Milwaukee Brewers Minors: Shuckers, Mudcats Dig the Long Ball
By Matt Carroll
Only two Milwaukee Brewers affiliates were in action on Monday, both picking up wins. Like their parent club, they relied heavily on homers to get the jobs done.
The San Antonio Missions (36-22) had an off day on Monday.
They begin a stretch of eight straight games on the road with a three-game set against the Salt Lake Bees (26-30) on Tuesday night.
Biloxi Shuckers (33-24) vs Mississippi Braves (25-30)
Johan Belisario remained perfect on the year, increasing his record to 5-0 while combining with Cody Ponce and Luke Barker to hold the Braves to just five hits in a 3-0 shutout on Monday.
Belisario gave up just three hits and a walk over six innings and struck out six. Ponce struck out three and gave up two hits in his two innings of work, and Barker struck out two in a hitless ninth inning in picking up his fourth save. Barker hasn’t given up a run in his last 11 appearances, has given up runs in only 2 of 19 games overall, and lowered his ERA to 1.40.
Trent Grisham and Jake Gatewood provided all the offense for the Shuckers in the third inning. With Luis Aviles Jr. on base and one out, Grisham drove a pitch to right for his 10th home run of the year, tying him with Weston Wilson for the team lead and giving the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate a 2-0 lead. Gatewood took the very next pitch out of the park to left, his fourth, to go back-to-back and complete the scoring for the day.
Grisham added three walks to go along with his homer for the day. Joantgel Segovia had quite the day as well, hitting two singles and a double to go 3-for-4 with a steal. Aviles added his 14 stolen base of the year to increase his team lead.
Class A Advanced
Carolina Mudcats (32-25) vs Frederick Keys (28-28)
Mario Feliciano had a day, punching out two homers in his first two plate appearances en route to a 7-4 victory. Feliciano added a single in his third at bat and finished 3-of-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The two homers give him eleven so far, the first Mudcat in double figures on the year.
Feliciano’s second home run put the Mudcats up 3-2, a lead they would not give up. Eddie Silva added a solo homer of his own, his fourth of the year, to push the lead to 4-2 and finished 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
Down 7-2 in the ninth, the Keys scored two and attempted to stage a rally, but Clayton Andrews came in and shut the door to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Payton Henry and Rob Henry had two hits apiece. Payton scored twice while Rob scored once and had an RBI. Nelson Hernandez was solid in picking up his sixth win of the year, giving up just two runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out six.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (26-29) were also off on Monday.
The Milwaukee Brewers Single-A affiliate will play a quick three games on the road starting Tuesday against the Kane County Cougars (30-26) before returning home for the weekend.