There wasn’t much happening during the past week due to the All-star break, but all four Milwaukee Brewers minor league affiliates got back in action Friday night, starting with a three-game series for each.
All four teams are still in good spots to make postseason runs, but it will take some consistent series wins by the teams to make it happen.
Here is a Milwaukee Brewers minor league affiliate recap from the dates of July 22nd to July 24th.
Triple-A Nashville Sounds (55-37)
The Sounds are coming off the break sitting in first place in the International League West division with a two-game lead. They started the weekend off with a bang as Friday night they smashed a team total of four homers to outlast the Louisville Bats 12-6. The Sounds leader in home runs, Jon Singleton added to his 16 total bombs with two more.
The Bats flipped around and did the same thing to the Sounds the following night as Nashville dropped game two 10-6. However, Brewers’ No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline, shortstop Brice Turang, smashed his fifth home run of the season in an attempt to make a comeback.
The Sounds dropped game three Sunday afternoon despite home runs from Keston Hiura and Jon Singleton. Freddy Peralta made his first rehab start and went two innings, giving up one run, walking one, and striking out three.
Josh Lindblom didn’t have the greatest of outings as he gave up six runs on five hits, allowing the Bats to run away with the win 9-5. The Sounds start a six-game home stand against the last place Charlotte Knights this week.
Double-A Biloxi Shuckers (42-46)
The Shuckers have been struggling as of late, dropping six of their last 10 games and currently sitting eight games behind the division leaders, also in last place in the second half of the season, in the Southern League South Division.
That said, Biloxi came back from the All-star break on a good note as they took game one 5-1, against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. No. 2 prospect, Sal Frelick, hit his fourth home run of the season and also stole a pair of bases. Nick Bennett had himself a nice outing going seven innings, giving up two hits and a run, all with five strikeouts.
Biloxi came out Saturday looking to add to their series lead but came up just short, as they dropped game two 7-5. Garrett Mitchell, Cam Devanney, and Frelick all doubled in the shootout.
Frelick finished the game with three hits and two runs along with a walk with Mitchell notching two hits himself. Brandon Knarr got roughed up through six innings as he gave up two long balls and seven runs.
The Shuckers finished up the series with a 7-3 win to take the series two games to one. Cam Devanney, went 3-for-3 with four RBIs including a home run and a couple of singles. Carlos Luna went five innings giving up two runs while Noah Zavolas got a four-inning save giving up just one run.
Biloxi can make up some serious ground within the division this week as they are set to start another six-game homestand against the second place Montgomery Biscuits.
High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (48-41)
Coming off of the All-Star break five games back in second place in the Midwest League West Division’s second half, the Timber Rattlers are struggling to get things going back to where they were during the first half. But with the addition of Jackson Chourio, maybe that’ll be the jolt they need.
Wisconsin kicked off their three-game series against the Beloit Sky Carp by getting outslugged en route to a 10-9 loss. Eight out of nine players notched a hit for the Timber Rattlers as they sprung for 14 total hits.
Saturday’s game was postponed until Sunday when the two teams played a double-header. Beloit swept the day, winning 1-0 in game one and 5-2 in game three. The Timber Rattlers look to get back on the right foot after a rough last couple of weeks as they continue their homestand by welcoming the Cedar Rapids Kernels to town.
Low-A Carolina Mudcats (45-45)
The Mudcats are coming off the All-star break sitting in fourth place in the second half, seven games back in the Carolina League North. They came off the break with their offense firing on all cylinders, however, they fell just short in game one of their three-game series, 12-10 to the Down East Wood Ducks.
Top prospect Jackson Chourio picked right back up where he left off before the break as he went 3-for-6 with three doubles, three runs scored, and two RBIs. Hendry Mendez had himself a nice night as well as he went 3-for-5 with a double as well.
Carolina rebounded nicely the following night as they won a tight one 3-1. Mendez notched his fourth home run of the season to give the Mudcats an early lead. The pitching was the name of the game Saturday night as Edwin Jimenez went 5 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and striking out five.
A six-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth was enough for the Mudcats to cruise on by the Wood Ducks Sunday afternoon, as they took the deciding game 7-3. Jesus Chirinos homered and doubled in four at-bats.
The Mudcats head on the road for a six-game series against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Unfortunately for them it will be without Chourio as he was promoted to High-A Wisconsin after Sunday’s game.
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