) vs Clinton LumberKings (26-26)
After scoring just 11 runs in their last four-game series, the Timber Rattlers brought plenty of offense the last three days, scoring 27 times in their three-game sweep of the LumberKings.
The Milwaukee Brewers Class-A affiliate started the series off strong with a 7-1 win over Clinton on Tuesday. Gabriel Garcia led the team in hits with a 3-for-3 day, also scoring a run. Brice Turang went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Three of Wisconsin’s seven runs on the day were unearned.
The Timber Rattlers nearly doubled their offensive output the next day in a back-and-forth affair, coming out on top 13-11 over the LumberKings on Wednesday. David Fry added two more doubles to his league-leading total and collected two runs and two RBI as well. Five other Timber Rattlers batters had at least two hits and five other batters also scored at least two runs. Milwaukee Brewers catcher Manny Pina had his first hit with Wisconsin in his second rehab start, finishing 1 for 2 with an RBI as well as being hit by a pitch.
Wisconsin completed their sweep on Thursday night, scoring all their runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 7-5 victory. Turang was solid again, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored, and a stolen base. The 19-year-old now has hits in 18 of his last 19 games. Pina had another two hits as the Brewers announced on Thursday that he will be called up to the big league club this weekend.