It was a quiet night offensively down on the farm on Monday with the Milwaukee Brewers affiliates scoring just 12 runs combined between the top five teams. One team, though, pulled out some extra-inning theatrics.
San Antonio Missions (51-33) vs Iowa Cubs (48-36)
The Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate fell into a hole early and just couldn’t quite dig out as they dropped their contest to the Cubs 5-3 on Monday. San Antonio had just five hits and struck out 12 times. Bubba Derby gave up six hits, three walks, and three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in dropping his record to 3-5.
Down 2-0 in the third inning, Trent Grisham continued his hot hitting with an run-scoring single to cut the deficit in half. After Iowa scored three more times, Grisham pushed another run through when he reached on a throwing error in the eighth, scoring Jacob Nottingham. San Antonio rallied for one more in the ninth when Troy Stokes Jr. reached on a walk and a wild pitch on the play scored Nate Orf. However strikeouts by Nottingham and Blake Allemand ended the rally.
Travis Shaw had a single and two strikeouts in his first game with the Missions since being demoted. Allemand and Mauricio Dubon each had singles as well. Derby helped his own cause with a double in the third and was later knocked in by Grisham.
Biloxi Shuckers (46-36) vs Mobile BayBears (32-48)
Michael O’Neill saved the day for the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate on Monday. His RBI-single in the bottom of the eighth tied the game for Biloxi and another RBI-single in the 11th made them walk off winners, securing a 4-3 win over the BayBears. Devin Williams, who was recently named a participant in the MLB Futures Game, pitched a scoreless top of the 11th to improve his record to 7-2.
Bruce Caldwell started the scoring for the Shuckers. His solo homer in the third inning, his fifth, put Biloxi up 1-0 and his sacrifice fly in the fifth which scored Weston Wilson pushed the lead to two. Both he and O’Neill finished 2-for-4. Dillon Thomas finished 2-for-5 and scored two runs, both coming on O’Neill’s RBI hits.
Alec Bettinger started and drew a no decision, going six innings and giving up three runs with just one of them earned, though he did strike out six batters. But the bullpen was on lockdown this game. Williams combined with Cody Ponce, Tyler Spurlin, and Nate Griep to give up just three hits over five scoreless innings while striking out seven.
Class A Advanced
Carolina Mudcats (45-36) vs Myrtle Beach Pelicans (27-52)
Trever Morrison had an RBI-double in the second and finished 2-for-4 on the day, but that was the only run the Milwaukee Brewers High-A affiliate could manage in a 4-1 loss to the Pelicans on Monday. Eddie Silva scored on Morrison’s double and finished the day 2 for 2.
Aaron Ashby had his shortest outing as a Mudcat so far, throwing four innings and giving up three runs, two earned, and just two hits but walking five batters. He took the loss and dropped his record to 1-2 with Carolina. Payton Henry and Ryan Aguilar each had a single with Henry adding a walk as well.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (39-41) vs Beloit Snappers (29-49)
Brice Turang hit his second homer of the year, a solo shot in the sixth to tie the game at two, but the Snappers pushed a run across in the eighth and held on in the ninth to hand the Timber Rattlers a 3-2 loss on Monday. Turang reached base all four times he came to plate, adding a triple and two walks and scoring both of Wisconsin’s runs.
Yeison Coca knocked in Turang with an RBI-single in the first for Wisconsin’s first run and gave them the lead until Beloit put up two runs in the fifth. Gabriel Garcia and Korry Howell had the only other two Timber Rattler hits, also singles.
Max Lazar pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his return to Wisconsin, earning a no decision and dropping his ERA to 1.42 on the year with the team. He has not given up more than two earned run in any of his eight appearances as a Timber Rattler.
Rocky Mountain Vibes (7-9) vs Grand Junction Rockies (8-8)
Michele Vassalotti pitched a gem, giving up just two hits and striking out four over seven scoreless innings and propelling the Vibes to a 2-0 shutout win on Monday. Joel Pinto pitched the final two innings to complete the shutout, picking up his second save.
Luis Avalo‘s second home run of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that scored Jose Sibrian was all the offense that the Vibes needed. Micah Bello had a double to increase his on-base streak to eight consecutive games.