Aaron Ashby hasn’t lost his stride since being promoted to High-A Carolina. His performance and two comebacks led Minor League action for the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
San Antonio Missions (47-27) vs Omaha Storm Chasers (35-39)
The Missions offense finally came back to earth on Friday and the Storm Chasers capitalized, scoring four times early and handing San Antonio a 4-3 loss. Bubba Derby gave up all four runs and dropped to 3-4 on the year. The loss snapped the Missions’ seven-game winning streak.
David Freitas opened the scoring with an RBI-single in the first. Omaha scored four times in the second and third to take the lead, but a Nate Orf solo homer and another RBI-single by Freitas pulled the Missions back within one. The Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate would put runners on first and second in both the seventh and eighth innings but never were able to finish the comeback.
Milwaukee Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura scored on both of Freitas’s run-scoring singles, finishing 1-for-3 and getting hit by a pitch. Cory Spangenberg finished 2-for-4 with a walk while Tyler Saladino reached base four times, going 2-for-4 with two walks. Luke Barker pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his Missions debut.
Biloxi Shuckers (42-30) vs Mississippi Braves (34-37)
Patrick Leonard clubbed a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth and Devin Williams shut the door in the ninth for his first save as the Shuckers came back to win 4-2 over the Braves on Friday. Leonard finished 1-for-2 with two walks on the day.
Dillon Thomas hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to knock in the other Biloxi run. Luis Aviles Jr., C.J. Hinojosa, and Michael O’Neill all had a hit and scored a run in the game. Aviles Jr. also stole two bases, increasing his total for the year to 23 and tying him for the league lead.
Alec Bettinger turned in a solid performance but earned a no decision, pitching six innings and giving up seven hits and two runs, one earned, with five strikeouts. Marcos Diplan threw two scoreless innings and picked up his first win in relief.
Class A Advanced
Carolina Mudcats (40-31) vs Potomac Nationals (31-38)
Aaron Ashby continued his domination at the High-A level, giving up just four hits and three walks over 7 1/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and leading the Mudcats to a 6-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday. Ashby picked up his first win and hasn’t given up a run so far in his two appearances as a Mudcat.
The Milwaukee Brewers High-A affiliate picked up two unearned runs in the first to jump out to an early lead as Mario Feliciano reached on an error which scored Wes Rogers and Ryan Aguilar. A Devin Hairston RBI-single and a sacrifice fly by Aguilar pushed the lead to 4-0 in the eighth.
The Mudcats tacked on two more runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Eddie Silva and another RBI-single by Hairston. The Nationals did pick up a couple runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Clayton Andrews finished the job and earned his tenth save in the process.
Six different players scored each of the six Carolina runs while seven players contributed to the team’s 11 hits in the game, led by Rogers, Hairston, Rob Henry, and Julio Garcia who all had two apiece.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (33-38) vs Clinton LumberKings (33-38)
Brent Diaz hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to put the Timber Rattlers on top for the first time and the LumberKings had no final answer as the Milwaukee Brewers Single-A affiliate rallied for a 4-3 win on Friday. Freisis Adames pitched four innings of no-hit, shutout ball to end the game and improve his record to 2-0.
After Clinton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, David Fry‘s tenth homer of the year, a solo shot in the bottom of the first cut the lead in half. Diaz walked with the bases loaded in the next inning to tie it up. The LumberKings jumped back up by one in the top of the fourth before Yeison Coca tied it again on an RBI-triple in the bottom of the inning, setting up Diaz’s late-game heroics.
Brice Turang was among six Timber Rattlers to finish 1-for-4 on the night and he also added his team-leading 16th stolen base. Connor McVey finished 2-for-2 with a walk and scored two runs. Fry’s team-leading tenth home run makes him the first on the team to reach double figures.
Rocky Mountain Vibes (4-3) vs Grand Junction Rockies (3-4)
The Vibes were the only one of the Milwaukee Brewers affiliates to earn a loss on Friday, falling behind early in a 8-5 loss to the Rockies in their inaugural home game at Security Service Field.
2019 draftee Michael Wilson added his second home run of his career with a solo jack in the fourth inning to put the Vibes on the board. Antonio Pinero added to the Vibes’ total with a run-scoring single in the sixth. A two-run double by 2017 fifth-rounder Nick Egnatuk and an RBI-double by Edwin Sano in the seventh rounded out the Rocky Mountain scoring for the day.
Sano and Bryan Torres each finished 3-for-4 on the day with Torres also scoring a run. With those hits, Torres is currently on a six-game hitting streak and is batting .565 on the year.