Milwaukee Brewers Minors: Missions keep winning
With so much going on in the minor leagues and not enough time each day to highlight it, we are giving you a weekly review of the Milwaukee Brewers minor league affiliates. Here is your review for the week of July 8-14.
San Antonio Missions (58-36)
1st in PCL, American Southern
There has been a lot of movement between the San Antonio Missions and the Milwaukee Brewers this last week, but Triple-A affiliate went 4-0 this week and beat up the Omaha Stormchasers.
Let’s start with the pitching, former major league starter Drew Smyly got his first win in the Milwaukee Brewers organization by going five innings on Thursday. His line was stellar, giving up two runs on three hits with three strike outs.
Also pickup their first win in Triple-A was Angel Perdomo, who picked up the win on Friday night after going 2 1/3 innings with five strike outs. Taylor Williams picked up the save, his fourth of the season.
On Saturday, Thomas Jankins captured his ninth win of the season and continues to be the ace for the Missions.
Offensively the Missions dominated scoring an average of nine runs a game during the series. Travis Shaw went 6-for-13 in the series and is hitting .323 in July for San Antonio. Trent Grisham also had six hits in series including a four hit Sunday that included two home runs and four RBIs.
Cory Spangenberg has been hot in July, hitting .341 with 14 hits, three home runs and four doubles and a triple. Spangenberg continues to produce this season at Triple-A, now hitting .311 in 82 games.
This week the Missions welcome Nashville to Nelson Wolff Stadium for four games.
Biloxi Shuckers (52-39)
2nd in Southern League South
1st half division winners
The Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate went 4-1 during the week, with the chance to go 5-1 after a game got postponed by weather.
Trey Supak got his ninth win of the season going seven innings against the Mississippi. He was electric (as usual) with seven strike outs. He now has 76 strikeouts this season.
Johan Belisario after a tough outing in Triple A, picked up his eighth win of the season in Biloxi. He has a 2.57 ERA while the 25 year old continues to look good in Double-A.
Speaking of guys looking good, Drew Rasmussen looked good in his appearance this week. He went three innings with four K’s. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last four outings and has 15 strike outs in that time.
Since coming off the injured list, Corey Ray has pounded Double-A pitching, hitting .444 with four hits. The Milwaukee Brewers second ranked prospect is trying to work his way back to San Antonio and put this injury plagued season behind him.
Patrick Leonard continued his great season last week, going 7-for-11 with a double, triple and home run. He is hitting .351 in his last 10 and .312 this season.
The Shuckers will finish up their series with the Lookouts before heading to Mobile to play the BayBears.
Class A Advanced
Carolina Mudcats (52-42)
3rd in the Carolina League South
3.0 behind Down East
It was a tough week for the Mudcats. The Milwaukee Brewers High-A affiliate went 2-4 against Lynchburg, Frederick and Wilmington.
It’s been a slow start for Brice Turang in Carolina, but did get his first hit on Wednesday the 10th in a loss against the Keys. He is currently 1-for-22 in Carolina but we are all cheering for him to get it going.
Ryan Aguilar has been good in his last 10 games with 12 hits including seven last week. He was 2-3 with two runs against the Hillcats last Tuesday in the 13-2 win. The Henry boys, Rob and Payton looked good in the win going 4-for-8 with four RBIs and three runs. Pat McInerney had three hits in the victory and now has 33 on the season. Devin Hairston also had three hits in the game and is now hitting .438 in his last 10 games.
Carolina will face Myrtle Beach and Wilmington this next week as the hope to close the gap.
Wisconsin TimberRattlers (44-48)
5th in the Midwest League Western Div.
4.0 games behind Clinton
The Rattlers had a tough 2-5 week, dropping a game against the Snappers, winning two of three from the Dayton Dragons and dropping two games against Bowling Green.
Max Lazar picked up the 1-0 victory on Thursday, with five strong innings, striking out seven and allowing just four hits. The only run in the game cane courtesy of a Yeison Coca RBI single to help the Rattlers pick up the win.
On Friday night the Rattlers took the 4-2 win and the series against Dayton. Tom (not Tim) Dillard went 2-3 with a run, while Jesus Lujano and Kekai Rios each had two hits in the victory.
Next week the Rattlers welcome South Bend to town.
Rocky Mountain Vibes (11-17)
3rd in Pioneer League South
11.0 games behind Ogden
Wins have been tough for the Vibes this season, going 2-4 last week and 5-8 in July.
One bright spot for the Vibes is Shortstop Antonio Pinero, who is hitting .313 this season in Colorado. The 20-year old from Venezuela had been in the Milwaukee Brewers system since 2016 including 87 games at the Rookie Level.