As we near the end of the first month of baseball, let's take a trip down on the farm for the Brewers Minor League system over the last week. We saw a lot of good pitching and plenty of rehab assignments to go around, that will soon fill the holes need up in Milwaukee.
Here is the Milwaukee Brewers minor league affiliate recap from April 25th to April 30th.
Brewers minor league affiliate weekly recap
Triple-A Nashville Sounds (14-12)
The Sounds find themselves around the middle of the pack in the International League West standings as this week of action closes. Despite not being where they want be in the standings there were still a lot of exciting things going on down in Hit City.
With a couple of Brewers players on rehab assignments the Sounds were able to take four of six from the Omaha Storm Chasers, improving their record to three games above .500. Brewers top pitching prospect Robert Gasser started the series strong as he picked up his first win of the season with a strong five innings of work which included eight punchouts. Most importantly for Brewers fans, Tyrone Taylor was back in action for the first time this season as he had a multi-hit game that included a couple of RBIs on the Sounds' way to win game one 8-3.
The bats stayed hot and so did Keston Hiura as he had a three-hit game, but maybe the bigger storyline was the shutout thrown by the Sounds pitching as they cruised on by the Storm Chasers 5-0. The bats went quiet in game three as the bullpen did their job not allowing any runs, as the Sounds dropped the first game of the series 2-1.
In need of starting pitching depth, Brewers fans had another sigh of relief as Adrian Houser took the mound for the first time since his injury, and he went five strong. However, the bats didn't wake up until the bottom of the eighth inning when they mustered three runs across the plate to tie it up. Brian Navarreto beat out the throw from third to bring home the winning run from third for the Sounds to walk it off in the bottom of the ninth, winning 4-3.
The hot bats continued over to Saturday night's game as there was a combined nine runs scored in the first two innings between the teams and then the pitching showed up. The Sounds bullpen threw seven shutout innings and the Sounds took advantage of yet another infield error made by the Storm Chasers as Keston Hiura was responsible for the RBI single, winning 6-5.
It was a bit of a slugfest for the series finale between the two, and the Sounds were in it right up until the end. Robert Gasser took the mound for the second time in the series and typically, a team seeing the same pitcher twice in one series doesn't go so well for the pitcher. Gasser threw five innings, giving up five runs, three walks, and three long balls as well. As far as the offensive side of things goes, third baseman Eddy Alvarez had a three-hit game followed by a productive afternoon from Tyrone Taylor as who had a hit and two RBIs.
The Sounds go on the road for a six-game series this week against the St. Paul Saints with the first pitch of the game being Tuesday at 11:07 AM CT.